by Damozel | Whatever these ladies' differences---and we all know Michelle Obama was never a Hillary fan---Michelle knows Hillary understands the problem of sheltering one's young from the "media maelstrom." (Politico)
by Deb Cupples| If ever there were a night worthy of bubbles, it was last night. So, I opened a bottle of champagne and fixed a mimosa. I didn't sip it straight, because I needed my RDA of vitamin C.
We Americans made history last night by electing our first black president, but it's far more than that. Americans have awakened, horrified by what they've grown accustomed to over the last eight years, and they've roared their demand for changes in how America does business.
by Deb Cupples| Alan Grayson and Tim Cunha are my picks for Congress in North and Central Florida.
Alan Grayson is challenging incumbent Ric Keller in District 8 (which includes parts of Lake, Marion, Orange, and Osceola Counties). Mr. Keller has proven himself a Bush-style Republican. Need I say anything more than haven't we had enough?
Tim Cunha is challenging incumbent Cliff Stearns in District 6 (which includes parts of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Gilchrist Duval, Lake, Levy, and Marion Counties). Mr. Stearns has also proven himself to be of the George Bush ilk -- only he's been at it far longer than Mr. Keller.
For more info, check out Alan's and Tim's websites. You can see more about why I like Alan and Tim here and here, respectively.
by Deb Cupples| This isn'ta glowing endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, but it is an endorsement.
Anyone who has read my other posts knows that I’m one of Obama's biggest skeptics when assessing him only on his own merits. You also know that, for nearly six months, I blogged in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Obama.
Unfortunately, my choice is no longer between Hillary and Obama.
by Adam | Yesterday, I read a devastating takedown of the mainstream media's coverage of the DNC by Eric Boehlert of Media Matters. I highly, highly recommend that piece in it's entirety; it's a meticulous deconstruction of the media's artificial focus on the non-story of Hillary Clinton's embrace of Barack Obama. As he says at one point,
I suspect if a truth serum poll could have been conducted in Denver to find out how many professional pol watchers within the press corps actually thought that Bill or Hillary Clinton would refuse to "embrace" Obama at the convention, the answer would have been zero. But how many within the press pretended for days that that was a possibility? Almost all of them.
Walking into the Pepsi Center on that first day - which means walking into an arena of 20,000 cheering, clapping, determined people - was an impressive experience. Imagine the visceral sense of community of being in one room with 20,000 who share your mission to put an end to eight years of incompetence, to redirect our country's political course so it works for all of us, to get our friends and neighbors at home to take on that responsibility and become a part of making history.
Now imagine that number being more than 80,000, the intensity compounded four-fold.
The final night of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field was a celebration. It was a declaration. It was the beginning of our country remembering our individual duty to participate in the political process, not sit on the sidelines as passive (and angry) observers.
When the Democratic National Convention (here) was held in August of 2004 I was with my family on a vacation in New Zealand. The only opportunity I had to watch any of the convention coverage on TV was while riding the ferry from Picton to Wellington. Sitting in a tiny room with two other people watching the final day of the convention and Kerry's acceptance speech I could not help from muttering comments under my breath (ok, so some of it was out loud). A very proper looking, gray haired British lady sitting on my left couldn't avoid hearing my remarks and began a conversation with me. We discovered we were of like political mind and, like me, she was a political activist in her community on New Zealand's north island.
Like the other Kiwis (that's what New Zealanders informally call themselves) I met on that trip, she hoped -and expected- America would elect Kerry. We bonded...
by Adam | As I worked my way through the crowds, onto the train, and back to my house last night, I had nearly two hours to digest the speech before I had a chance to hear what any talking head or internet commentator had to say. I'll admit that I was a bit surprised by the almost uniformly high praise. Not because I thought it was anything short of a fantastic speech, but because, for me, it wasn't really anything new.
by Damozel |Wow. Wow. Chills. You know, I have
always tried to resist Obama's rhetorical magic. In one way, it feels
as if the ability to make a great and persuasive speech is a sort of
trick, a lawyer's trick. But I think of Winston Churchill whose speeches had such an impact on his
people at such a crucial time. And then I think of W. "We're gonna get
those folks." Not to mention all this.
It's done and Hillary displayed the political brilliance she is credited for and aptly deserves. As a result HRC has garnered the respect of even those who cannot bring themselves to say anything nice about her (and you know who you are). Those still depressed that HRC is not the nominee must remember that she is not going away; She will continue to be a powerful force in the Senate and Democratic Party.
Yesterday's convention experience was exhilarating on so many levels including the close encounters with The Famous. Florida's coveted place on the floor - within spittin' distance of the podium- meant the notable and influential passed right by us throughout the night.
Dave Barry, Chevy Chase, Matthew Modine, George Stupidopolus -er, Stephanopoulos (I still haven't forgiven him and Chuckelhead Gibson for their inane "moderating" of that April debate between BO and HRC) - Andrea Mitchell, Joe Scarborough, Spike Lee, and Tim Daly. And those were just the ones I was able to see amongst the crush of people jockeying for position in competition with the camerman and videographers....
Barack Obama, Charlie Gibson, Dave Barry, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party, Democratic Presidential nominee, Denver, George Stephanopolis, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Pepsi Center, PUMA
by Deb Cupples| To the left is a photo of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment -- etched in stone on the outside of the Newseum in Washington, DC. Among other things, the First Amendment secures the right of a free press. That said, ABC News Reports:
"Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera
crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of
Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the
Brown Palace Hotel."
by Damozel | Let us begin with full disclosure. I have always till recently had a shameful soft spot for Chris Matthews. I like his big thatch-covered head and his little tweety voice. Till he was so horrid to Hillary I liked him for some of the things he does (for example, here) even while I deplored others. Olbermann---who was equally horrid to Hill-- I have always regarded as merely serviceable to progressives. I watch him when Jonathan Turley is on.
Yes, I know, this is actually Wednesday which is Day 3 of the Convention and I haven't blogged about Day 2 yet. Yesterday gave me no time to get to the computer. Due to a transportation snafu (and a late night party) I did not get back to the hotel until after 1:30am.
By the way, if you catch a glimpse of me on TV and it looks like I'm not watching whoever is speaking at the podium, that is because I'm looking at the big screen behind us. Often I cannot see over the heads of the people in front of me -especially if they're waving rally signs. The large projection screens behind the delegations show the same perspective as a TV viewer might get.
Our days are very full and have a clear rhythm: breakfast meeting, caucus meetings, convention business meeting....PARTY. And there is far more to do than just that: there are literally dozens of ancillary luncheon meetings, forums and socials. I have had no time to participate in any of those..or maybe since this is my first convention I just don't know how to juggle my time and apparate from one venue to the next and back again.
But rather than provide boring detail (well, boring to anyone other than political junkies) of what goes on in these meetings, I will take Mike B's suggestion and describe what it is like to be on the floor of the convention. Tomorrow's post will include a bit more detail about being on the floor which is, to some, the most coveted real estate at the Democratic National Convention.
by Deb Cupples| At the Democratic convention last night, Hillary Clinton called for Democrats to unify and support Barack Obama -- just as she had done so impressively back in June (see June video here ). The first few minutes of last night's speech are below, and it gets better.
Posted by Damozel | In Denver, four men have now been arrested in connection with an apparent assassination plot against Obama (9 News.com). The police are "downplaying" the threat, saying that the man who made the threat was trying to sound important. (9 News.com)
Day 1 - August 25th (Happy Birthday to my sister Nancy!)
It's been a long but exhilarating day with so much to share (so please pardon another 8+ minute post!) and so little energy left to share it. From the average-citizen-goes-to-the-convention perspective it's easy to say today was a mix of new experiences and familiar stuff. Best I can do is break it down into three sections: the Delegate Breakfast at the Red Lion Hotel; Caucus meetings at the Colorado Convention Center; and convention business at the Pepsi Center.
Even the familiar took on a new flavor, like navigating around a large city, dealing with security, seeing live & in-person political notables and media celebrities. And keeping in touch with family: my daughter sent me a text message during convention business saying she had just seen me on C-SPAN.
And I've read the GOP has set up a war room at our convention. That explains the McCain supporters I saw protesting outside the convention center today...all four of them.
Under clear blue skies, warm temps and dry mountain air (hey, I'm from Florida so am glad to escape the humidity!) we wandered around the grassy park-like area and perused the vendors selling organic cotton t-shirts, and visiting displays on solar power, wind power, plug-in hybrids, and all things recyclable. This wasn't a typical hippie-fest; it was a sound and genuine opportunity to learn many new ways to reduce our consumption of energy while maintaining our quality of life.
by Deb Cupples| I'm increasingly troubled by many media outlets' failure to thoroughly and accurately report on issues.
One would expect a reputable journalistic outfit like the Associated Press to get the facts right and report them in a way that gives readers an accurate view (or at least doesn't fuel mis-perceptions) -- especially since "nuance" has become the word of the year.
A recent AP article further erodes that expectation for me. Below are the first two paragraphs of that article: