Democratic Party leaders, fund-raisers and potential candidates are gathering privately at the sprawling Virginia country estate of fund-raiser Pamela Harriman to plot next year's presidential campaign.
The two-day meeting is one of several planned for party leaders, who are trying to increase the Democratic National Committee's role in presidential elections.
"Democrats need to start focusing on the general election before the convention," Democratic National Chairman Ron Brown said.
Usually we wait until after the convention is over and then scratch our heads and say, 'Wow, we've got a general election campaign, and we've got to have it together in the next 30 days,'" he said. "It's too late by that time."