Invitations to partisan partying

By Billy Baker

Globe Correspondent / October 2, 2008

Chad Ellis hosted a presidential debate party last Friday, but he didn’t invite any of his friends. Instead he filled his home with strangers who found his party listed on Barack Obama’s website.

“A lot of my friends aren’t as into politics as my wife and I, and we were very interested in the idea of meeting new people with strong views, even if they were different from our own,” said Ellis, a game designer from Brookline. “We ended up with 15 guests we’d never met before, and just had a really interesting party with them.” They had such a good time, in fact, that several of the guests will return for another party at Ellis’s home tonight to watch the vice presidential debate.

Welcome to the 2008 debate season, Internet-style.


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