Platform Pablum

“Every four years, the Democratic Party assembles a platform that outlines the party’s position on a number of issues,” the latest e-mail to supporters from Obama HQ says. “Traditionally, the drafting of the platform is not open to ordinary people. This year, that’s going to change.

“For two weeks in July, people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their own communities to discuss the issues and share their input. The outcome of these meetings will be reviewed by the Drafting Committee as it creates the final Platform.”

So, in other words, anyone who wants to forward ideas to the platform-writers can, just like the old days!

Thing is, I think Obama’s core supporters are already trying to write the platform, but he’s not listening.

This is another brilliant marketing move, but packaging change is different than actually enacting it. Nothing of consequence will appear in the party’s platform as a result of these meetings that otherwise wouldn’t. But it’s a nice, if empty, organizing tool that creates the appearance of engagement while party insiders do their thing.


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