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Democratic National Convention 2012 COVERAGE

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley may have temporarily hurt his chances at higher office with a flat speech Tuesday night at the DNC. His hometown paper the Baltimore Sun said “It was too big and felt far too artificial and gimmicky for the intimacy of TV.” But that’s not what the Ohio delegation heard when he gave virtually the same speech to them at breakfast on Monday morning. Ditto for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (daughter of OH Gov. John Gilligan) http://www.wksu.org/news/story/32966
who spoke to Ohioans Tuesday morning and to the full convention later that night.

Both these smart, polished speakers sounded funny, engaged, and natural in the morning but stiff and flat in the evening. Stage fright? No, it’s the teleprompter, stupid. Both locked eyes on that teleprompter in the evening and held on for dear life. It’s understandable for civilians like Lilly Ledbetter who would have been a little nervous at any podium. But O’Malley and Sebelius clearly can talk – if they don’t worry about reading their speech.

Talking to people via teleprompters is difficult so give it up. Few people can work it as well as Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama. The question is: where did she learn to do that?

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Remember when Obama sounded too much like Osama? A real liability 4 years ago but Dems have now made it an asset.
Also Keep on Truckin? An appeal to the youth vote if you were a youth in the 60′s. Poor Robert Crumb, he’s probaby getting stiffed once again on royalties for his drawing.

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Near the hotels where the Ohio delegates are staying is JM Keynes Blvd and Drive. Are North Carolinians fans of the British economist John Maynard Keynes or did they just name the street for visiting Democrats.

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Ashley Judd had a formal role speaking to the Ohio delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Celebrities of the more political variety were spotted in the halls of the convention in Charlotte. Among them: Jesse Jackson (look way to the back right)

 

 

 

 

 

and a former Massachusetts governor (no not that one) … Michael Dukakis.

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As at the Republican convention in Tampa last week, utilities are big sponsors of events at the Democratic convention. Many of the social functions sponsored during convention weeks by lobbyists and industry groups are closed to the press.

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A little gamesmanship occurred this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.   The head of the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern,  explained to his delegates at breakfast:

“Our friends in the Ohio Republican Party had delivered a cake to the back of the room, marking something having to do with the president’s schedule. They thought it was cute. There’s something ironic; the party of John Kasich sending cake. It reminds me of Marie Antoinette.”

The cake read “It’s irresponsible; it’s unpatriotic; we’re not better off. “

The most confused person had to have been the cake decorator.

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