State party conventions are not about the average voter—the people like you and me who show up at the polling places in November or during early voting and often hold their noses before casting a ballot for the evil of two lessers. No, conventions consist of the motivated folks who stuff envelopes for candidates, pound in yard signs, attend caucuses and county or senatorial district conventions, all to reach this moment when they become part of something larger than themselves in the idea that they are protecting—or bettering—the American way of life. Their beliefs are articles of faith, and the party convention provides the consecration. For the Republicans who gathered in San Antonio this month, their faith was in Donald Trump, a president they saw…View Original Post
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