The NDP, my old political party, had its convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia this weekend.
Nobody would have particularly cared about that except for the fact that a) two members of President Obama's campaign team (Betsy Myers and Marshall Ganz) addressed the delegates and b) there was a resolution on the floor moving the party change its name.
Well, actually there were several resolutions to that effect. Mainly, there was a call to drop the New and be known as the Democratic Party. As much as NDPers love President Obama calling themselves the Democratic Party would be just too American. It would have been, well, gauche.
Whether they call themselves the NDP or any other name it is socialism just the same.