Both parties are likely to put politics aside this summer in favor of pure entertainment.
American voters don’t watch political conventions for information. They watch for the spectacle. And this year promises more rave reviews than Hamilton.
First up are the Republicans, who will host their meeting of the minds July 18 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Really, the only thing you need to know is that Donald Trump is going to be there as the presumptive nominee. Donald. Trump.
Will potential First Lady Melania deliver a rousing speech in Slovenian that promotes her jewelry line? Will loyal Republican Jessica Simpson report for the E! channel wearing her flag-themed bikini? Will Trump hint at an appointment for Omarosa as Secretary of Defense? Will Vermont take this opportunity to secede from the Union?
America holds its breath.
The Democratic convention holds even more suspense. Starting July 25, the Dems descend on Philadelphia, and Hillary Clinton could very well lock up the presidency with a single announcement: George Clooney as her running mate.
In any case, the odds are 2-1 that her big moment will be interrupted by Kanye West, who will crash the stage, grab the mic, and fast-track his own presidential bid. After all, why wait for 2020? It won’t be hard to tempt “Bernie or Bust” millennials away from Clinton, insomuch as he’s already cornered the critical Kardashian vote (although Scott Disick is a wild card). Will the televised proceedings most resemble The Amazing Race or American Horror Story? Either way, the ratings should be record-breaking.