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As surely as the balloons drop at every convention’s end, questions arise about whether these elaborately scripted four-day political shows will survive for another election cycle. Given that questioning the future of conventions has become, well, conventional, it would be easy to dismiss this year’s talk but for a couple reasons.
On the Republican side, the second hurricane-shortened convention in four years has party leaders at the highest level asking questions about whether conventions in their current form are worth the cost. “These are very expensive propositions to put on. I think that given as much news people get today and the way they get their news, I’m not sure that having a four-day convention for the future makes a lot of sense,” Speaker John Boehner said earlier this week, according to an article in Roll Call.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that President Obama’s advisers were “bored with the traditional one-city format for national conventions” and seriously considered a radical departure from tradition before finally settling for a three-night affair in Charlotte.
So here’s the question for Ricochet: Do you think four-night conventions are a convention whose time has come and gone?