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Awkward and theatrical as they were, for the public the conventions will soon be a distant memory. In the past two weeks political commentators have been gripped with convention fever, as the Republican and Democratic parties met to choose their respective nominees for this year’s presidential election.

Awkward and theatrical as they were, for the public the conventions will soon be a distant memory

Lindsay Hoffman comments that both conventions were marked not by chaos or violent protests – as many had predicted – but by their awkwardness. Despite the wall to wall coverage, with the presidential election campaign about to enter high gear, she writes that the conventions will soon be a distant memory for the public. They’re over. The conventions, which everyone has been talking about for two weeks, are over. But what role have they really played in this long selection process for the President? So how does this year differ? It wasn’t until 1968, at the chaotic Democratic National Convention in Chicago, that reforms established delegate selection to be open, and that delegates would represent the proportion of their population in each state. That’s what I saw in 2012. Clinton v Trump: convention speeches conjure two vastly different Americas. The circus of the Republican convention masks an extremely divided party.

This week sees the Republican National Convention take place in Cleveland, Ohio.

The circus of the Republican convention masks an extremely divided party

Brian Klaas previews the convention, commenting that the ascendancy of Donald Trump means that it takes place against the backdrop of the most divided campaign in nearly 50 years. Establishment Republicans, he writes, now face a choice: either stay home, or become political contortionists and support Donald Trump. Starting today, a clown car of politicians, retired astronauts, casino owners, wine merchants, pro golfers, and former underwear models will begin to give speeches in support of Donald Trump at the long-awaited Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Their fawning praise will finally reach the peak of its crescendo on Thursday night, when Donald Trump’s biggest fan takes the stage: Donald Trump. In American politics, the national party conventions before a presidential election are always political theater but they usually follow a familiar script.

Shortened URL for this post: Republican and Democratic platforms show parties further apart than ever. As the Republican convention in Cleveland begins, the GOP and Democratic platforms for the 2016 presidential election are complete.

Republican and Democratic platforms show parties further apart than ever

They sit on either side of a vast ideological gulf. Perusal of the two sets of policies reveals that on issues that are staples of the campaign trail – such as immigration and gay marriage – the two parties are now further apart than ever before. Immigration The Democratic platform urges the passage of a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the US. It also commits to defending and implementing Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) – which provided temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as Dreamers, and undocumented immigrant parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

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Ever since 1972, when the Republicans began scripting their speeches with evening television audiences in mind, the quadrennial gatherings have been tightly stage-managed. Journalists and political junkies hoped that this year's Republican shindig would be the first convention with the nominee in doubt since 1980, when Ted Kennedy tried in vain to unseat the incumbent Democratic president Jimmy Carter. As it happened, Donald Trump managed to secure a comfortable majority of pledged delegates. Nonetheless, the convention's first day still offered a bit of suspense, when the #NeverTrump faction made a last-minute effort to register a protest. There was also a cringe-worthy moment when Melania Trump, the nominee's wife, repeated numerous phrases verbatim that Michelle Obama had used in her 2008 convention speech about her husband.

5 takeaways from Cruz’s convention stunner. CLEVELAND — Ted Cruz just out-Trumped Trump.

5 takeaways from Cruz’s convention stunner

Turns out that when you bully a guy for months, suggest his wife is unattractive, insinuate that his dad participated in the JFK assassination, call him “Lyin’ Ted,” dispatch your bouncer-like emissaries to coerce an endorsement, then give him a prime-time speaking spot on the third night of your nominating convention — well, you get the picture. Story Continued Below Audacity is supposed to be Donald Trump’s most valuable attribute, but it was Cruz who delivered one the most audacious blows of the 2016 campaign, pointedly refusing to endorse his party’s nominee even as an incensed audience at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night booed him off the stage.

Revenge is best served on live national TV. Republican National Convention diary day 4: Donald Trump to give biggest speech of his life in Cleveland. Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever. Patrick Fallon/ZUMA "Lock her up!

Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever

Lock her up! " Politics, Policy, Political News. Trump promises ‘showbiz’ at convention, but stars on stage will be relatively dim. CLEVELAND — When Democrats gather for their national convention in Philadelphia, the list of speakers praising Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy is expected to feature the president, the vice president, the first lady, a former president and a galaxy of well-known political luminaries.

Trump promises ‘showbiz’ at convention, but stars on stage will be relatively dim

But when the Republican convention opens next week in Cleveland, presumptive nominee Donald Trump will showcase an assortment of family members, defeated primary opponents and politicians whose names barely register with the general public. Many of the GOP’s past, current and future leaders are staying away from the spotlights at the Quicken Loans Arena. The star-power disparity between the conventions speaks volumes about the state of the two parties — one is united and marching together toward what it hopes will be its fifth win of the past seven presidential elections, while the other remains divided and still not fully accepting its new standard bearer. Sen. Politics Orlando Shooting Updates. Can Trump’s opponents manipulate the convention rules and defeat him? Here’s the problem. The Craziest Convention Moments You’ve Never Heard Of. A legion of political journalists is heading to Cleveland this month with a sense of anticipation that’s been absent for decades: at long last, a national convention with the prospect that something unexpected might actually happen.

The Craziest Convention Moments You’ve Never Heard Of

Donald Trump Issues a Warning to Republicans Attending the Republican National Convention. Only a few weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump is preparing for what’s likely to be a charged event, as some Republicans look to upend the gathering.

Donald Trump Issues a Warning to Republicans Attending the Republican National Convention

How? Trump foes make new push to unbind GOP convention delegates. Anti-Trump delegates to the Republican National Convention are circulating the language of a plan that would free all delegates to vote for the candidate of their choosing at the convention, a move aimed at loosening Donald Trump’s grip on the party’s presidential nomination.

Trump foes make new push to unbind GOP convention delegates

A letter, sent to members of the convention rules committee by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, makes no mention of Trump but includes a new party rule that would permit any delegate to shrug off pledged support — usually, support dictated by the results of state primaries or caucuses — for any candidate by invoking a new “conscience” clause. Story Continued Below Unruh, the rule’s author, has attended seven national conventions and was elected at a state convention to return as a delegate for Ted Cruz. She was also elected by her fellow Colorado delegates to serve on the convention rules committee. New Trump or Old Trump, GOP leaders remain conflicted ahead of Cleveland. How Presidential Campaigns Choose Vice Presidents. The remaining candidates in the presidential race have toiled their way through the primaries, outlasting 18 opponents between the two parties. But pretty soon, there will be a new crop of potential White House denizens for the campaigns to worry about.

And it seems they’ve barely started vetting them. Springtime in an election year is vice-presidential selection season, when campaigns must begin brainstorming and vetting candidates for the major parties’ tickets. Get Ready for the Fireworks at a Contested GOP Convention. Clinton and Her Superdelegates. A look back at contested conventions. Now that actual voting has started in the 2016 presidential campaign, there’s been more than the usual amount of chatter and speculation about whether this might be the year for a contested convention – particularly on the Republican side, given the large field of GOP candidates and the unpredictable nature of the contest so far. A contested convention, for those who’ve never experienced one (which is to say, everyone under the age of 35 or 40), occurs when no candidate has amassed the majority of delegate votes needed to win his or her party’s nomination in advance of the convention.

A candidate still might gather the delegates needed by the time balloting begins, in which case the nomination is settled on the first ballot. Even before primaries and caucuses came to dominate presidential campaigns in the 1970s, parties generally didn’t welcome contested conventions, especially when they went past the first ballot. As political scientist V.O. Topics: Elections and Campaigns, U.S. Sanders supporters' courtship of Clinton superdelegates may be backfiring.

Campaigns secretly prep for brokered GOP convention. Mysterious outside groups are asking state parties for personal data on potential delegates, Republican campaigns are drawing up plans to send loyal representatives to obscure local conventions, and party officials are dusting off rule books to brush up on a process that hasn’t mattered for decades. As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz divide up the first primaries and center-right Republicans tear one another apart in a race to be the mainstream alternative, Republicans are waging a shadow primary for control of delegates in anticipation of what one senior party official called “the white whale of politics”: a contested national convention.

Story Continued Below The endgame for the most sophisticated campaigns is an inconclusive first ballot leading to a free-for-all power struggle on the floor in Cleveland. “This is going to be a convention like I’ve never seen in my lifetime,” said veteran operative Barry Bennett, who managed Ben Carson’s campaign until December and is now advising Trump. GOP preparing for contested convention. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.

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