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Democrats Nail the Coronavirus Convention

Every moment is about building personal connection with ever more minutely micro-targeted demographic groups.
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Richard Nixon pulled the American political convention into the television era. COVID-19 has pulled the convention into the social-media era.

Before 1968, political conventions were events. Things happened. Which meant that things could go wrong—very badly wrong, and wrong in front of a national television audience. Republicans suffered a disastrous convention in 1964: walkouts, booing, crazy speeches.

The Nixon campaign of 1968 accepted that conventions were now, above all, a . Nothing must ; everything must

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