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Outsiders Become Insiders: You Decide The Parties' Platforms

Outsiders Become Insiders: You Decide The Parties' Platforms


Welcome to the smoke-filled room! This week, Democrats announced that the party will seek public input on its 2008 platform, the document representing the party's vision for the next four years. Today, the Republicans followed, signaling that the major parties care about the ideas and needs of everyday citizens.

Democrats say that the process will empower all Americans who just want the best for their families. They want Americans to host and attend meetings joined by policy experts. Leaders will then consult written summaries when crafting the platform.

The GOP says its initiative is the most grassroots-driven platform development effort in the history of American politics. You can offer your ideas using text or video.

Responding to the parties' request could require a leap of faith, as I wouldn't be so sure that my ideas would be seriously considered compared to "scientific" polling data coming from swing states. Either way, this sounds like a great way for the parties to justify a party platform flip-flop — "the people have spoken!" What policies would you suggest to the Democrats of Republicans?

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