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.