• Political conventions are largely mass entertainment for the party faithful, punctuated by self-serving interpretations of both current events and history. Like summer big-budget movies, this year’s Democratic and Republican sequels were replete with familiar heroes and villains, funny costumes, and predictable dialogue. But instead of "I’ll be back" or "Make my day", this year’s installments will be remembered for a punchline of a different kind - - "drill, baby, drill."

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