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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 08:03 PM
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A Roll Call Even Hollywood Couldn't Top: "Can the Republican convention even come close?"
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Ever since the demise of smoke-filled rooms at national political conventions of the past -- where deals were worked out behind the scenes -- most viewers skip roll call votes for the nomination, passing up ministerial events where the outcome is determined days in advance.

I try to never miss them. I tune in and hang on every word. Im so glad I didnt miss this one.

Yes, it was historic. The first time an African American has been nominated for president of the United States by a major political party.

Yes, too, the orchestration of the event was pure Hollywood -- no, make that pure stuff of Washington: Hillary Clintons appearance on the floor to move for Barack Obamas nomination by acclamation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosis magical arrival at the podium to guide the convention to its scripted outcome....

As for me, the highlight -- my pure, unadulterated joy -- was in the speeches by the heads of the delegations that cast their votes for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I received a history and cultural lesson in Americana listening to the speakers tout their respective states. Sure, they all put a little yeast in their stories, but what the heck.

The visuals were stunning as well. Did you know there were so many people of color in Montana and Idaho? Without the roll call vote, I would not have seen the public make-up of convention delegations. They looked like the America I want for my children and grandchildren. That they also came together to produce the nations first presidential candidate of a different color is important. But not as much as what they presented in themselves.

Can the Republican convention even come close?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/08/_...
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 08:04 PM
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1. great stuff!
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 08:07 PM
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2. unfortunately only a few of us CSPAN nerds saw it
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 08:11 PM
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3. It was the most exciting thing I have seen in this entire campaign
Did the MSM not show it? Wow if so that was dumb.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 09:00 PM
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5. I went back and forth -- on CNN they didn't talk over it; on MSNBC, they did. nt
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complain jane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 08:19 PM
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4. Agreed.
This is an amazing time and I've never been so proud to be a Democrat.
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