One Big Happy Riot – The Democrats try to spin dysfunction as triumph.

Behold the Democrats: party of the people, party of progress, party of the perpetually aggrieved. In Philadelphia yesterday, they kicked off their quadrennial convention, in the process reminding everyone that they are also the party in power. The task before them is formidable: to sell Americans on the notion that eight years of Democratic rule have left the country better off, while at the same time convincing swing voters in Ohio and Florida that a host of ills—from patriarchy and institutional racism to corporate greed and police brutality—plague us still, and require ever greater levels of government intervention to solve.

The argument lends itself to cognitive dissonance.