After watching the two reality shows known as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, one word comes to mind – scripted. Though the outcome of their respective nominees were already decided, the party bosses nevertheless made sure that any dissent would be squashed like a bug approaching the windshield of a speeding 18-wheeler.
On a voice vote, the Republicans amended their rules for selecting delegates, limiting control on a local and state level while increasing power on a national level. Controversial stuff to be sure, but it was addressed quickly as if it was a vote between turkey or club sandwiches for lunch. The ayes and nays sounded about the same, but the fix was in and the chair automatically announced that the resolution had passed. Of course it passed, because House Speaker John Boehner had the teleprompter words in front of him before the “vote” was even taken. Those pesky cell phone cameras can sure be a pain for a carefully scripted event.