GOP convention night one: We built it!

Matt Yglesias: Last night in the comfort of my
living room watching PBS, I got a better sense of exactly how tedious it
is to watch person after person saying basically the same thing. But it
also reminds you of the fundamental value of conventions–they cut
through the veil of “news” and remind non-junkies of the enduring
disagreements between the parties that, at root, all elections are
about.

Only once you see it in that light do last night’s activities make sense.

Otherwise, on the surface the theme of the evening was dedicated to attacking Barack Obama for something he never said.
If your main critique of the Obama administration is that you’re
worried he thinks that business owners didn’t build their own
businesses, then I’ve got good news for you–he doesn’t think that and he
never said it.

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