Ye Olde Town Gimmick

Look on the bright side; that Ohio calamity may do away with these meetings

The now famous Town Meeting that CNN broadcast from Columbus, Ohio, last Wednesday, when an unhappy trio of Administration foreign-policy advisers squirmed while cranks and crackpots fumed and bellowed, was by any measure a disaster--catastrophic as diplomacy, unlucky as public relations and worthless as a means of preparing the country for war. That's too bad, of course, but look on the bright side: the Ohio calamity may do away with "national town meetings" once and for all.

Real town meetings--I mean the old-fashioned kind in which a town's voting population meets annually to bicker, gossip, elect councilmen, vote on bond issues--are...

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