21 minutes | Mar 23rd 2016

Episode 23: Open Conventions 101 with Quin Hillyer

There’s a real chance that the Republican Party could start their convention this year without the nomination settled. It would be the first time that happened since 1976, and many in the news media don’t seem to understand the politics of political conventions. Quin Hillyer does, and he shares some of that knowledge on this Crummy Little Podcast. (Well, more accurately, he took me to school on how conventions work.) As you’re watching the coverage of the nominating process, remember that words matter. You’ll hear reporters (and, yes, occasionally people who host crummy little podcasts) misuse terms like “brokered convention” and “seating delegates.” They could probably use someone like Quin serving as their own personal Inigo Montoya. The convention process isn’t all that difficult to understand; cutting through bad information might be a challenge. Listen/download it here or subscribe on iTunes. Extras: A prolific writer, Quin is published all over the place, so QuinHillyer.com is a good starting point if you’re looking for his excellent writing. You can and should also follow him on Twitter. Most notably, Quin is a Contributing Editor at National Review and a Senior Editor at the American Spectator. Very early on, Quin was among the first voices banging a drum about the effects Donald Trump’s business record has had on the “little guy.” He is part of a group of conservative thought leaders who met in Washington last week to strategize about ways the party could avoid a Donald Trump nomination.  
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