Convention(al) Wisdom

Sep 4, 2012

We’ve been hearing for years that political conventions used to mean so much more. That these rallies actually helped parties to “decide” on candidates. Our own history with conventions goes all the way back to the beginning...1766 to be exact, in Hartford. It was organized by the “Sons of Liberty.”

Look at how far they’ve come. Last week on the Daily Show, former RNC chairman Michael Steele said he thinks conventions will change even more.

“The new age of information is changing and I think will change the way these conventions are run and the information that you get out of them because there is more push by American citizens who say, ‘I want to know now, what you’re doing,’" said Steele.

But for now, we’re stuck with pep-rally/infomercials meant to rally the base...and increasingly, the tools being used are unchecked caricature, falsehood, and in the case of Clint Eastwood-performance art.

Today,  we’ll check in on the RNC that was and the DNC that is to be. We’ll hear from reporters, analysts and politicians and you. What do you watch or listen for in political conventions? Do they matter?