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Democrat convention was one long boring infomercial

Democrat convention was one long boring infomercial

Because of what I do — and my lifelong personal and professional interest in politics and public policy — I have always had the ability to stay awake through even the longest political speeches and spectacles.  Well … the Democratic National Convention has exceeded my cognitive abilities.

Trying to stay attuned to the Democrats’ quadrennial game show was not easy.  In fact, it was painful.  Then it dawned on me.  The problem.  The feeling I had – you know, to want to grab the remote and jump to the History Channel.  It was not my natural disagreement with much of what was said and claimed.  No.  No.  No.  It was just painfully repetitious and boring.   It was like being tied to a chair and forced to watch nothing but public television’s fundraising campaigns.

Consider this.  What if your favorite television channel had suddenly abandoned all programming and ran nothing by commercials – and you had to watch them.  That was it.  That was the feeling I had.  I had seen and heard it all before – many times.  It was like being stuck watching the ubiquitous ads with Joe Namath selling health insurance or the Pillow Man peddling Giza bedsheets.

Now to be fair, Covid-19 required an abandonment of the traditional convention format. But couldn’t all those media geniuses come up with something better than talking head commercials wedged between talking-head news reports that peddle the same political messages?   Something … anything … better than what the Democrats put us through for four Looooooong days?

Of course, media bias was a factor in downgrading the Democrats’ performance.  One might even say that they undermined the Party’s effort because we have been seeing those same talking-head commercials for months already – selling the same goods in the same virtual format.  Could Senator Kamala Harris, former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren way anything we had not heard them say many times?  Democrats simply took the MSNBC political programming and changed the sets and a few panelists.

I began to realize the problem when a Biden/Harris paid political ad came on and I momentarily thought it was just another segment of the official convention program.  The paid ad had included some of the same (or very similar) images that I was seeing repeatedly during the official proceedings.

Conversely, the so-called news media was carrying the same themes as the convention. During the convention, Democrat strategists launched their get-out-the-vote message with the theme – “Plan Your Vote.”  They repeated it often and even offered a contact point where the Party could help you do so.

Almost simultaneously, MSNBC went on-air with their own public service advertisement with the very same Plan Your Vote title.  Collusion?  Imagine the converse – that a news network would produce a supposedly generic public-service get-out-the-vote ad with at theme like … oh, I don’t know ….  maybe … “Make American Great Again.”

As a matter of fact, “plans” was a reoccurring theme.  Borrowing from former presidential candidate Senator Elisabeth Warren – peddling herself as the lady with the plans – one of the most repeated assertions – excluding negative statements about President Trump – was that Biden had “plans” – plans for everything.  Plans to end the pandemic.  Plans to end unemployment.  Plans to bring about world peace.  Plans to cure cancer.  Plans to end all economic hardship.  Plans to produce more plans.  As far as the details on any of those plans, they were about as extensive as a litany of Biden’s past accomplishments.

In a sense, this year’s conventions are like a reality show – made exclusively for television.  Democrats failed to put on the show and just replaced programming with a contiguous series of infomercials – and boring ones, at that.  But to understand just how ridiculously far the Democrat-loving media will go to spin their praise machine, the Washington Post’s Peter Marks penned a column headlined, “The convention isn’t just efficient.  It’s award-worthy television.”  Award-worthy?  Not unless there is one for banality.

The Republicans face the same challenge as the Democrats in planning their “convention” in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  But they have several advantages.  They will have the last word in terms of conventions.  They will have the opportunity to learn from the Democrats’ mistakes.  Republican voters are more enthused by a considerable margin according to the polls.  And because Donald Trump is Donald Trump, they will more than likely have a considerably larger audience.  They have the curiosity and anticipation factors on their side.  It is almost certain that the Republicans will produce something a lot more interesting, entertaining and informative – and viewed by a much larger audience.

Their only disadvantage is that the anti-Trump media cabal will not be playing the supportive role they do for the Democrats.  You can rest assured no matter what is said or done, the post-convention analysis will be overwhelmingly and preposterously negative.

After a short intermission, we will see if Act II is better than Act I – and that would not take much.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Mike

    Larry-Since you posted this on August 25, I am sure that it was just a typo and you meant to say “Republican National Convention”. I know conservatives are slow to adapt, but the DNC was last week, the topic of discussion this week is the RNC. And you want to talk boring? And negativity? I tuned in last night and was shocked to hear Nikki Haley say “America is not a racist nation”. She obviously has been living in some sort of bubble-or perhaps she was just trying to spin the narrative. The only speaker who was at all uplifting was Tim Scott. The first part of his speech was good, and then he digressed… The rest of the convention-filled with BS and yawn… So how about moving on to current events rather than continuing to try to pull the Democrats down for what was a well-received effort to effectively deal with a convention in the current situation where the Trump Virus is still running rampant across much of the country?

    • Larry Horist

      As a person who have spent my life fighting against
      Democratic Party racism, I not only agree with Nikki Haley, but I think she must have read my long ago commentary that puts American racism in the proper perspective. There is residual racism — and system racism in certain places. Mostly Democrat-run cities where the minority populations are kept segregated and impoverished. But the vast majority of Americans are not only not racist — they are among the most tolerant people on earth. We are an immigration nation unlike any other on earth. Just for your reference, here is my old commentary on American racism. ,,, Enjoy

      • Mike

        Larry-You obviously have talked to very few people in your lifetime if you believe what Nikki said “America is not a racist country”. While I am somewhat younger than you, I have lived on both coasts and grown up in the middle, and I assure you-you are wrong. Clearly we are better than we were 50 years ago, but there is still a mistrust of minorities-less so with Asians and Indians (Indians like Haley that is-as long as they are not overtly ethnic), but check with the Sikh’s, blacks, Latinos and even Jews and you will get a very different story. The BLM protests are not happening just because-they are happening because there is a problem, and that problem is called racism. Try not to parrot what you have heard others say, open your eyes and ears, otherwise you really sound ignorant-just as Haley did last night..

    • william couch

      IT’s China’s virus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, DUMBOCRAT!!!!

  2. Dan Tyree

    Mike your commiecrat party would puke a maggot off a dead animal. They have no vision or plan except to turn America into a socialist dung pile.

  3. Dan Tyree

    Mike you’re so stupid that you probably think mobey dick is an std

  4. Richard U

    Hey Mike, they now have medication which can perhaps help the dementia you obviously have.