Aug 27, 2008
Jy hits the DNC - guest blog
My pal Jy is doing a semi-limited-audience blog but said I could excerpt, so here's one from last night:
Keep On Going!
So the last time the Democratic National Convention was in Denver -- 100 years ago -- the first women delegates attended. At this convention, for the first time, there are more women delegates than men. Today, of course, was the 88th anniversary of women having the right to vote.
It's hard not to be a woman and be at this convention and not get caught up in that. I've teared up a few times over the past few days. (Mostly because I'm such a history dork)
We went to an Emily's List event today that, while not nearly as interesting as yesterday's event, was equally inspiring. Pelosi, Clinton and Michelle Obama spoke. Clinton, however, did not at all convince me of being ready to "move on." Oh sure, she said the words, but her delivery didn't sell me. This isn't objective, it's all my intuition. And I'm torn, because I look at that room, older women, little girls, college interns and I totally understand their excitement, their disappointment. But man, she really creeps me out.
I sat next to neat guy from Michigan, an alternate delegate who was co-chair of his county's Clinton campaign. We talked about how disgruntled Michigan is and the challenges there in the general election. He said, "Well, she's meeting with a group of us tomorrow and we will see what she tells us to do." When pressed, he said, he doesn't want her to keep going, but that most of his voters will probably go to McCain without her in the race.
(Realizing the next 3 hours were going to be awfully uncomfortable if we kept talking about this, we shifted to fun topics like health reform -- he, his wife, and 3 of his kids are all doctors. We're hoping we see each other and tomorrow's health forum. And India -- he's originally from a state near Nepal!).
I thought her speech was fabulous, she convinced me, but I'm nagged by how much her demeanor and tone changed from 3pm to 9pm.
On the way home, I chatted with the chair of the South Dakota delegation. A really interesting person and passionate about Hillary. He knows it's up to him to set the tone and unify his delegation and he talked a really pretty game. I asked his nephew -- who appeared to be about 16 -- his impressions. He was about to tell me about a particularly juicy fight the S.D. delegation had at breakfast but then my shuttle bus pulled up to my hotel. His uncle looked a little relieved that the story was stopping.
Occam's Razor is that tomorrow all the official stuff will happen with minimal strife and we'll move smoothly into Thursday. I adore speeches that draw on history....her Harriet Tubman reference was really cool, especially given all the context of today, this convention and this election.
But I couldn't help also to think about Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis, grabbing hands, saying "Let's keep going!" and gunning their car over the cliff into the sunset.
(keeping fingers crossed for Occam's Razor)
p.s. Susan Sarandon and Jy are staying at the same hotel at the edge of Denver.