Division and Fear, for example, is what the GOP and its operatives do best. It is a brand identifier like the Marlboro cowboy. It also accounts for why the white bread crowd was the most compelling image of the evening.
Example #1: against its own principles of limited government, GOP elected officials imposed the greatest intrusion of government surveillance of citizenry in the history of the republic, using fear to galvanize its imperatives on Americans.
And so when Christie summons the verbal cues of the GOP being "uniters, not dividers" or how the GOP will lead the "Great Second Century", my attention first goes blank, then starts to wonder if there are safe havens left, anywhere, for truth or for historical fact. (When Gov. Christie started on "truth", I held up the reversible mirror to interpret.)
What was most alarming? The pan shots. You wouldn't find more homogeneity in a herd of Texas steer. Every now and again an African American showed up in the camera view, as though to highlight the gaping holes in "The Big Tent" Republicans were inviting a national audience to huddle under together, and you could almost hear the TV producer in the van outside muttering to the operator, keeping moving!
The election relies on a narrow slice of independents and the women vote. Soon, the Democrats will put on their own convention. I'm looking forward, indeed, to former Florida governor Charlie Crist.
None of the extremism that percolates and bubbles through the Republican brand was audible in the Christie speech. What about Republicans staying away from the polls in November: a silent protest? What about Republican voters in large numbers withholding their vote and saying to the extremists masquerading as the Tea Party, finally, "Enough is enough! We want our party back!"