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Question Of The Week: Do Political Conventions Matter Anymore?

Have you been watching the Republican or Democratic conventions? Patch wants to know what you think about the modern political convention.


Political conventions used to be events where major, breaking news was made: Southern Democrats walking out on Harry Truman in 1948 over civil rights; Dan Rather getting roughed up by convention security at the Democrats' 1968 Chicago gathering; Ronald Reagan battling Gerald Ford for the GOP bid all the way to Kansas City in 1976.

But now, conventions are heavily scripted visual productions designed to show the voting public a smooth, well-coordinated message that they will hope will resonate with voters nationwide.

Regardless, convention-hosting cities see an opportunity to put their best foot forward, .

Despite threats from Hurricane Issac, Atlanta RNC delegates told Patch by the Tampa convention. And Patch readers had the opportunity to live, as it happened.

In Charlotte, members of outside the convention hall.

Inside, to show readers the excitement the First Lady caused on the convention floor. And after for the Democrats' party platform in support of gay marriage, Democrats waited in anticipation for .

So we want to know from you: have you been watching one or both of the conventions over the past week? Have any of the speeches moved you?

Do you think conventions matter any more? Or has that DVR been set to Project Runway instead? Take our Patch poll, and share your thoughts in the comments area below.

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Jonathan Belcher September 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Yes it does have an effect on all our higher educational institutes, and yes both parties as well. Later in the film, Pat Buchanan throws Bush under the bus for his part in our financial collapse, also there is mention of commiting to war without congressional approval. Honestly I have a hard time finding truth, when it comes to either party. I also am saddened we no longer have an objective media, Just political cheerleaders for either party playing the roles of so called journalists. I wonder what year objective journalism died in this country? The role media plays today in our society does not bring us together to discuss our differences. Instead it pushes us further apart while vilifying the other side. They are not good stewards, as they make themselves out to be. They a part of the problem, not the solution. We deserve better.
Gray Wolf September 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Gee. Thanks for sharing that with us. Glad you got it off your chest. Now to move along . . . .
plcogan September 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
well said, Jonathan!
Rick D. Day September 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Note the disparity in votes between the first and second questions. Project Runway? How about an option for "I kept up with it through the internet news"? You know, intelligent people.
Rick D. Day September 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Hi, can you cite a sources who's name does not end in Limbaugh for that nugget of magic? No? Didn't think so.

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