Follow BMG at day 3 of the Democratic National Convention

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Day 3: more of the same.  Wandering, talking, taking photos, and posting to Twitter.  I’m hoping to have a photographer friend contributing higher quality photos today. Follow @bluemassgroup, or watch the stream here.  Enjoy!

I agree with Bernie Sanders [...]

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… who negotiated what I call a coalition result, and said “Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

I liked Bernie Sanders coalition building and stated coalition goals as demonstrated and show cased in his convention speech last night, 7/25/16.

If I use some of my still limited physical energy on politics it will be in trying to ensure the keeping of promises as to that coalition and those goals. This is what I call “coalition building, this is a quote from Senator Bernie Sander’s speech 7/25/16 at the Democratic National Convention:

“”It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about.

But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Among many other strong provisions, the Democratic Party now calls for breaking up the major financial institutions on Wall Street and the passage of a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. It also calls for strong opposition to job-killing free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” I agree with these negotiated, coalition goals. [Emphasis added]

I also agree with what Bernie Sanders said, next:

“Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

President’s cannot make this kind or level of change, alone. It does take allies, coalitions, and dare I say it, good manners from all involved, which means Democrats, all of them, treating one another with respect. Respect builds alliances and keeps allies; juvenile antics [which it seems were going on in several, if not all, quarters] are just not effective. So enough with booing, calling fellow change agent progressives [whether "Democrats" or allied independents] ridiculous. Consider this a call for maturity, manners, and the kind of behavior that makes a coalition effective.

I expect it will take every ounce of Sen. Sander’s tenacity, courage, leadership skills and energy to “…see that platform implemented,..” and that is a push I can add my energies, such as they are, towards bringing about. You can read the full remarks here.

Meet Keri Thompson, UIP candidate for state rep

A frequent knock on third parties is “hey, why are you just running for president?  Run serious candidates for state rep.  Build your farm team.”  So, here’s Keri Thompson, who is trying to do just that: she’s running for the soon-to-be-open Third Plymouth District seat as a United Independent Party (UIP) candidate.

We talked for about 15 minutes about Thompson’s role in the Bernie Sanders campaign (she was an elected Bernie delegate, but she resigned that position after registering UIP, giving up her position to an alternate delegate who is reportedly delighted to be here), and about her UIP candidacy.

A Senator, a Speaker, and a Sheriff talk to BMG

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This morning’s interviews at the MA delegation breakfast include Senator Ed Markey, Speaker Bob DeLeo, and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins.  All very interesting and worth listening to.  As always, I very much appreciate their time.

Senator Markey:

Speaker DeLeo:

Sheriff Tompkins:

Follow BMG at day 2 of the Democratic National Convention

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I’ll spend today like I spent yesterday: wandering around Philadelphia looking for interesting things to see and people to talk to.  I’ll post most of it to Twitter, again using the hashtag #bmg16 to keep track of things.  Follow me @bluemassgroup; you can also watch the tweet stream here.  And let me know if there’s anything in particular I should see or do!

DNC Day 2 wrap-up

Just a couple of thoughts on yesterday before day 3 kicks into high gear.

  • The roll-call of states is awesome.  Listening to representatives of every state and territory talk about their home as they cast their delegation’s votes for president … well, it’s political junkie heaven.  And if you haven’t watched Bernie Sanders’ brother Larry cast his vote for Bernie, watch it now.  It was among the most moving moments of the entire convention.  There literally was not a dry eye in the house.
  • Bernie Sanders’ motion at the end of the roll call, after every other state had cast their votes (the delegates were not informed when Hillary went over the top, which I think was after South Dakota voted) to nominate Hillary Clinton by voice vote was exceptionally gracious.  There were some audible “no” votes, but the ayes vastly outnumbered them.
  • Bill Clinton’s speech was the other big event of the evening.  I wouldn’t call it electrifying, as some of his past speeches have been.  But, of course, his role at this convention is very different: to introduce and make the case for his wife.  He did that at length (there were many Twitter comments along the lines of “oh God, we’re 20 minutes in and only up to 1980!”), and I thought effectively.  A good setup from the more personal side, in preparation of what we can expect tonight from President Obama and VP Biden.
  • There was far, far less audible protesting inside the hall tonight than there was last night.  I heard very little in the way of boos, or even “Bernie! Bernie!” chanting.  However, a number of delegates left the floor after the roll call, and there were protests outside the arena.  Here’s a photo of one of them (click for larger).  The woman closest to me is an elected Bernie delegate from Oregon.

Hillary Clinton nominated!

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Woo hoo! She’ll be an infinitely better president than worse-than-Voldemort Trump. I’m glad to see her nominated, glad to see a woman finally making substantive progress toward the highest office in the land, and looking forward to working hard for her until victory in November.

This Democratic Convention is much more exciting than any one I can remember since, perhaps, Bill Clinton was nominated to defeat George Bush senior and his tired old ideas, and did, or Barack Obama was nominated to defeat John McCain and his tired old ideas, and did . Bernie Sanders has brought that to Philadelphia, and enormously strengthened the Democratic Party as a whole, and especially the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. His vote to put her over the top with Vermont was an act of political courage. Presumably, Clinton has offered him something worthwhile for his efforts, which is right and proper. He promises to keep bringing it until November. Bravo!

Go Hillary!

My eyes stung 12 years ago

I hear you! I worked for Dean, then Kerry after he was nominated, and dragged David into that effort from which, like a phoenix, BMG was created (after the monstrosity Bush II was elected), with Charley and everyone else. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Watching the convention tonight, I felt pulled back in time.  Sometimes it seems that many activists have one campaign that remains steeped in rose and gold, enthusiasm with no cynicism, adoration without suspicion.  For me it was Howard Dean in 2004.  I wore an orange hat and went door to door in Hiawatha, Iowa for him.  Distributed literature in Cedar Rapids.  Crashed on a cousin’s couch in Nashua passing out video tapes as people entered a supermarket.  Made phone calls to South Carolina and Wisconsin from home.  Then, lo and behold, I managed to snag a pass to the Convention in Boston on the night to hear Dean (and before him some senate candidate from Illinois).  My eyes stung when he came out.  Yelled my lungs out from the second mezzanine and loved how long that applause lasted.  Still have that pass; still have one of the signs I held.

That was the beginning of my streak of primary disappointment.  I liked Bill Richardson for his foreign policy experience.  He dropped out, I went with Hillary.  In 2016, I was mesmerized by Bernie Sanders’s message of economic justice.  But it was the Dean loss that hurt the most.  I believed in Dean….told him at our last conversation that I felt he was the Robert Kennedy of my generation.  God did it rankle to see John Kerry up there receiving applause and nomination.  Him!  Ugh!  It rankled to see him supporting Hillary twelve years later, too.  Thankfully, I did find a state representative candidate I could support with vigor in that cycle; that was a life preserver in a sea of ennui.  But the top line of the ballot still loomed.

It probably wasn’t until September that I came to terms with voting for John Kerry in 2004.  Not because of the platform.  Not because of the healing of time.  I voted Kerry in November 2004 because I was expecting people in Florida and Ohio to do the same.  God did I want those swing staters to do the right thing as I sat in electoral college irrelevance in the Bay State.  Wow was I hoping, deeply urging them to suck it up and vote Kerry.  No more wars, no more disasters…because a vote isn’t a self-indulgence.  A vote isn’t a weapon, a cudgel, an expression.  A vote is the strut you place in a bridge to the future, a bridge that I would be walking across; one my neighbors and someday my children would cross.

It may grate on me to hear from some of the Sanders delegates, the inconsistencies in their statements.  Their flexible definitions of trust and truth to serve their dislike for Hillary.  But….I probably would have said much of the same about John Kerry in 2004.  In August, with tears in my eyes.  I just hope my fellow Sanders supporters make that same journey I did in 2004.  It’s never easy; it’s never fun.  It’s never been more necessary.

How Fox Is Unskewing the DNC's First Night

A fabulous post. I just finished a nauseating trawl through Fox News with a similar concept in mind, and lo: BMG genius beat me to it! :-) - promoted by Bob_Neer

My wife asked me this morning how Republicans were reacting to the showstopping first night of the Democratic National Convention, so I put on my hip waders and set out on a journey to climb BS Mountain visit

It’s a fascinating look at how conservative media interprets the world for its audience. An objective perception of the night would go something like: The email leaks shook things up early, then Bernie Or Bust made a lot of noise, but Sarah Silverman told them they were being ridiculous & everyone laughed, setting the stage for Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to hit home run after home run, leaving the crowd on its feet, energized and unified. Even the cynical political reporters at Washington Post had to admit it was awesome.

But Fox had spent all day and all night hyping the email leak (which was NOT AT ALL a favor to Donald Trump from Vladimir Putin) as a devastating defeat from which Dems could not possibly recover. It had a choice: Move on from the email leaks like everyone else, or double down?

NYT says Julian Assange timed email leak

A striking piece in the NYT suggests its former partnership with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange has well and truly foundered. At this rate, he may be in the Ecuadorian Embassy for a very long time.

Six weeks before the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks published an archive of hacked Democratic National Committee emails ahead of the Democratic convention, the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, foreshadowed the release — and made it clear that he hoped to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency.

Mr. Assange’s remarks in a June 12 interview underscored that for all the drama of the discord that the disclosures have sown among supporters of Bernie Sanders — and of the unproven speculation that the Russian government provided the hacked data to WikiLeaks in order to help Donald J. Trump — the disclosures are also the latest chapter in the long-running tale of Mr. Assange’s battles with the Obama administration.

In the interview, Mr. Assange told a British television host, Robert Peston of the ITV network, that his organization had obtained “emails related to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication,” which he pronounced “great.” He also suggested that he not only opposed her candidacy on policy grounds, but also saw her as a personal foe.

At one point, Mr. Peston said: “Plainly, what you are saying, what you are publishing, hurts Hillary Clinton. Would you prefer Trump to be president?”

For more on Mr. Assange, listen to this recent, somewhat tiresome interview on Democracy Now!

Brief chats with a third of our congressional delegation

Maybe the best thing about being at the convention is that everyone spends a lot of time meandering around small spaces, and it’s therefore pretty easy to talk to people who can be difficult to corral the rest of the year.  At this morning’s breakfast I managed to snag Congressmen Seth Moulton, Joe Kennedy, and Steve Lynch.  I really appreciate their time. Here’s what they told me.




Thoughts on DNC Day 1

We’re already well into day 2, but I wanted to post a couple of quick thoughts on day 1 before it slips too far from our collective (and my particular) recollection.

First: Bernie Sanders gave a fantastic speech last night.  The cheers for him in the hall were extraordinary – hard to describe without being in there.  And, as you saw on TV if you watched, there were more a few of his delegates in the hall with tears in their eyes as he spoke.  My take is that he did everything he could possibly do to persuade his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton this fall.  He spoke at length, and passionately, about why he ran and what his campaign is about; he acknowledged their (and his) disappointment; and he made a very strong case for the importance of not sitting the election out.  Kudos to him.

Second: protesters, many of them wearing Bernie stickers and buttons, were all over the city yesterday.  I do love this photo I took of one of them (click for larger), who has found a way to merge the Sanders campaign with Game of Thrones.  (She’s from Nashville.)  Whether they will be persuaded by Sanders’ truly full-throated endorsement last night remains to be seen; reportedly, he was booed yesterday afternoon as he spoke to a group of his supporters and ask them to back Clinton.  I’ll be interested to see if the energy from the protesters and from Sanders delegates inside the hall is at all different today, post-speech, from what it was yesterday.

Your thoughts and takeaways?