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.