There was no shortage of spectacle at the Republican National Convention s opening night, from Melania Trump s apparently plagiarized speech to Rudy Giuliani s compelling demonstration of his outside voice.
Let us not allow these to distract us, though, from the real star of the show: Donald Trump s smoke machine.
And in some ways, how perfect: A moment of unearned grandiosity that quickly fades, but probably leaves a stink.
But Trump is hardly the first person to use a smoke machine to juice an entrance.
How does he compare with the previous greats?
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