As I try and recover from the most derisive, hateful and misleading (Rudy Guiliani representing the joys of family values and small town America?) convention I have ever had the non-pleasure to witness, I'm sitting and pondering about the next few weeks and trusting that the actual issues and not I'm-a- hockey-mom-and-you're-not-you-elitist-rich-non moose-eating Democrats, will make way to discussing our soaring unemployment rate, our bizarro trade deficit, our over 40 million fellow citizens with no health insurance, poverty, HIV-AIDS...shall I continue?
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Sarah Palin speaks. Lets give it to her, she was phenomenal. Her presentation, her engagement, her fiery delivery wowed the Republican base, and a new conservative mega-star was born.
As the loudspeakers played the Sly Stone dance maker “I'm Everyday People,” there was a moment of irony for me. Because unlike the Democratic convention, I didn't see the rainbow of “everyday” people I know. I saw an overwhelming white audience, oh yes they did find some black Conservatives and Latino delegates to be within camera shot.
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“What after all is a Democrat like me, doing at a Republican party like this...,” stated Senator Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat and now Independent, opening his speech to the Republican National Convention last night.
Man oh man, what a difference eight years makes.
Just eight years ago, Joe Lieberman, a proud Democrat, was grasping the hand of then Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore as Gore's choice to be his Vice-Presidential running mate.
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8:22PM - Well here we are! There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands here to mark, celebrate and take in this historical moment.
I am in the stands that are filled to the rafters. My fellow stand sitters are staring at me like I am nuts sitting here with a lap top ;-)
Well, after the crescendo of Barack Obama’s acceptance to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States this evening, we will be ushered into what promises to be one of the most aggressive, to say the least, campaign seasons we will experience in our lifetime. There is much work to be done, many hearts and minds to be healed and won, many doors to be knocked, many grass roots to be fertilized and much more.
But today , August 28, 2008 - I celebrate. We celebrate.
A surprise guest is now speaking at the Progressive Democrats of America event sponsored by The Nation Magazine - the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rev. Jackson is currently speaking on the importance that no matter how progressive the Presidential administration is there is always a need for activism.
The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll today gives Obama 45% and McCain 44% of support. http://www.gallup.com/poll/109873/Gallup-Daily-Race-Still-Close-Obama-45-McCain-44.aspx. This is a statistical dead heat.
There is an element of concern here, in that the numbers are so close even during the hype of the convention.
10:58 - There they are folks. Barack Obama and Joe Biden standing together as the Democratic ticket for President and Vice-President. Biden's large family has now joined him on the stage. Barack is smiling and shaking hands.
WOW. WHAT A NIGHT - ON TO MILE HIGH STADIUM!
There are so many events happening around Denver...
It is a beautiful day here. I have been walking the city talking to everyday folks about the convention, how they are dealing with the invasion of 50,000 extra “residents,” and recording their reactions. I am typing this in Civic Center Park where a very large protest against the war is scheduled. I know I am in the right place. It seems that someone forgot to send me a memo. Instead of protestors, I am sitting across from mounted riot police in full, intimidating gear.
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Hey folks. I just want to share a couple photos with you. The first taken outside of a popular local restaurant and the second of a Northern Colorado protester I spotted at an event held by The Nation Magazine.
I will definitely be adding more as we go from place to place. I am officially convinced that we need 28 hours to the day -- give or take. Lea
It’s 3:43 a.m. and I want to give my brief reflections on Senator Clinton’s historic address before I turn on CNN and glance at the New York Times, and be told how she didn’t go far enough and blah blah mainstream press bizarre focus on dissension blah.Click 'READ MORE' below!