Tuesday's Republican convention was supposed to be about jobs. Guess what was barely mentioned?

The Republican National Convention was lite on policy
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The theme of Tuesday night's Republican National Convention was "Make America Work Again," but it might have more accurately been dubbed "Work to Make America Hate Hillary Clinton." According to a tally from FiveThirtyEight, speakers on Tuesday said "Hillary" 87 times, "Clinton" 70 times, and "jobs" just 24 times. "Donald" was said 59 times, as was "Trump" — and two of Trump's children were among the featured speakers. "Work" fared better than jobs, with 37 mentions, and "business" tied with "government" at 25 nods.

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Donald Trump's son Don Jr. and daughter Tiffany probably account for the bulk of the business talk. Most of the night felt like a criminal trial for Clinton — in fact, Chris Christie literally laid out his case to the Republican delegate jury. Ben Carson went Biblical on Clinton, and House Speaker Paul Ryan dedicated much more of his speech to attacking Clinton that he did supporting Trump. Now, Trump leads a divided party, so it makes sense that the Republicans would unite around a common foe if they can't all rally around their nominee. It will be interesting to see how the Democrats handle Trump next week.

But it is also true that in a night billed as focused on the "need to get America's economy up and running ... and get Americans working again," Republicans had basically four policy prescriptions to make that happen: Repeal ObamaCare, dig more coal, rip up government regulations, and elect Donald Trump. Or, as Hillary Clinton put it:

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For what it's worth, Wednesday's theme is scheduled to be "Make America First Again."

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.