Paid advocate Chris Matthews concludes his 7 August show with a list of Republicans he'd like to see address the national convention, as a warning to voters about "the screeching of bedlam" that could await the Republic.

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I note only that neither Mr Matthews nor his almost as hyper colleague Lawrence O'Donnell, nor a few of the more egregious urban ward-heelers in Congress, are likely to be prime-time speakers at the Democratic convention, despite the truth in packaging their presence would present.

Nor should either party put its truest believers on display.  It is not for their benefit that there are prime-time convention speeches, which are properly for the persuasion of the median voter, unless the true-believers have quadratic loss functions.

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