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  •  A noncoventional convention (none)
    Conventions have 2 purposes: agree on a platform and to select candidate. I think it is a wonderful idea to have a mid term convention to write a platform. I am concerned that the process will be hijacked by this or that group in the party leadership and/or potential candidates for 2008. So why not do a really unconventional convention- something that will allow all Democrats to shape the process? It could be held in many cities- or even across the whole United States. Teleconferencing, blogging, town hall meetings, whatever. The most important thing is that it be a big tent,  allow diverse views (and arguing, etc.) but it has to be real. It has to be grass roots. And at some point the people who are democrats have to reach a consensus. The most important thing is getting real everyday Democrats to be a part of the process and have real decision making power in building the platform. Then whatever leader we choose in 2008 must be able to run on the people's platform.  If we want folks to buy into it, then we need to make sure that they are part of the process.
    •  Local Level (none)
      We are trying to start this at a local level, first with a discussion of goals: (see http://west-tc-politics.tripod.com/ncwa.html) in November, then with what we are billing as an Unconventional Convention that will be a chance to get together and talk issues and do training on framing, campaign volunteering, citizen lobbying and caucus/convention participation.  

      Especially with how the Resolution process has "evolved" and the platforms have become less meaningful, the momentum for this kind of approach must be generated from the roots up, not the treetops down.  

      "Invest in the Levees or Pay the Storm its Due." Join the New Covenant With America

      by Into The Woods on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 01:34:16 PM PDT

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