Why the DNC Speeches Matter

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

We’re all used to the conventions every four years. A week of speeches and pageantry on behalf of each political party. They’re like the partisan Academy Awards, except they last a week and the winners are more predictable.

But there's a reason we monitor the conventions so closely, outside of just pack journalism and slavish devotion to the media cycle. For the Democrats, the conventions have an incredible history of foretelling the party’s direction and creating the biggest stars. Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, explains.


Julian Zelizer

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Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from b

Snoop Lion I meant. I must keep up with the times

Sep. 04 2012 01:54 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I imagine Snoop Dogg speaking at the Convention. He is talking to a chair. In the chair is Romney bound and gagged. Don't worry, they let him go... eventually.

I hope the Democrats will lay out policy. I would like to see someone acknowledge Banks and Wall Street... Our Veterans of War need to be acknowledged... and a conversation about how the tarp money worked or didn't work. Why is it not discussed.

Sep. 04 2012 01:47 PM

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