In all of my years in journalism, I’ve never wanted to cover a political convention. This, despite my intense interest in politics. They’ve just seemed so scripted and boring. The parties know what message they want to get out and, best I can tell, the journalists get it out for them.
On the other hand, next month at the DNC in Charlotte, I’m going to moderate a panel of political journalists and analysts talking about the results of the Elon University Poll and presidential politics in general. It’s a good lineup, too: Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, Domenico Montanaro of NBC News, Rob Christensen of the N&O, Taylor Branch of the Charlotte Observer and Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspapers White House team. (I’ve worked with both Rob and Anita in another life…they’re worth the price of admission alone. The admission price, by the way, is free.)
If you’re not doing anything on Labor Day morning, please join us at the Charlotte Observer. It’s going to be better than the convention itself.