Nothing motivates Congress to close up shop like the smell of jet fumes in the air. After spending the better part of the year getting nothing done, tying up loose ends this week should be easier than ever. And as they head for the doors and the August recess beyond, our senators and representatives will have their eyes on Tampa and Charlotte, hosts to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
Love them or hate them, the conventions are a pageant that everyone should see up close at least once. It’s hard to imagine presidential politics without them. It’s also hard to believe that William Shakespeare had never seen one when he wrote the line about “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”