editorialRather than waste hours of my life that I can never get back, I have been experiencing the Republican Convention vicariously through my politically polarized Facebook friends this week (I plan to do the same when the Dems meet next week).  This is a lot more fun than the real thing, because who doesn't like reality filtered through bias and outrage?  As soon as one of the candidates says or does something, my friends in the other camp jump on it, often faster than the national press, to condemn it.

My blue friends were quick to jump on Mrs. Trump's speech similarities to a speech by Michelle Obama.  I didn't like it one bit when some of my red friends posted nude pictures of Mrs. Trump.  My blue peeps loved it when Ted Cruz told Republicans to 'vote their conscience' instead of endorsing Trump, causing security officers to escort Mrs. Cruz out of the hall because they feared for her safety.  One of my blue friends gleefully pointed to a Washington Post editorial (the Post has been unabashedly partisan in its election coverage this year) that begins with, "The Donald Trump Family Reunion, formerly known as the Republican National Convention, illustrates how a once great political party now sees its main purpose as harnessing the opposition to the devil."