With Tropical Storm Isaac threatening the Gulf Coast, Republican Party officials said Saturday they will postpone convention activities originally scheduled for Monday in Tampa. It is the second straight Republican convention that will be cut short a day thanks to weather.
Both parties should take the hint: The practical benefits to holding a convention in late August or early September no longer apply. Now, in fact, there are ample reasons to hold a convention earlier, rather than later.
Republicans and Democrats always jockey for convention position. They must conduct their formal nominating processes in time to meet ballot deadlines in key states, but they each want to hold their events late enough to capture attention from undecided voters who haven't yet tuned into the campaign.
But the number of undecided voters who actually spend an evening watching the convention proceedings is incredibly small. Instead, the big speeches Mitt Romney and President Obama will give over the next two weeks will be spliced into soundbites and played in 30-second increments, which will reach more undecided voters than the speeches themselves.In 1990, I had the honor and privilege to be at Spelman College as the nation's historically black colleges and universities came together to honor Nelson Mandela. Mandela had just been released from prison. HBCU after HBCU presented him with honorary degrees, both in recognition for his sacrifice and for the hope and promise he was now to bring to his country and to the world.
For this high school senior from a little town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, it was an experience I simply can't express in words. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, something that has stayed with me for nearly 25 years, and something I will never quite experience again.
So many great words have been written in the past 24 hours about Mandela and his legacy. And they are far greater words than I can write here. Knowing how I was impacted just seeing him that day, and seeing the way American higher education embraced him, I can only imagine the impact he had on his own nation and those who were privileged to know him, work beside him, and carry on his legacy.
Eduflack is a big fan of quotes. So it only seems appropriate to offer up a few of my favorites from Mandela:
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
"Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front."
"Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."
Schools should include lessons on how to concentrate to help students stay on track amid numerous digital distractions, said -