inviting corruption

comcastIs it possible for citizens to be bribed for their votes by a muffin and/or a couple of slices of pizza? I sure hope not. In my case, I was really put off by Comcast and “Ready for Hillary” getting access to New Hampshire Democrats at their state convention via an infusion of callories for breakfast and lunch. It’s hard to know what the party staff were thinking when they invited Comcast to make a fifteen minute presentation and the Hillary people a full hour to flog her book. “Hard Choices” is a phrase no Democrat should use, since it inevitably means that someone other than the chooser is in for a tough time.

But then, the propagandistic mode was characteristic of the whole event. Not only was the internet inaccessible to participants, but, other than agreeing to pass resolutions in bulk, the assembled citizens had no opportunity to provide feedback, either during the main program or the afternoon break-out groups. The NHDP’s nominal communications director was left lecturing about Tweeting and Facebook without being able to access either. She wasn’t even embarrassed that she hadn’t bothered to insure the WiFi system would be accessible and useable by visitors. Cluelessness is obviously not just a Republican affliction.

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Note: This story also appeared at BlueHampshire.com. Image: Provided by the author, Monica Smith.

Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."