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Colorado's snow-show convention

Last night, during pre-registration for today's Colorado Democratic Convention, there were concerns that we might not meet quorum due to the incoming snowstorm. As if! Yes, some delegates didn't get here, some due to weather, others due to calving (it is Colorado, after all). But we had more than enough alternates to make up the shortfall, and our numbers nudged close to 3000.

Given the events of the last few weeks, and in an effort to preserve absolute transparency, state party chairman Rick Palacio brought aboard two co-chairs pro tem: former Denver mayor Wellington Webb representing the Clinton campaign, and state legislator Jonathan Singer representing the Sanders campaign. The arrangement was applauded by the convention.

One of the highlights for many of us was the opportunity to hear Senator Michael Bennet. His wife gave a delightful talk, accompanied on stage by their three daughters. We were startled when, as the Senator came to the stage, there were loud boos and catcalls among the louder cheers. To be sure, Bennet is not perfect, but he is definitely one of the good guys, eminently approachable, and very receptive to any of us who call on him. Most startling was when he was booed for speaking of working on and passing bi-partisan legislation; then he was twice shut down by prolonged crowd-chanting of "Change your vote!" The big screen was showing a close-up of the kids who were quite obviously unsettled by what was going on. The man standing next to me echoed my own thought of "When did we start acting like Trump people?" He was wearing a Bernie shirt, and was clearly upset that all of the people shouting were waving Sanders signs. I caught the eye of a couple of friends, both Sanders supporters, who were not participating in the shoutdown and were trying to get things calmed down.

Those of us who volunteered to work at credentialing and registration strove to maintain an atmosphere of encouragement to everyone participating; we made sure to welcome the Sanders and Clinton camps equally, and until the shoutdowns, conviviality was the rule, so much so that many attendees remarked on it. Until the shoutdowns.

The preference poll broke along expected lines, about 3:2 for Sanders.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 06:45 PM (2 replies)

And the loser is . . .

The viewer. The caliber of the questioning leaves a great deal to be desired. It’s conflict-baiting, along the lines of “have you stopped kicking your dog?” I keep waiting for substance, instead we’re getting “Would you like to respond to your opponent’s nyah nyah with a waaahh or a boo hoo?”

CNN is sucking badly.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Apr 14, 2016, 10:00 PM (5 replies)

Yup. Nope.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Apr 14, 2016, 02:21 PM (0 replies)

Colorado Conventioneering

Well, our Colorado state convention is this weekend. Seeing as how it's just one town over from where I live I'm going to be there for both days. Chances are now pretty good that it's going to be a bit rambunctious. Just a couple of days ago I was wishing I had the popcorn concession; now I'm thinking that boxing gloves and bandaids might be more profitable, dammit.

Ah, well, I survived the '08 convention in Colorado Springs. This one should be at least as "interesting."

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:47 AM (2 replies)

Help Wanted

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:08 AM (7 replies)

Colorado Delegate mix-up: Update

Tuesday, April 12 2016
Contact: Rick Palacio; 303-623-4762, info@coloradodems.org

CDP Chair Statement on Nominating Process

Denver, Colorado - Today, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio released the following statement related to Colorado’s Democratic nominating process:

“Today, the Denver Post misreported several facts which relate to Colorado’s Democratic nominating process. On caucus night, preliminary and unofficial results were posted online in an effort to share as much information as we had in a timely manner. Those preliminary and unofficial results showed a higher level of support for Secretary Clinton than she actually received in a handful of precincts in Denver County. After a verification process, the official results, along with the caucus worksheets were sent to both Presidential campaigns at the same time just days following precinct caucuses. It appeared that the Clinton campaign did not review the information until last week, at which point they asked to clarify the information previously sent to their team.

"What was posted on caucus night were only preliminary results which were not used in the allocation of delegates at any level. The Denver Post misreported this fact, and didn't accurately report the fact that both campaigns received the correct data at the same time within days of the caucus. If one used the official data which was shared with both presidential campaigns to predict the outcome of the 1st Congressional District Convention, the prediction would have been 5 delegates for Sen. Sanders and 3 delegates for Sec. Clinton, and the actual, official results of the Saturday’s 1st Congressional District Convention were 5 delegates elected for Sen. Sanders and 3 delegates elected for Sec. Clinton.

"We sincerely apologize for this confusion it has caused around the caucus process and any changes that affect the estimation of national delegates allocated in the state of Colorado.”
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 07:29 PM (1 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 06:52 PM (3 replies)


It happened again. I came out of the grocery store to find someone staring at my car. In and of itself, that’s not unusual, the many stickers making it obvious that I support Democrats and liberal/progressive ideas. But one of those stickers addresses neither a candidate nor an idea (not directly, anyway), and that’s the one he was trying to puzzle out.

So, as I was putting my groceries in the trunk, I answered his question about it. A couple of years ago, I explained, the newspaper did a story on voter registration in our county. They reported that Republicans account for 38% of registered voters, the balance being split between Democrats and those who choose no affiliation. Based on those numbers their headline trumpeted that “Republicans Dominate”. Dominate? With only 38%? So I made the sticker, purple for the mix of red and blue, and 62% for all those who are NOT Republicans.

“I like that, “ he said, “I’ll have to remember that. Thanks!” Then he smiled, gave a little wave, and was on his way. Score one for the nonRepublican Democrat!

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 09:01 PM (15 replies)

All aboard! Or not . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 03:17 PM (1 replies)

So help me whatever.

There was a time when the underside of the bus was routinely occupied by Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, and their fellow carrion-feeders. Nowadays they’re joined by every print journalist and broadcaster who dares to report anything that runs counter to our opinion of the moment. A slightly positive story about a candidate is immediately and angrily labeled part of a conspiracy against our favorite, and a discussion of facts and figures from the historical record is vilified, assumed out of hand to be nothing but cherry-picked lies. There is now no member of the media - print, broadcast or cyber - whose clothing is unstained by the motor oil that coats the bus’s undercarriage.

Meanwhile, we have become an eruptive collection of lie-detector experts, each with our own special distillation of truth serum. We turn on each other, now, with an automatic venom that used to be reserved for the corruptive influences that really do seek to defile our present and our future. We are self-declared fastidious historians driven by absolute altruism, dedicated to nothing less than the pure exposition of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help us whatever; we can't risk that purity by listening to anyone, not even those who've always walked beside us. Because of that we are becoming increasingly isolated, necessarily separated from our former camaraderie because, in the end, only one of us can be right. And we all know who that isn’t, don’t we? It sure as heck ain't me.

Okay, I’ll go back under the bus now.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 01:39 AM (8 replies)
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