Ira Stoll on the GOP's Rain Delay


So the Americans that survived Valley Forge and stormed the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima have gotten so soft that the mere threat of heavy rain is enough to cancel an entire day of a national political convention.

A charitable interpretation is that this is a secret stroke of strategic genius by Republican operatives who realized that they were not going to help their party's electoral chances by interrupting regularly scheduled network programming to broadcast speeches by a bunch of politicians who were also-rans in the vice-presidential contest. For better or worse, writes Ira Stoll, Mitt Romney is finding ways to tell us about himself and his plans for the country even if his fellow Republicans aren't willing to risk getting damp to hear about it.