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.