Not long ago I was told about a debate raging among the top political organizers of one of the larger AFL-CIO affiliates, a union that traditionally sent sizable delegations to the Democratic National Convention and is easily capable of doing the same again. But now the question it was facing wasn’t whether the union had the resources to get its members on delegate slates. Instead, the question was whether it was even worth the time and expense. “Every four years we dump who knows how much money into sending people to the Democratic convention,” one of the
union’s seasoned political organizers observed, “but the only thing we ever seem to get out of it is the right to say, ‘Look how many people we had there.'”
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