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Presidential Conventions: Purpose.


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May 5, 2019
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It's been roughly 70 years since a major party presidential convention was held in which the nominee was not known beforehand. Truth be known, both of our [US] major parties have set up their nomination rules in a manner which precludes a 'brokered' convention. Neither party wants one.

So what are the actual purpose(s) of modern presidential conventions, if not to select a candidate for the office of President of the United States of America?

For a start, they're the bodies which write and approve the party platforms: the catechisms for the party faithful*. They also provide a nationwide 'coming out' party for rising stars. And finally, they provide an opportunity for those high enough up in the party to, well, party for several carefree days.

It's the last one that 'virtual' conventions fail to provide. Is that enough to go back, post-Covid, to the in-person variety?

Regards, stay safe 'n well. Remember the Big 3: masks, hand washing and physical distancing.

* Also used as a detection device for RINO's and DINO's.
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