This week’s numbers: 60; 45; 10; 26; 15
60… is a predestined number. That’s how many years it’s been since either party had a brokered convention in which its candidate was not chosen by the first ballot. And the last candidate to win afterward was FDR, which was step one in his plan to make all his successors feel inferior.
45… is a subliminal number. That’s how many times the words “job” or “jobs” were mentioned in Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s acceptance speeches. They both even gave a shout-out to the founder of Apple just to juke the stats.
10… is a faithful number. That’s how many times the Republican Party’s 2012 platform mentions God, who commanded His followers, “thou shalt not take my name in vain unless you think it could score some bad headlines for your political opponents.”
26… is a representative number. That’s how many women spoke at the Republican convention, including entertainers. Democrats topped that on day one, but to be fair, they weren’t asking speakers to submit to an ultrasound before taking the stage.
15… is a trashy number. That’s how many hours Charlotte’s sanitation workers were expected to work for seven days a week leading up to and during the DNC. The Democrats didn’t do anything to help, but hopefully they at least sorted their recyclables.
Tim Price is Deputy Editor of Next New Deal. Follow him on Twitter @txprice.