Conventions giving us best political drama in decades
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It won't get any better than this.

It, of course, being the political theatre we've witnessed at the Republican and Democratic conventions over the past seven days.

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Forget about party lines and what helps and hurts the candidates in Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE. News has been changing so quickly and utterly unpredictably that it's been hard to stop and appreciate just how crazy this all has been, starting in Cleveland last week.

Think back on modern political history and ask yourself: has it ever been more raw, more candid and less homogenized and staged than now?

Melania Trump's plagiarized speech to kick off the Republican National Convention (words taken from — of all people — the sitting First Lady) set the tone for what was to come. The reactions were even more priceless, with RNC strategist Sean Spicer evoking passages from My Little Pony as a defense. The story easily had legs until Wednesday, with many political pundits already declaring the RNC a dumpster fire.

Then came Day 3 and Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Heritage Foundation names new president Fewer than 4 in 10 say US is on right track: poll MORE's introduction to the world as Donald Trump's running mate. But that moment somehow got stepped on by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE's speech that featured the longest non-endorsement speech you'll ever see at a convention.

Cruz could have chosen to stay away like other party Trump rivals and critics from Mitt Romney to Jeb Bush to John Kasich, but opted to embarrass Trump with America watching instead in telling them to "vote their conscience." And as he wrapped up under a thunderstorm of boos, Trump appeared on the convention floor to cheers. It was like watching "House of Cards" meets "Veep" meets "The Apprentice".

Thursday meant all eyes were on Trump's big acceptance speech. Would he go the insult route? Would a TelePrompTer keep him from going off on the kind of tangent that — while making him unique and entertaining compared to other politicians — would portray him as anything but presidential?

But even that day featured news that was shocking to many Republicans: Roger Ailes, a friend of Trump's and the catalyst of an alternative-to-liberal media cable news network that has dominated its competition since the turn of the century — was out at Fox News due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Those who loathe conservatives rejoiced at the confluence of events: the RNC was crumbling as the network many GOP'ers turn to loses the only leader it ever had.

Trump's speech — thanks to staying on script — didn't shock or surprise anyone, and that was news in amongst itself. Overall, anyone with the name Trump (Melania notwithstanding) gave highly-praised speeches. If any winners could be declared out of the RNC, it was the Trump adult children, who wowed even the most staunch critics of Trump with poignant, pointed, passionate remarks that led Mike Pence — who was forgotten thanks to Cruz but also solid — to say this about Trump: "You can't fake good kids."

So as Cleveland ended, and the media quickly moved to Philadelphia, the verdict was in: Ratings were down slightly overall across all the networks covering the RNC, the American people either had Trump fatigue or were rejecting him, and the DNC would be a happy, harmonious place in the city of Brotherly Love without the kind of chaos that ensured in Ohio.

And on cue, then came the Wikileaks treasure trove email dump on Friday. That said dump led to the relatively swift resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman, after it was revealed that she and her staff had exchanged emails that confirmed what many have felt all along: the scales were being tipped for Hillary Clinton and against Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE by his own party committee, which is supposed to be neutral.

Chaos — yup, there's that word again — reigned in Philadelphia on Day 1.

Chants of "lock her up", which were supposed to be only the sentiment of hateful Republicans directed at Hillary Clinton, could be heard by supporters of Sanders against Wasserman Schultz throughout the day. Booing of DNC officials such as Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act New HUD rule aimed at preventing evictions from public housing Briahna Joy Gray: 'Strong likelihood' Turner will run for the House in 2022 MORE could be heard in the Wells Fargo Center just by mentioning Clinton. Wasserman Schultz herself was jeered by her own Florida delegates at the DNC breakfast on Monday morning; a scene played over and over again throughout the day on cable news. The Hill's recap headline says it all:

"Dems flirt with disaster on convention's first day".

Conventions used to be completely stage-managed and choreographed from start to finish. They used to be four-day informercials. Yawn.

Division? Unhappiness? Revolt? Please. That hasn't happened since decades and certainly not in the era of 24/7 cable news and cynical social media.

But with five days gone across two conventions — with a Wikileaks weekend to fill in the gap — it doesn't get any better than this if unparalleled political entertainment and drama is something to appreciate.

Three days remain. Maybe things get back on track, back on script. But that's not what the 2015-2016 race has been about for Democrats or Republicans alike.

Chaos has been the theme throughout and it's all coming to an apex now.

If you love political theatre, stop and appreciate what you're seeing for a moment.

Because it may never get any better than this.

Concha is a media reporter for The Hill.


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