Politics Blog

Dem Con 5 pm: Chris Dodd interview

|
()

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

|
()

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

|
()

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

|
()

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

Carla Marinucci discovers (gasp!) bloggers!

|
()

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

|
()

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

|
()

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.

Dem Con, Saturday noon: Hillary's speech

|
()

By Tim Redmond

Shortly before Hillary Clinton takes the stage this morning, perhaps 200 cheering supporters are lined up just inside one of the side doors that lead into the cavernous convention center. The rest of the press folks are mostly hanging out on the raised press platform or in the media section, watching state party chair Art Torres vamp on the main stage, so I wander over to the Hillary crowd see what's going on. Bob Mulholland, the veteran political director of the CA Democratic Party, wanders over, too. "What are you all waiting for?" he asks. "Hillary!" they shout. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 6 pm

|
()

By Tim Redmond

I just spent an hour with the star of the day, the former senator from Alaska, Mike Gravel who made news at last night's debate by asking Barack Obama who he's going to nuke.

Gravel is a character. He says the other candidates are "frightening," largely because he seems to think any of them might drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 4 pm

|
()

By Tim Redmond

There's a lot of talk and excitement at the Progressive Caucus. A few years ago, there were only a handful of people showing up for this meeting; today, the room is totally packed.

But the real political action is at the Resolutions Committee, where the rebels in the party are demanding more accountability, sunshine -- and, in the end, more of a say in where state party money goes. Read more »