MoDo was perplexed by the mood of the DNC, so she did the obvious thing. She turned to a man who could make sense of it all (emphasis mine).

But this Democratic convention has a vibe so weird and jittery, so at odds with the early thrilling, fairy dust feel of the Obama revolution, that I had to consult Mike Murphy, the peppery Republican strategist and former McCain guru.

Yup, because Murphy has no agenda whatsoever in parsing the state of the Democratic party. He has no previous affiliations that might reveal his hopes for an outcome in November. And because he is, you know, a social psychologist trained at assessing how groups and individuals make decisions.

Turning to Murphy to assess the DNC is like asking Ben & Jerry’s to comment on Baskin-Robbins new flavor. All you’re gonna get is sour grapes.

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.