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In this Sept. 2011, file photo, new CIA director David Petraeus (right) accompanied by his wife Holly Knowlton Petraeus and Vice President Joe Biden, speaks following his swearing-in ceremony, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
WASHINGTON: The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans achieved not unity, but only a rough facsimile.