conventions have a public and a private face. The respective parties and their
nominees carefully control how each looks. John McCain's campaign is trying to
keep some of his and Sarah Palin's positions on policy out of the public eye--meaning
out of prime time speeches, and in some cases even out of the public forums that
take place during the day and are open to the media. These omissions are as
important to what the convention means as the speeches themselves. They show
what candidate wants to hide from the public--until after he is elected.
--John B. Judis