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Old 09-02-2004, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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question about the U.S. political conventions

ok, here's what i dont really understand about the democratic and republican national conventions:

i read that the point of these conventions is for eveybody to get together to decide and announce who will be the party's candidate.
but -
  • by the time these conventions happen, its already been decided and widely known who the candidate will be
  • both parties try to put off announcing their candidate as long as possible, even if everyone already knows, becuz once they have offficially announced their man they only get a small amount of money to spend on their campaigns, but untill the announcement is made they can collect and spend funds like mad

so, if there is no voting or deciding being done becuz the candidates are already a foregone conclusion, and there is no announcement made (to dodge campaign spending limits), then what really is the point of these conventions?
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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To formally announce their candanicy (sp?).

Its like in a couple months when YaHooka will nominate me as the kewlest member ever. We all know that I am the kewlest but we need a big ceremony to announce it.
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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conventions are largely meant as rallying crys for the respective party.

with the advent of television, this has only grown in importance, and in the last few electiosn mass media has become so vital and important and the potential for a bounce in poll ratings following the conventions so high that both parties try to outdo themselves with charismatic speeches and entertainment.

bread and circuses?
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yup...but the parties have changed the rules...really the primaries are like the electoral college where you are only designating who you want the delegates to vote for at the convention..used to be all the deals (smoked filled rooms)
were made at the convention itself...its all just a show now...the parties learned from the 50's when the original "black panther party"(not related to the militant group) would send protest delagates because the democratic party in some states banned blacks for participating in the primaries..

there used to be fights on the floor and nothing was decided untill the convention...then the media age came in and its all a dog and pony show now
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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and guess what pays for them.....?

OUR TAX DOLLARS

what a crock of bullshit
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