We have a new champion in the “Worst Use of a Popular Song at a Political Convention” category
Since 1984, I believe the clear leader has been the Ronald Reagan re-election committee’s use of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as background for a group of on-stage dancing Republicans at that year's Republican convention. Last night,Trump’s convention topped it by using Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to end the convention. For me, one of the song’s strengths lies in the ambiguity of the lyrics. Try as I might, however, I could not create any interpretation of Cohen's song that justifies a man who wants to be proclaimed king or dictator.
The White House as a Republican political prop
From Senator Joe Manchin:
From Senator Shelley Moore Capito via WV MetroNews:
Capito admitted the choice was unprecedented and doesn’t know if it will ever be repeated.
“I’m imagining the legalities of this were fully vetted at the White House and that’s why they decided to go forward,” Capito said.
(Yes, Senator, and I'm sure that Trump has learned his lesson!)
From an editor at the conservative National Review:
I liked the response from Senator Amy Klobuchar: “Get off our lawn.”
And yes, be careful what you make jokes about:
If you saw any footage of the crowd, you probably saw a mostly-maskless audience sitting very close together. Here is a Trump official's explanation:
Again, from the West Virginia senator up for re-election:
Capito said she and her husband had their masks on the entire time but were probably in the minority.
“We had our’s on because we are respectful of the mask mandate. We believe in it,” Capito said.
She said she was not fearful of being there.
(There are some things you can't fix.)
*Yes, Trump did "profoundly accept" the nomination.
Yes, another lesson learned
The New York Times on Trump's decision to hold the event at the White House:
Mr. Trump’s aides said he enjoyed the frustration and anger he caused by holding a political event on the South Lawn of the White House, shattering conventional norms and raising questions about ethics law violations. He relished the fact that no one could do anything to stop him, said the aides, who spoke anonymously to discuss internal conversations.
Cohen's estate on the use of music
Of course, they did.