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Is There a Need for Political Conventions?

chronic_relatiivism Wrote: Sep 03, 2012 4:49 AM
The new anthems for the DNC and RNC should be Lenard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem rose Everybody knows...
hiimterry Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 1:20 PM
Johnette Napolitano did the very best version of that song. You left out the part most pertinent to the DNC:

Everybody knows that its now or never,
Everybody knows that its me or you,
Everybody knows that you live forever,
when ya had a line or two,
Everybody knows the deal is rotten,
Old black Joe's still pickin' cotton for your ribbons and bows,
and everybody knows

The Republican Convention was last week. The Democrats rev theirs up this week. Television viewership of the Republican Convention was down, and I suspect we will see the same thing this week.

There were a couple of factors affecting the viewership of the Republican convention. First, the major networks didn’t push it. Only an hour each night. They didn’t advertise it and plug it. Second, the Republicans shortened their convention because of the hurricane.

But, does a well established political party even need a convention?

What Bill Clinton called, “the permanent campaign”, back in the early nineties is now...