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Conventions Don't Matter -- and Mean Even Less

Blair31 Wrote: Aug 31, 2012 5:10 PM
arpiem, I think it was right after the 1984 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the LDM decided not to cover them gavel-to-gavel, starting with the next convention, (which turned out to be 1988), and that was when the ratings dropped.

Political junkies get excited about the Republican and Democratic national conventions, but for many Americans they provide a stark reminder of how out of touch our political system has become. The strange rituals and bad jokes seem oddly out of place in the 21st century, almost as strange as seeing an engineer use a slide rule rather than an iPad to perform some complex calculation.

While partisan activists tune in when their team's big show is on the air, most unaffiliated voters view the conventions as a waste of time and money. For the past week or so, everyone...