Neither party has much to offer, but they do have a lot to take. And so it appears that their nominating conventions this week and next will cost taxpayers as much as $136 million.
Voters have known for a while who the candidates will be, and most have already made up their minds, defeating two of the three reasons to have a convention in the first place.
The third, party solidarity, is important. A party with low morale and little enthusiasm isn't going to do well in the polls. But independents like this writer shouldn't be on the hook for the political equivalent of trust fall exercises. Nor should Democrats be paying for the GOP's convention, and vice versa.