Prof. Frank Bryant addresses Charlotte Shelburne Rotary

The national parties respond to focus groups that tell them that education and health are peoples main concern, and build what were state issues into their national platforms.

Prof. Bryant also said that technology is weakening the local partisan organizations because everyone can be contacted directly by the national party organization. However, he said, the Democratic Left is more active in moving to strengthen states rights.

Bryant was also critical of the mass media for focusing on trivial gaffs, such as Michael Dukakis riding in an armored personnel carrier and Howard Deans scream, and also for having an obvious and observable bias.

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