Trump's right - a lot of people will vote for him because of SCOTUS. That's his best argument, beyond whatever weird con job he does about the economy that seems to have a lot of support.
Like you said, the reactions to the convention have been some to remember. That bigot Mike Pence actually chided Obama for "name-calling." And they also went after Hillary for "plagiarizing" a line in her speech. They're obviously trying to do the whole Karl Rove weakness-is-strength thing, but it's laughable in this case.
One of various articles I've seen speculating about the convention trying to recreate Reagan's view of politics and his 1984 campaign, and how much both the Democratic Party and the GOP have changed to switch places.
The point would be if there's story for the character. If not, leave him dead. If there's story, then they just need to find a good actor who will have chemistry with his co-stars. Massey, who had anti-chemistry with most of his co-stars and had the talent of one of those David DeCoteau "actors," wasn't it.
My problem with Vincent is he just doesn't click with anyone. Richard Blackwood would have worked in a comedy type role I think, but not this one. Shakil, my main problem is that the actor can barely speak.
I agree with most of what they said (and I'm so glad Leslie trashed the show for the "hello princess" travesty). The only thing I disagree with somewhat is the episode order - I don't think 4 episodes a week at 30 minutes is THAT much. DTC managed decent quality for a lot of his first year back, so it's possible. He just got caught up in his own ego and had poor assistants.
I definitely agree with him about too much PC. The last time the show took a chance on a non-PC character was Shabnam, and she ended up carrying large portions of the show because she was so good and so fresh.
I still don't buy Harry Reid and Steve McFadden together. Harry tries to impersonate him sometimes, but generally they just don't have any chemistry together. Harry's full on shouty cringiness in the last scenes ruined them. Harry's Ben works better away from the Mitchells, which is why the show's refusal to let him grow up is doubly crippling. Jamie Borthwick has been carrying all the younger men on the show (although I also like Danny Boy Hatcher), yet I won't be surprised if he's let go soon, because he's not part of a pet family. That's how EE works in modern times.
Not a surprise, but disappointed, as Lin Blakley has been terrific the last few weeks (one of the only good things about Paul's death story) and dead end characters like Vincent, Babe and Shakil are still around. This also makes me think the show is moving away from a community aspect to become even MORE plot-driven, which is not good at all.