Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Republican convention avoids content

Having watched, off and on, maybe two thirds of last night's Republican convention on PBS , it can safely be said that any detail of policy was completely ignored.  From stars of shows about dimwits to half known celebrities to the always rabidly attention seeking Rudy Giuliani, the only message was "trust Trump" or "Trump is a leader" or "Trump has your back" and on and on. There was no discussion of issues with any policy content whatsoever.

This may be the tone of the entire convention, and looking at the audience it seems as if they are fine with that.  Attacking Hillary Clinton in an ugly way was a highly popular approach by a few speakers and blaming all of the perceived ills of the country on the Clinton and Obama administrations must have been required of every speaker.  Wasn't there this person named George W. Bush in the middle there somewhere.

This week's The New Yorker magazine(July 25th issue) has an interesting article about the ghost writer of "Trump's" best selling book "The Art of the Deal", Tony Schwartz.  Schwartz, who wrote virtually every word of the book that Trump now claims to have written by himself, regretfully says that "I'll have to carry this until the end of my life".  He notes that "if Trump is elected President, the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows --- that he couldn't care less about them."

Essentially, he views Trump as an obsessive attention seeker, an almost psychopathic narcissist, who would be a disaster as political leader, a world leader for God's sake.  This is interesting reading, even if highly opinionated.

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