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WDAM Viewpoint- What's the point?

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National political conventions are not what they used to be.  No longer are there any smoke-filled rooms where party power brokers meet to pick the next presidential candidate.  No more floor fights and lobbying of delegations.  The candidates are chosen by voters in state primaries long before the convention even begins.  Today's political conventions are little more than well-scripted infomercials with no surprises and little drama.  So why are they still being held and why are they still on TV?  You may find this question especially relevant when you learn what they cost.  Well, this year the two conventions could exceed $100-million and guess who pays the lion's share?  We do, the American taxpayer.  And hardly anybody is watching it on TV anymore.  Ratings are down across the country with each succeeding 4 year cycle and certainly there is no more gavel to gavel coverage.  A strong case can be made that today's political conventions are costly and irrelevant…but four years from now they'll do it all again.  I'm Jim Cameron…write and let me know what you think.