On Sunday Joe Biden said on ABC‘s “This Week” that the Democrats could hold a remote virtual convention in lieu of a traditional event because of the coronavirus. The challenges to that idea are staggering. But in this digital age, could it become a norm?
“We’re going to have to do a convention,” Biden said. “We may have to do a virtual convention. I know I think we should be thinking about that right now… What we do between now and then is going to dictate a lot of that as well.”
LifeZette predicted this weeks ago.
Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, also said, “In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention. During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders.”
Biden said recently he could not imagine a normal convention scenario at this time. However, “we ought to be able to do what we were able to do in the middle of the Civil War, all the way through to World War II: have Democratic and Republican conventions, and primaries, and elections, and still have public safety. And we’re able to do both. But the fact is that it may have to be different.”
The integrity of the voting process, the platform debates, the floor fights, the speeches, the media, the behind the scenes smoke-filled room bartering and negotiations would all be changed drastically by a virtual event.
The big losers? Sanders, AOC, and their ilk would not be able to cause disturbances on the convention floor trying to steal the limelight from the Democrat pros who will be firmly in charge. That actually makes the idea sound quite attractive.
If it worked, it could catch on. It could very well be popular with younger people who feel more comfortable with virtual rather than personal communication. If so, American politics would be seriously changed forever by another advance in communications technology.