A stunning lack of disunity

A stunning lack of disunity… that was my immediate reaction watching the crowd respond to Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention.  No doubt there are Clinton delegates who remain unconvinced, and no doubt many will cast their ballot for Clinton come roll call, but if folks were expecting any drama tonight, they’ll just have to make due with the uplifting kind.

Accustomed to watching conventions on TV I almost feel as if I’m missing the show sitting on the floor in person, so I’ve no idea how Clinton’s speech came off to the millions of Americans watching, but she was a hit here in the building.  The Obama delegates I talked to thought that Clinton said what she needed to say “unify” the party (whatever that means when it comes to Democrats) while the Clinton delegates had nothing but praise for their candidate.  Clinton didn’t actually release her delegates, but she did everything but.

More in the morning, but for now I’m off to the most important part of the convention… the late night parties.  I’ve earned my pay today, and now it’s time to drink it.

One of the more amusing sights of the evening was that of Rep. Jay Inslee sitting in the aisle… that is until a fire marshal escorted him out.   I guess US congressmen are a dime a dozen at the Pepsi Center this week, so his office doesn’t even buy him squatting rights in the stairway.  If only he did something important—like, you know, writing a foul-mouthed blog—the delegation might be able to find him a seat.


  1. 1

    sparky spews:

    She will release them tomorrow, when she stops the roll call and asks for him to be nominated by acclimation.

    Her speech was awesome. Where was THAT Hillary during the campaign??

  2. 2

    Jim, (a genuine musician) spews:

    Looks like the rightwing goons will be more scared than even yesterday.

  3. 3

    mark spews:

    Dems have been in charge for two years so where
    is my free healthcare? Hillary and dems all
    empty promises. Not gonna work anymore, sorry.

  4. 4

    Puddybud spews:

    #2: Not really. She never said Obama will be a great anything. She did say Michelle would make a great first lady. Where was Barack would make a great president. MIA! It was all about her. Typical Clintonian speech.

    It was a tepid unity speech. Much puff not too much stuff.

  5. 5

    YLB spews:

    Jim, watch me scare the right wing idiot @ 4.


    Look at him jump under the bed! LMAO!!

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 “Dems have been in charge for two years …”

    I see why you vote Republican … you have no fucking idea how our government works.

  7. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    By this time next year, after the war crimes tribunal has been convened, our trolls will be trying to convince us that Bush was a Democrat.

  8. 9

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    The whole disunity thing is a media creation. And the so-called “liberal” media has bought into it. They’ll all look like idiots if they don’t move off it soon.

    In the mean time, folks will be asking – exactly what did the republicans do for America during the eight years they ran the White House – six of which they also ran Congress.

    And the answer as we all know is – the republicans fucked America in the ass.

  9. 10

    proud leftist spews:

    Hey Puddy, how ya doin’, buddy? Still delusional, it would appear. You didn’t see the same speech I did. Your party is about to go the way of the dinosaurs. Start digging your burial hole, my friend.

  10. 11


    mark @ 3,

    “Dems have been in charge for two years so where
    is my free healthcare?”

    What the hell are you babbling about, Markie? People with mental retardation have had free healthcare for a long time now. Ask your mommy about it.

  11. 12

    Daddy Love spews:

    3 m

    Nothing’s free, mark. But it will be universal. The Edward M. Kennedy Universal Healthcare Bill should pass next year.

  12. 13

    rhp6033 spews:

    Meanwhile, back home in Washington State, somebody at the Republican Party Booth at the Monroe Fair was selling three dollar bills with a portrait of Obama in an arab headdress.

    In addition to the image of Sen. Obama, the likely Democratic nominee for president, the “Obamanation Note” design includes a silhouette figure of a camel, identifies Obama as “Da Man” and is signed by “Teddy Kennedy, Chief Socialism Advisor,” and “Al Sharpton, New Spiritual Advisor.” The serial number, “IBD14UOK” when read aloud, is fractured English: “I be de one for you, OK.”

    Source: Sale of bills mocking Obama cut off at GOP fair booth

    The article in the Herald notes that the fake bills were not approved by the party, and sales were cut off as soon as party officials learned about them from the news media and had a chance to communicate with the booth. For some reason, the Party has not been able to identify the person responsible for bringing them to the booth and selling them (denials all around).

    But the Republican Party’s objection to the bills seems to be not with their message, but whether this was an effective tactic:

    “Lilly said she didn’t hawk the bills and sold none of them in her stints working the booth. She said some in the party, herself included, did not agree with the method of political statement the bills represent.

    “I was told somebody thought it was funny and made it available,” Modrell said. “I do not believe it is humorous. I certainly don’t see maligning a national public figure in that manner to be productive.” (emphasis added)

    Given the history of the Republican Party over the past couple of decades, it would appear that they don’t have any problem with maligning a public figure, just that they have a dispute over the method of transmitting the message. Their current strategy is to make sure nothing is recorded, written, or printed, affording them the convenience of deniability when they get caught. This particular piece, being preserved in writing, didn’t fit that bill (no pun intended).