Please read this rather-long-but-worth-your-time article. This is only the beginning:
- Republican Delegates: Good People, Failed by Their Party
After four hours speaking to Republican delegates and alternates inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday, I am prepared to offer one firm conclusion: the vast majority of people representing the GOP here are decent, polite, civic-minded people acting in accordance with their consciences. Their goodness is a confounding reality of American politics. The congressional delegations from both parties are corrupt. Politicians seeking office constantly misrepresent the truth. Partisan surrogates who speak on cable TV are often hardened, cynical versions of their younger selves. Political consultants are, insofar as they have core beliefs, Machiavellians.