This is just too rich. In The Hill we learn that on Fox News today, Newt Gingrich suggested a rather unusual departure from precedent for the Republican National Convention:

“We’ll basically have a national, electronic convention.

“I can imagine a circumstance, for example, where they suspended the keynote address on the first night and actually had a presidential debate in front of the delegates of the candidates.”

Sure, Newt. Republicans will leap at the idea of throwing out all the primaries and all the rules and letting you and God knows who else debate the putative nominee before votes are taken. It would be different, no question about that. Nominees didn’t even appear at the convention until FDR broke the taboo in 1932. Why not force him to go through yet another debate and turn the convention itself into a flash mob?

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.