07/14/2005: Thought for the Day:
The Aspen Institute is a think tank cum conference promoter based in Washington D.C., but also has a "campus" at its namesake resort city in Colorado (nice work if you can get it.) Every summer the Institute flies assorted journalists, politicians, policy entrepreneurs and celebs out to the high country to bask in each other's glow and share conventional platitudes (and, quite often, their bodily fluids -- or so I've heard.)
It's like those idiotic "Renaissance Weekends" at Hilton Head that Clinton used to love so much. Or, like Davos -- but without the provocative intellectual content. (You have to have gone to a Davos to appreciate what an insult that is.)
The Aspen thing is a very bipartisan deal, which means it covers the entire U.S. political spectrum -- from ultra right to center center center right.
Len on 07.14.05 @ 08:40 AM CST