The Corner

Four Conventions, Two Weeks

I wrote about Cleveland and Philadelphia for the New York Times this weekend.

If the last two weeks of our political life have seemed extra long, it is because we have gone through not two but four political conventions.

Cleveland had two conventions. One featured Republicans who have decided to voice support for Donald Trump’s candidacy without echoing any of his distinctive themes. That’s the convention where Chris Christie made the standard Republican case that the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has been too timid and too unsettling to our allies, where Paul Ryan spoke once again about his party’s commitment to limited government and where the typical speaker praised Mr. Trump as though he were a normal Republican nominee.

The second convention in Cleveland featured Mr. Trump himself. . . .

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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