Wednesday, July 28, 2004
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As part of my TNR Online assignment for tomorrow, I'll be live-blogging the convention speakers -- so this post will be updated on a regular basis for the rest of the day.
Here's today's speaker schedule -- you can follow along with me.
4:23 EDT: This is the first time I've actually watched the convention this year -- is it me, or did the DNC get the same announcer as the Academy Awards? With the musical cues, that's the feel I'm getting. I keep expecting the speakers to say "the nominees for outstanding position paper by a liberal think tank are..."
4:28 EDT: Free advice to the Kerry team -- having a speaker like U.S. Rep. Tom Allen (D. - Maine) repeat the phrase "John Kerry hears your voices" over and over is not comforting to the average voter. It's too easy to confuse with the more unsettling "John Kerry hears voices."
4:35 EDT: Steve Westly, the California State Comptroller, actually gives a good speech praising both immigration and the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.
4:46: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D -- Pennsylvania) is now speaking -- I'm just impressed he got elected with that name.
4:54: Frank Lautenberg is making a staunchly pro-Israel speech, and bashing the International Court of Justice for its recent ruling on the security barrier. I can hear the occasional "boo" in the background.
5:04: Representative Ike Skelton blasts Republicans for using those serving in the military as political props. OK, I'll grant Bush was guilty of this during his carrier landing last year -- but I'm to believe that John Kerry is not engaging in something similar throughout this entire week? Consider who caught his opening pitch at Sunday's Sox-Yankees game....
5:15: My four-year-old son comes into room, not feeling well -- wants to watch Cyberchase. Blogging suspended for a while.
7:00: Wycleaf Jean is performing. What, you might ask, would he do as president?
Oh, I feel much better.
7:54: I never thought I would say this, but Dennis Kucinich gives a pretty good speech. His delivery is better than anyone's I've heard today. He started off like he was lecturing eighth-graders, and there's hints of loopiness in the background, but it's not ba-- oh, wait, here we go: "Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction!! Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction!! Racism is.." you get the idea.
7:55: Hmmm... Bravo is showing an old West Wing episode with Matthew Perry as a guest star....
8:15: A satellite feed from a Colorado VFW post. "Veterans are joining the Kerry campaign in unprecedented numbers. He's one of us, one of our band of brothers." That Daily Show bit about talking points is beginning to gnaw at me.
8:33: The Reverend Al Sharpton says that if Bush were president in the fifties, he wouldn't have picked a Court that ruled the right way in Brown Vs. Board of Education. This is both overreaching and amusing. The only reason Brown came out the way it did is because in between the two serts of oral arguments, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren to replace Truman appointment Carl Vinson -- who would have led to a very different ruling. EduWonk has more on this.
8:45: Al has a brilliant riff in the closing, touching on Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful." And then the song comes out on the loudspeaker. Gotta give props to anyone who can get the DJ to play Ray Charles.
8:53: Do you have trouble falling asleep? Insomnia? Try a Bob Graham speech!! Good Lord, the hall was louder four hours ago. This isn't a poke at the substance of his speech -- homeland security. But Lord, does he have a dull delivery.
9:27: Do I agree with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on economic policy? Good God, no -- As I type this Granholm is stoking outsourcing fears and blathering on about "fair trade." (alas, Michigan Republicans are just as bad on this issue). But my word, she's a good-looking politician.
10:04: Xinhua is already running a story on John Edwards' speech -- a half hour before he delivers it.
10:30: Edwards is delivering his speech -- apparently, he's the son of a mill worker and was the first person in his family to go to college.
11:00: There was a lot of his stump speech in Edwards' speech tonight, but he seemed to be rushing it. There were some high points -- the discussion of racism, the vignette of the woman staying up in her kitchen -- but the rest was a bit forced.
Off to write the TNR piece.posted by Dan on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM
You're totally wrong! Harold Ford looks like the Rock!posted by: sym on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Ah, but does he see dead people? That would actually be cool, at least in a Haley Joel Osment sort of way.posted by: Chris Lawrence on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Cyberchase from 5:15 to at least 6:30... no wonder this Convention is getting such poor ratings!posted by: Al on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
6:00 pm - Wife makes dinner. Nothing much going on at the Convention, so I decide to sit down and eat with her.
6:30 pm - That was a nice dinner. Check back in with the Convention. Still nothing happening, so decide to switch over to Sportscenter. Did you know that the Yankees might get Randy Johnson?posted by: Al on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
"6:30 pm - That was a nice dinner. Check back in with the Convention. Still nothing happening, so decide to switch over to Sportscenter. Did you know that the Yankees might get Randy Johnson?"
Dude, these are important times. Get your priorities straight, man! The NFL season is coming up. Brock Lezner (sp?) from the WWE signed with the Vikings. Have you seen his neck?
Looks nothing like Harold Ford, though ...posted by: Jason Ligon on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Kucinich is the fuckin' Rockstar!posted by: Carleton on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Sharpton: "If George Bush were President in 1954, Clarence Thomas would have never gone to law school."
Ouch.posted by: praktike on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
"If George Bush were President in 1954, Clarence Thomas would have never gone to law school."
If George Bush were President in 1954, we would have had an 8-year-old as President. That seems more worrying than whether Clarence Thomas would have ended up a lawyer... but that's probably just me...posted by: Al on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
And if you think the DNC is a snore fest, wait until the parte' in New York. Some how, I think that an evening listening to the Yoko Ono Experience playing Prelude to the Sound of Paint Drying seems to be infintely more interesting than watching either the DNC or RNC.posted by: Joel on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
DEAR DIARY: TNR alum Bryan Curtis, now working for Slate and sitting behind me in the FleetCenter, offers a preview of Bob Graham's diary entry from tonight:
8:45 p.m. Speech at Democratic National Convention. Crowd listless. Applause lines failing. Air leaving room. Really, leaving room. Florida delegation--where's the Florida delegation? Silence. Long, devastating, horrible silence. Why? Sharpton went before me.
10:35 pm: John Edwards obviously didn't read your blog on outsourcing :-)posted by: Steve White on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Watching the 2000 Republican convention we learned that the Republicans are the party of diversity.
At the 2004 Democratic Convention we learned that the Democrats are the party of war -- they simply love to kick ***.posted by: PD Shaw on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
8:33: The Reverend Al Sharpton says that if Bush were president in the fifties, he wouldn't have picked a Court that ruled the right way in Brown Vs. Board of Education. This is both overreaching and amusing. The only reason Brown came out the way it did is because in between the two sets of oral arguments, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren to replace Truman appointment Carl Vinson -- who would have led to a very different ruling.
Dan, you need to catch up on the news. The rumor that all Republican presidents are actually indistinguishable drones from a clone army has recently been debunked. Therefore, it is at least possible - just possible - that Eisenhower and Bush are different people with different values and attitudes, party affiliation aside.
Sharpton is correct on his basic point. Bush is not an original thinker and does not have a progressive rock in his head. Had he been from that era he would have held the conservative/right-wing values of that era.posted by: EH on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Geez, with all that race stuff they're stuck in the time machine of the 1970s. I was going to comment more,but these conventions are party line snoozers and non-events.
What a waste of good moneys that some of us would use to start a few corporations or at least on some Great Lakes cleanup projects.
posted by: Alex on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
I noticed that most of the reasons Al Sharpton gave for thinking the Democrats are not taking black voters for granted were things that happened no later than the Johnson administration. As I recall he also mentioned some low-level black staffers on the Kerry campaign. And that "Obama Barako" guy. I missed his reference to the African American Democrats John Kerry considered as qualified to be Vice President as a personal injury lawyer who has treated his Senate seat as if it were a part time job.
Speaking of John Edwards, I was kind of ticked off that after promising free college, free health care, tax credits for child care, sunshine and lollipops for everyone he never got around to promising new brake linings for my '96 Ford Taurus, which is what I really need right now. And he calls himself compassionate!
"9:27: Do I agree with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on economic policy? Good God, no -- As I type this Granholm is stoking outsourcing fears and blathering on about "fair trade." But my word, she's a good-looking politician."
Finally, I agree with you on something other than free trade. Her speech was decent, but she needs to talk a bit faster.
ABposted by: Angry Bear on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
“The Reverend Al Sharpton says that if Bush were president in the fifties...”
How does one reconcile the views of Al Sharpton and Brad DeLong? Here is just one example of what DeLong said about the radical race card leftist over a year ago:
“The problem with treating Sharpton as just one more anti-war lefty is that that is not who he is, and legitimating him gives something I find quite scary a potential power base inside the Democratic Party. That cannot be good... Posted by DeLong at February 26, 2003 07:00 AM | TrackBack “
One merely needs to do some modest googling to find other utterances of DeLong’s disgust at Sharpton’s antics. Somebody is going to be effectively marginalized if John Kerry becomes president? Who will it be, Brad DeLong or Al Sharpton? Will the middle of the road Democrats still have a place at the table?posted by: David Thomson on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Sharpton: "If George Bush were President in 1954, Clarence Thomas would have never gone to law school."
Oh, yeah? Well, if John Kerry had been king of England, the Spanish armada would have crushed the English fleet! Not only that, but if John Edwards had been in charge of Russia in the late 80's, he would have never reformed the lovely 'one Russia'! Don't even get me started on what the world would be like if Al Sharpton had been at the Constitutional Convention.
Is this the season of counterfactual arguments, or what?posted by: Jason Ligon on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
I guess it's redundent to say Sharpton's an idiot. I guess it doesn't mean anything to him that Bush's Sec. of State and National Security Adviser--arguably among the half dozen most important people in the government--are African American. This is the kind of crap that turned me away from liberalism and still repels me. The idea that the Democrats can take someone like Sharpton seriously and give him a forum for his inanities makes me sick.
Dude, Where's My Party? (with no apologies to the slob Michael Moore since he was willing to expropriate Ray Bradbury's title).posted by: MWS on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Yes.posted by: Jim on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Correction to your 5:04: the Guardsman did not catch the ball. It bounced under his glove. (As one spinner spun: 'Kerry had a lot of stuff on the ball.')posted by: old maltese on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
sPeaking of Granholm, anyone see this?posted by: praktike on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
Sharpton's actually toned down some of his more extreme rhetoric. The Tawana Brawley case remains a despicable piece of work on his part, and I can understand why he gives people hives.
I'm still hoping that the democratic party can cultivate black leaders who are not Jackson, Sharpton or Mosely-Braun. Obama may be good -- a little too liberal, but not a kook. Donna Braziles used to be OK, I guess she isn't actively into politics.
Where is the equivalent of Powell on the Democratic side ? It doesn't have to be an active politician, it has to be someone with a solid, long record of achievement outside of politics and is a Democrat.
Of course, I think the US will have Hispanic VPs and Presidents before African American ones.posted by: erg on 07.28.04 at 03:47 PM [permalink]
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