My friend, Charlie Martin, will be blogging from within the DNC. He’s soliciting questions from anyone who may be curious about the innards of the confab. Here’s his email, verbatim. Again, he’s INSIDE!
As many of you know, I’m going to be blogging from the Democratic
National Convention in Denver all next week. There will be plenty of
people to talk about the politics of everything, most of them frankly
better qualified than I am to talk about politics. (I tend to the
notion that politics is useful because it mostly keeps the people
involved in politics from doing something even more harmful to the
general welfare.) So, while I am sure I’ll indulge in political
commentary — read “snark” — any time I think I either have
something to say or can get a cheap laugh, I’m going to concentrate in
general on something else.
What I’ve noticed in most any political situation is that there are
great parts of the proceedings that are mysterious. I’d like to look
into some of those things, and pry into some of the proceedings from
the point of view of someone on the floor.
In addition, honestly not many people are ever going to attend a
national convention of either party. Whenever I look at something
like that, I find myself wondering things like “what do they have to
eat? and “Where are the bathrooms? Do they have enough bathrooms?”
I can’t possibly think of all the questions people may have, so I’ve
set up a special email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone
who has a question is invited to send it to me.
Now, with this I’ll have a few rules:
First, I’m the one who has to ask the questions. I won’t be asking
questions that are likely to get me expelled from the convention or
into a fist fight. In fact, I’ll probably lean away from political
questions in general, on the assumption that most of the people I’ll
be talking to won’t say anything too surprising about politics.
Second, I’ll be picking the questions I find interesting, and my word
is law. If I don’t find it interesting, I won’t find it interesting
after you send it 50 times. Or 500. What _will_ happen is that
you’ll find out I’m actually very good with spam filters, and _none_
of your questions will get through.
Third, I won’t use anyone’s full name or show their email address, and
will accept anonymous questions. Let me know if you don’t want your
name used. If your email name is something odd, you might include the
name you’d like me to use; I’d far rather have you tell me to use
“Delia” than use “mythicwizardofgor22f”.
When you send me an email to email@example.com, you should
receive an automatic response to let you know you’ve gotten through.
This is a first experiment. If it’s successful, I’m planning on
starting a longer term “Ask Charlie Anything” website, where I’ll
extend this to answer other questions. I’ve always admired John
McPhee’s writing; this might be a way to do something similar.
Some of you have blogs; I would appreciate it very much if you would
pass this around. I’d particularly like to get questions from people
who aren’t in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: I think they’re entitled
to see the sausage being made too.
Follow my Democratic National Convention coverage at
http://pajamasmedia.com. If you have questions, send them to
‘askcharlieanything AT gmail DOT com’.