Blogging from me may be light this weekend, as I will be attending the Modern Whig national meeting in Washington, D.C.
This is the first time that state leaders of the Modern Whig Party have gathered together. It is an exciting time to be involved with the Modern Whig movement.
The meeting technically is of the Modern Whig National Council. This group is composed of state leaders and national officers, and is comparable to the "national committee" of other parties. This will be an organizational meeting, and the first national leadership team will be elected at this meeting.
The Modern Whig Party was founded by Mike Leibowitz, who was selected by the initial group of organizers. The idea of the Modern Whigs was developed by soldiers in Iraq. After returning from war in 2007, the idea of the organizers was originally to start a group to assist veterans, but this developed into an effort to start a new political party. In 2008, the first website was set up, and the recruitment of state and local organizations began.
The reaction was positive, and during the campaign of 2008, a flood of new members joined. Throughout 2009, efforts were made to further develop the party, and a new party Charter and Bylaws were adopted. The new Bylaws mandated a meeting before the end of the year.
The Modern Whig Party is to have officers and an Executive Committee chosen by the National Council. Mike Leibowitz has had to step aside because of the requirements of a new appointment, details to be announced after the meeting. Elaine Stephens, the former Communications Director of the party, has been serving as Chairwoman, and will be leading the party into the meeting this weekend.
I don't think I will be able to do "liveblogging" since I will be a participant. But if I get the chance, I will post some updates from the meeting.
This meeting is an important step in the development of the Modern Whig Party into a viable, national political party. It is rare that a start up political effort makes it even this far, especially without a controlling outside funding source or a single, central candidate.
I continue to be deeply impressed with the quality of the men and women that I have come into contact with through the Modern Whig Party. Their dedication towards the vision of a moderate, common sense political effort gives me much needed hope that individual citizens can still play a part, and contribute in a positive way.
The idea of a new, reasonable political party has caught the imagination of thousands of Americans, including myself. We have such a long, long way to go. The journey truly begins this weekend.