Politics Blog

Touring the wreckage

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By Steven T. Jones
First came the crash, then the fire, then the melting of the 80/580 interchange onto 80/880, and then came the politicians -- including SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums -- showing up to look concerned. Read more »

Dem Con, Sunday: John Edwards

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By Tim Redmond

Former Senator John Edwards can't let Hillary and Barack show him up, so he has his own carefully staged entrance, surrounded by signs and supporters. He looks like a llittle Ken doll in the middle of the crowd, perfectly coiffed and impeccably dressed. But he's got the right lines for this audience. "We are past the time for cautious, poll-driven politics," he announces. Read more »

Dem Con Sunday: Maxine Waters for president

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By Tim Redmond

The warm up for John Edwards is L.A. Rep. Maxine Waters -- and she utterly steals the show. "We cannot deal with our domestic agenda until we end this war in Iraq," she says to rousing cheers. She talks about "the most dastardly lie ever told to the American people by their president." She goes through an amazing litany of what's gone wrong in Iraq, then says:

"Democrats, your presidential candidates and elected officials must stop nuancing and playing it safe."

I'm voting Maxine for president.

Dem Con 5 pm: Chris Dodd interview

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By Tim Redmond

My first headline for this entry was "Angelides bores small crowd." Poor guy -- almost nobody is paying attention as the former candidate for governor makes an utterly uninspiring speech. Then it's time for Chris Dodd, the senator from Connnecticut who has about as much support now in the polls (that is, very little) as Bill Clinton did at this point in his first presidential bid. (Dodd likes to point this out.)

No giant mobs with Dodd! Read more »

Dem Con 3 pm: Obama

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By Tim Redmond

During the Hillary Clinton press conferece this morning, one of the reporters asked Clinton to respond to the perception that she's the old guard of the party and Barack Obama is the upstart. She sidestepped politely, but here on the convention floor, there's some evidence that the reporter was right. There were a lot more Hillary signs and a more organized contingent this morning, but Obama's people are distinctly younger.

Like Clinton, Obama has staged a surprise entrance -- not even the rank and file of his supporters know exactly what door he will enter. Read more »

Dem Con, 2 pm: The nuts have a choir

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By Tim Redmond

Barack Obama is scheduled to speak shortly after 2 pm, but first we have to pass a rather large and loud choir that is performing in the convention lobby. I catch the posters in front, talking about the unlimited potential of nuclear energy and the tagling at the bottom: larouchepac.com.

Yes, it's the followers of Lyndon LaRouche, one of the great oddballs of American politics -- and they are singing. Read more »

Critical Mass

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For commentary and images from last night's Critical Mass, check the Guardian's San Francisco.

Carla Marinucci discovers (gasp!) bloggers!

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By Tim Redmond

Wow, Carla Marinucci is almost breathless at the discovery that a lot of bloggers are covering the state convention.

I like the Calitics post on this and the poll on the "whiney ass tittey baby" who anonymously criticized the bloggers. Even if I don't think that's how you spell titty.

And Carla: This is old news.

Lockyer on the media merger

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By Tim Redmond

I run into Bill Lockyer, the former state Attorney General (now treasurer) waiting his chance to get on stage. I explain to him that his successor, Jerry Brown, has formally closed any investigation in to the merger that gave Dean Singleton control over almost every daily newspaper in the Bay Area. "Any thoughts on that?" I ask.

His response:

"No. He's elected, and I've moved on."

Good to know your heart was in it, Bill.

Dem Con: Saturday afternoon

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By Tim Redmond

I got a chance to talk briefly last night with Rep. Jerry McNerney, the man who defeated Richard Pombo, and I asked him what the Democrats would do after Bush vetoes the Iraq funding cutoff. "Bring it back again, and again, and again," he told me. "That's what I would do."

At least it's a plan.