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August 27, 2008

The convention is so much kabuki theater, but a few minutes ago the Democrats nominated the first African-American major-party candidate for President of the United States… on a motion by a woman who nearly became the first female major-party candidate for President of the United States.

I think we can all agree that, whatever our politics, this is a pretty amazing day in the history of the United State of America.

… But I don’t need every anchor and network consultant to bloviate endlessly about that. What’s the point of covering a convention if most of what you’re going to do is to cover your &#!* self?

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.