DNC Coverage: Monday
Monday was the long-awaited kick off of the Democratic National Circus. Here is my synopsis of the evening:
- I arrived home from work, and started to mow the lawn.
- The kids came out and told me it was time for dinner.
- After dinner, the kids and I rode bikes for a while. Then, I finished the lawn.
- Later, Mrs. B. called us inside. I shared a short Bible story, we ate some cake, and gathered around the piano to sing some songs.
- The kids went off to bed, and I finished re-caulking a bath tub, and Mrs. B. folded some laundry.
- While we worked, we watched/listened to old episodes of the Cosby Show on DVD. The early seasons, when the show was good.
Hillary Finished? Not Hardly
I'll say this for Hillary – I didn't think she'd manage to stay out of the headlines for this long of a time. Most people thought she had accepted the fact that 2008 just wasn't her year – that she'd lay low until the presidential election was settled. If McCain won, her 2012 campaign would begin on November 5, 2008. If Obama were the victor, well, she might hold off on that campaign until after Christmas.
As for Obama, he thought he'd heeded the call of the Monty-Python-esque political cart pusher as he bellowed "Bring Out Yer Dead!". He tossed the Hillary campaign on the cart – even showed up to help her retire some of her campaign debt. Never mind the fact he totally spaced reminding the fat cat donors about the purpose of the fundraiser – it's the thought that counts.
With the Democratic National Convention only a week or so away, the question as to what to do with Hillary been brought to the front burner. History is full of party conventions which have been fraught with drama, intrigue, and deal making. Lately, however, all these gatherings are is one big Kum-bye-ya festival. Howlin' Mad Howie Dean would like nothing better than to have the Obama Coronation at Mile High Stadium remain a drama (and Hillary) free zone.
I'm not sure Hillary, and some of her hardest-core supporters got that memo. Hillary has doubts that Obama can pull off a victory in November. There's bad blood between Team Hillary and Obama's camp – bad blood which could be brought into the spotlight when the circus comes to Denver. Some of those circus performers – namely PUMA (follow the link for the acronym – I can't print it here), are holding on to the remotest of possibilities that Hillary can still be the nominee. They want to have an open floor vote on the floor of Denver's Pepsi Center and hope that skeptical Obama delegates can be persuaded to flip to Hillary.
What says Hillary about this idea? Well, since you asked:
I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views respected. And I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified, because I know from just what I'm hearing that there is just this incredible pent up desire.
And I think people want to feel like 'Okay, it's a catharsis, we're here, we did it,' and then everybody get behind Senator Obama. … No decisions have been made.
I believe that's the first time the words "incredible pent up desire" have been used in a political setting. Let me run the above paragraph through Cordeiro's Monty Python Holy Grail translator so you can better understand what Hillary said:
I'm not dead! I don't want to go on the cart. I FEEL HAPPY!!!
If, in fact, Hillary manages to convince Howlin' Mad Howie & Company to allow an open vote on the convention floor it will be the political equivalent of letting a camel's nose under the tent during a sandstorm. Eventually, the camel is in the tent and the former tent dweller is outside in the storm.
Conventional wisdom dictates that Obama is and will continue to be the Democratic standard bearer. He will address tens of thousands of cheering congregants as he accepts his party's nomination on Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium – after the obligatory rock concert of course. The DNC will most likely go smoothly and be drama free.
But still the possibility of a floor fight exists, and that would make for great prime-time entertainment.
So, the circus is coming to Denver, a place near and dear to my heart and also the place from which this post originates. I've come to Denver to see it before the Democrats descent upon the Mile High City. I deny, categorically, that I witnessed a bunch of Native Americans performing a ritual rain dance near Invesco Field. Having driven through downtown Denver this afternoon – about the same time of day Obama will be giving his speech – the Colorado weather did not disappoint, pelting rain, tornado warnings and the like were plentiful.