Conventional Politics

In Philadelphia, Parental Discretion Is Advised

Putting together a political convention can be as tense as planning a wedding. Where to put those unpopular family members? Should the nominee's dad give a toast? What about his mom? Questions like these vex Republicans whose job it is to keep Americans from clicking past the G.O.P. convention for reruns of Felicity. Complicating matters, the kids want their ceremony in Philadelphia to be "nontraditional." The theme that GEORGE W. BUSH is a New Kind of Republican means nixing time-honored rites. No paeans to Senate majority leader Trent Lott or House Speaker Denny Hastert. They'll get honorary convention titles but not...

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