The best way I can think to sum up the DNC convention is that it ended as well as it could have.
I’ve already gone over the reason why we felt the need to boo at times or raise the issue of TPP by chanting and on the final night we chanted “No more war” to during war talks, to which the Hillary people chanted, “USA, USA, USA” to drown us out. (Do they want more war? Confused.)
Tuesday was a very emotional night. It was quite a scene to witness Bernie’s brother announcing the Democrats Abroad total. It was interesting to see how each state announced themselves, and it was kinda disappointing when they would do Hillary’s name last. It would have been nice if they announced the winners totals last. Another disappointing thing was seeing the Superdelegates influence. The worst was Wyoming where Bernie won with almost 60% and he got 7 votes to 11 Clinton votes. I’m glad there is reform in the works, but it would have been better had they eliminated it entirely.
It was fun to be there when Minnesota’s totals were announced: 47-42 for Bernie (he won well over 60%). There was a really good picture in the Star Tribune of our delegation during this period when we all squeezed in together, and the thing that really struck me was how diverse our delegation was. I realize that diversity is a Democratic Party goal, but it really seems to me like the DFL takes it to a whole other level. Very proud to be a DFLer.
Another disappointment came when Bernie moved to accept Hillary by acclamation (voice vote). I know that she won, but it would have been nice to see a total. Not sure why they skipped that part.
After roll-call was over a number of us walked out to the concourse, not as part of the organized walk-out, but because it was a very, very emotional time and we needed a break. (Side note, some of the emotion came from Hillary delegates trying to force Hillary signs on Bernie Delegates. Our co-chair at breakfast had asked for time to heal, and that’s what we needed, not bullying). While in the concourse, R.T. Rybak came out and we had a huddle and he gave us a pep-talk. I am struck with how kind and generous this man is. We definitely needed it and I think quite a few of us felt better after it.
Huddle over, quite a few of us left. We had prior engagements to get to (more on that later). When we were leaving, we tried to go in the regular subway entrance, but were turned away and told to get tokens (SEPTA was supposed to be free for the convention). So we cross the street to get tokens, and I’m glad that we couldn’t get on in the first entrance. We had to walk by protesters on the other side of a fence and they were cheering for Bernie and they started cheering “Thank You” to us. It really felt like we were a part of something bigger. We thanked them back and headed for the train.
Wednesday, I still wasn’t feeling great about the whole process and I had family visiting in D.C. so I took the train down to see them and see our capital. This was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that I went. You can see my post about that here: Facebook Post on DC Trip
When Thursday dawned I had gotten 14 hours of sleep since Sunday. The main reason for this was that the convention goes from 4-ish to 12am-ish. So if you want to do anything social, of which there is a LOT to do, you do it after the convention. So we regularly didn’t get to bed until 3:30-4 and had to get up between 7:30 and 9am for breakfast. (Next time I might get up later)
Thursday’s day of convention was more jovial than Tuesday. Maybe it was Obama’s speech or people just had had some time to heal. There was much joking about, though we still did our part by raising our voices when needed. But I think it was done in a better fashion this time around. Hillary’s speech was good. I could have done without all of the military talk leading up to it to remind us that she is indeed a hawk. I realize that makes some like her more, but I personally believe that we don’t need to be starting more conflicts.
I do think that with her speech, had she nominated someone other than Tim Kaine (someone who isn’t for TPP and corporate interests) she could have sewn up this election. As it is, it will be hard for her to win.
When she does win, us Berners will be responsible for giving her a congress to help enact the changes we want to see. We’re going to do everything we can to get progressive voices elected all up and down the ballot.