Message to State Executive Committee members:

This week two Democrats debated two Republicans in front of a tough crowd: male high school politicos who attend the American Legion's weeklong political role-playing extravaganza known as Boys' State.

The Republicans, a state senator and a prominent YR had a rough time of it. Why? Because they made the mistake of handing out their party's platform in advance.

"How can you be against abortion and for the death penalty?" is a tough one to answer.

The Democratic debaters, an NCDP employee and a nearby city councilman, didn't have to work very hard to win the day. Why? No platform in hand. No copies of said platform to hand out. Ergo, not quite so many embarrassing questions.

All the Democrats had to do was refrain from telling their impressionable audience that party platforms are created by a convoluted not-so-democratic process that practically guarantees that they won't make any sense.

So, to those of you Executive Committee members who will be voting on the state Democratic party platform this weekend: Please remember that the only people likely read it will be opponents and/or the press trying to dig dirt on your candidates, AND anyone you are stupid enough to show it to.

Comments

Heads up on Repug campaign strategy:

The state senator was actually crying poverty. He said that being the minority party meant they were dreadfully outfinanced. I couldn't see through my own, but I think the Democratic opponents were unable to respond, all choked up with tears.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

The NCGOP Platform Link

Here you go. I love how line one of the Preamble smacks of desperation:

The North Carolina Republican Party represents the values of the majority of North Carolinians.

Well I guess that explains the Republican majority in the GA. And the Republican Governor. Should I go on?

This is a great observation, DQ.

Stupid stuff in writing is almost always a problem when people can actually read. There's a joke in there somewhere about neocons, but I can't quite find it.

I felt kind of cynical

when I reread my entry but facts are facts. It's a PR thing, that's all.

It seems the neocons can write anything as long as they also blast gays and/or and mention a future terrorist threat, a phoney terrorist threat or something to do with the flag and our disrepect for it. We should constantly drumbeat on minimum wage and health care and stem cell. We'd be a lot better off.

 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

I said two years ago that our party platform

should be about one paragraph long. Inclusive and filled with big concepts, not big words.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Short platform, long train

Two years ago it might as well have been one paragraph long. With an orchestrated walk-out/ quorum call the 2004 platform debate was cut short.

So called party "leaders" were conspicuous by their absence, notably Mike Easley (just as he was a no-show for the Kerry-Edwards Raleigh rally). Yes, Jerry Meek was elected but these "leaders" pull the strings in the background, telling him what the real deal is.

Precinct votes, county and state conventions are great for moral but a lot of people are spinning their wheels and doing busy work while the real decisions are made elsewhere by the "oligarchy".