...cooperate on political forum!
Sorry, folks... nothing controversial today that someone else hasn't already blogged on Gather.Â But this is even better;Â really... it's LOTS better!Â Because it is, in fact, a GOOD THING!
Every general election for the past "10 or 15 years" the Rome, GA, NAACP has hosted a candidates forum in late October.Â This year it was scheduled for October 21.Â And then... a challenge.Â The local TEA Party chose the same date for the same event!Â Had Glenn Beck struck again?!?Â WHOSE forum would the candidates choose?
How about, both... and neither?Â Alvin Jackson, political action chairman for the Rome NAACP, said, â€œThey offered to cancel their forum and work with us.â€ It seems that the TEA Party, upon being apprised of the ongoing nature of the NAACP's forum, agreed to cancel their forum and work WITH the NAACP.
According toÂ Rome Tea Party founder Mike Morton. â€œWe made this decision because we wanted to start a dialogue between these two seemingly disparate communities.Â It could lead to a much more substantial event in terms of informing the voters.â€
And the ultimate beneficiaries are the public, be they members of either group, or neither.Â If they come to THIS forum, they will likely hear candidates adhere much more closely to the truth than usual, because, as Mr. Jackson pointed out,Â "...candidates tend to tailor their speeches to fit with the group theyâ€™re addressing, and the collaboration â€œis a good way to make sure theyâ€™re saying the same thing to everybody.â€ "
Also, it bears emphasizing... this is happening in GEORGIA!