Below, my hits — and misses — from the night that was.
* Fear: Mobs rioting and looting in your suburb. ISIS kidnapping your child. Socialism on the march. The final night of the convention focused heavily on trying to scare the absolute crap out of voters who might be on the fence about Donald Trump. The message was clear: You may not like what Trump says (and even some of the things he does) but the alternative is your worst nightmare. Literal chaos and the collapse of democracy. “Your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free reign to violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten our citizens,” Trump said in his acceptance speech. Why the scare tactics? Because fear is a hugely powerful motivator when it comes to voting. And Trump and his team knows he isn’t winning this race on, uh, hope and change.
* Bill de Blasio: Man, I missed the part of the Democratic presidential primary where the mayor of New York City became the party’s nominee!! Not only was there an entire video montage dedicated to savaging de Blasio over the city’s rising crime rate but former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani dedicated a chunk of his speech to going after de Blasio too. Like, why?