Conventions Are Now Just Empty Events To Keep Crazy Zealots Occupied
Walter Russell Mead
Sept. 8, 2012
Party platforms are worthless mounds of drivel that have no impact on what U.S. leaders of either party actually do.
Here’s what we wrote on the occasion of the GOP’s platform being the hot topic of discussion among our media elites:
Hungry for story lines, any story lines, the press has occasionally tried to gin a little bit of drama out of fights over the party platform, but the honest truth is that no party platform means anything in American politics anymore.
No president refers back to the platform in framing legislation, no congressional leader uses it to set the legislative agenda, no living soul ever reads or quotes it for any purpose whatever. No historian of American party politics goes back to study them, no journalist refers to them more than a week after the convention.