Attending both political parties’ conventions last month, I certainly had some upside-down-world moments.
The Republican convention featured a sprawling blended family, an LGBT first, and promises of a top-down government fix, while the Democratic convention showcased religiosity, patriotism, militarism, and American exceptionalism.
The Republican convention pushed radical change while the Democratic one championed the more conservative tenet of unwavering consistency.
It was enough to make my head spin.
But beyond the oddity of the incongruities was the production itself. Modern conventions are all about stagecraft and television production. They are multimillion-dollar infomercials for the candidate and the party. There are few surprises and few flashes of unpolished candor. When such flashes do occur, they often come from people who are not practiced politicians.