Magazine article The Masthead

NCEW's Big Convention in Little Rock: Members May Be Rubbing Elbows with Presidential Wannabes, Couldabeens

Magazine article The Masthead

NCEW's Big Convention in Little Rock: Members May Be Rubbing Elbows with Presidential Wannabes, Couldabeens

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As of this writing, Mike Huckabee isn't on the ticket. Yet. Nor is Hillary Clinton. Yet. Nor Wesley Clark. Yet. Or the guy who hangs out at the gas station in Sherwood, Arkansas, waving at traffic and mumbling to himself. Yet. But you can hardly swing a dead cat around these parts without hitting somebody running for president, or at least vice president, these days. And 2008 being an election year, what better time to be in Arkansas in the fall?

We will, of course, invite General Clark, Chelsea Clinton's parents, and that part-time Saturday Night Live comic, Mike Huckabee, to the NCEW conference September 17-20. Theme: "The Next South, The Next America:' We have confirmation for Juan Williams to speak, and hope to get a few Karl Rove types, like Karl Rove himself, on the agenda as well.

But the pols and the commentariat are only half the story. If that.

Conference attendees will tour Central High School and its museum, discuss the effects of the newest wave of immigration, and tour the William J. Clinton Library. There will be discussions on the Little Rock Crisis of '57 and its continuing significance in law, history, and emotions; editorial endorsements (or non-); and a presentation of the NCEW Opinion Pool by our own Eddie Roth.

Of course, the convention will begin with the always-useful critique sessions (however painful and unflattering). NCEW University will be held again for early arrivers--Rick Horowitz is the dean. …

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