Students of the history of American political parties would know that back in the day (as in the 19th and start of the 20th centuries) Baltimore was quite the hotbed of political convention activity. Of course, those were the days when conventions were basically the place where the party's work was truly done. With its close proximity to Washington, Baltimore served as quite the retreat for the Democrats and Rewpublicans alike.
Well, 100 years after the Democrats nominated Woodrow Wilson in Baltimore in 1912, Baltimore has been the host to another national political convention over the weekend. The Green Party held its national convention in B-More, and a rundown of Saturday's nominating activities can be found here.
So Roseanne Barr was in Baltimore this weekend? That's a little bit cool.
I am all in favor of more competition in the political marketplace. Having two choices (or fewer) in the marketplace for anything really limits our choices and ensures products of questionable quality. And yet, this is how the world's most successful democracy manages its affairs. Interesting.
So I hand it to the Green Party, Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, et. al. for hanging in there and continuing to work for choice in American politics. Especially since with campaign finance and ballot access laws the way they are, the deck is stacked against them now more than ever.