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Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Apr 27, 2016, 10:57 PM (0 replies)

Good question.

Had the teevee on in the background, on MSNBC they were talking about potential VP picks. With Trump the question was reversed from who the candidate would choose to “Who would want that job?”, the implication being that no one with serious political aspirations would even consider the slot.

Did anyone else hear that? Has the discussion of the veep slot ever been discussed in those terms for any other candidate?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 26, 2016, 04:09 PM (2 replies)

Job application

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 26, 2016, 12:46 PM (0 replies)

Not necessarily a spurious suggestion:

DU needs a "Big Furry Hat forum".

Pronouncements of absolute certainty abound.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:32 PM (0 replies)

Can’t We Disagree Respectfully

The Colorado Democratic Party State Convention was held on Saturday, April 16 in Loveland amid a mix of snow and rain. Let me say from the start that I have friends who are supporting Senator Bernie Sanders. At the precinct caucus, county and Congressional District meetings, there was enthusiasm, respect and courtesy shown to everyone from each side. At the State Convention, the only trait that carried over was the enthusiasm.

Among Sanders supporters from Weld County, they acted just as civilly as they did at our county meetings. But to our left and down the side of the meeting hall, were some of the rudest, most disrespectful people you could have encountered. Many of those seats were held by Bernie Sanders delegates from other counties.

The catcalls, chanting, yelling during Senator Bennet’s nomination speech were very upsetting. Here he stood on the stage with wife and children talking about all the hard work he has done on issues that everyone cares about, and the response was to shout and stomp feet. It was difficult for him to finish in a way that we could all hear. Disgraceful is the word for the behavior of the hecklers. This behavior was certainly not helpful to Senator Sanders but undoubtedly produced a backlash of emotions from other Democrats in the room.
...more at link


Pat Waak, the author of this OP, was seated down front near the stage. She gives a better perspective than I was able to offer from my position at the back of the room.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:42 PM (8 replies)

Even if

At this point, even if Hillary Clinton DID release the transcripts, Bernie Sanders and the Republicans would invent some other criterion for her. She’s already met and in some cases surpassed the usual standards, but it will never be enough, will it? She’s released thirty years of tax returns, Sanders has released one and considers that just exactly the same and, therefore, she should release the transcripts. Comparing apples to oranges? Hell no — it’s comparing apples to a fruit that hasn’t even been invented yet. It’s no longer a matter of double standards. At this point it’s gone well beyond triples.

The question that remains: What will be the next hurdle they demand she jump?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 10:41 PM (7 replies)

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)
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