The Corner

Gop Fun

From a reader:

Jonah,

Another thing, after watching both the Democratic and the to-date Republican convention, why do I get a sense that the Republicans are having fun while the Democrats seemed not to. It’s just an observation – you were there so you have a better take, but I just sense, watching C-SPAN, that the delegates to the Republican Convention seem to be enjoying themselves, while watching the Democratic convention (again, on C-SPAN), the delegates always seemed to be in some kind of pain and forced to display their appreciation. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m a conservative watching at home, but that’s my take.

MEI think he’s basically right, but it’s not like I went to a lot of Democratic Parties. The few I went to the Dems did seem to be having a good time. But the mood here over all seems a bit happier. Though keep in mind that almost every Republican who recognizes me is likely to say hi or be nice (it’s not that many). But pretty much every Democrat who recognized me looked at me like I was a pedophile. So that might skew my perceptions. What do other NRO-ers think?

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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