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August 03, 2004

Preaching to the Choir

The Democratic National Convention is now over and the Republican National Convention will be here before you know it, and I have begun wondering what the point is of even having them. While watching bits and pieces of the DNC, I was struck by how these conventions do little to persuade voters to switch from the party they have already chosen. It is just like preaching to the choir. The minister stands before the congregation and tells them that people should believe in God and attend church……..which does little to improve church attendance or bring in new members.

I guess the point is to simply get exposure and encourage those already within your party to support your candidate and get out and vote, because surely the speeches don’t sway enough people to make it worthwhile. I caught myself several times during last week thinking, “I agree with that,” or “He is a good speaker,” while I’m sure Republicans sat in their homes thinking, “Jackass,” or “He is lying through his teeth” while watching the same presentation. The conventions are just glorified pep-rallies, and while I may watch your team celebrate, I sure as hell won’t pull for them just because they had a bigger bonfire and chanted cooler slogans.

In politics we often get into one party and never even look at another party, all-the-while telling ourselves that it is the members of the other party who are unwilling to look at their candidate in a critical manner. Those voters who really are undecided will most likely vote based on whatever “crisis” has occurred closest to election day. Perhaps Kerry will admit that he stole one of his purple hearts and people will vote against him. Or maybe a secret document will surface proving that Bush lied to the American public in order to lead us into war and the tide will sway in the other direction. As of today, I believe the election is close, and it could be determined by who demonstrates the greatest amount of damage control in the days leading up to the election.

For now I guess we will continue to have these conventions in the same manner as in recent years, even though I believe it would be more useful to have debates 4 nights in a row instead of a parade of speakers telling people how great their political party is. However, I wasn’t asked, so I guess I will just sit back and wait to see what cheers the Republicans will yell at their convention. I’m sure the congregation will love it, whatever the hell it is.

Posted by Woundwort at August 3, 2004 11:23 AM | TrackBack
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Just about as boring as a Liberal, Tory, Labour party conference in the UK. The bloggers seemed starved of material as well.

Posted by: Expategghead at August 3, 2004 02:11 PM

It is unbeleaveable that in 1971 Kerry told the wold that there were no heros in NAM, only rapists,and murderers. and now he says he's a hero BULLSHIT, I was there and what he said to congress was a bold faced lie.4mo.'s 12 days does not make a"person who knows war" His own CO. doesn't know who put Kerry in for his medals.
Go to "Swift sailors for truth" And I'm a Dem. but I won't vote for Kerry

Posted by: snowman1 at August 4, 2004 01:22 AM

Disinfopedia has a useful article about corporate sponsorship at the 2004 Labour Conference in Brighton - check it out!

Posted by: blogging the Labour Party Conference in Brighton at September 21, 2004 05:10 PM
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