I have not caught a glimpse of the Democratic National Convention and, until this morning, I did not intend to. I am just old enough to remember when conventions actually meant something and feel no civic obligation to watch either party's pep rally. Did Michelle Obama give a great speech because she did not sound like a latter day Bernadine Dohrn (she is, after all, familiar enough with the real one)? Did ur-Democrat Hillary Clinton convincingly endorse the Democratic nominee? I don't know and I don't care. It would be newsworthy if these things didn't happen - if Mrs. Obama and Sen. Clinton could not manage to hit home runs in a softball park after a summer to get ready.
But ... Obama is going to give his speech before a replica of a classical temple? He's going to step out from between plywood columns painted to look like stone? That can't be true. No one could have been stupid enough to believe that was a good idea. I've got to see it.