ntang (ntang) wrote,

Live, from New York...

...it's the Democratic National Convention!  That's right, I'm blogging to you live from in front of the tv while watching the DNC in Boston on CSPAN!

Ok, so maybe it's not right up in front of the podium, but it's just as boring fascinating from here.

Al Gore's speech was pretty good - it's too bad he didn't discover his passion and energy four years ago, or he'd be campaigning for his re-election now instead. But better late than never.

Most of the speakers have been just sort of 'eh so far, but I'm looking forward to hearing Clinton's speech. Well, both Clintons, but mostly Bill. (Sorry. I don't dislike Hillary, I just haven't been wowed by the speeches I've heard from her. Maybe she'll change that tonight, y'never know.)

It's too bad the conventions have become so bland - I've heard stories about old conventions when they apparently were - I know, it's weird - relevant and they actually accomplished things. Crazy, I know, right? Apparently back then, things like the nominee and the nominee's choice for veep were actually not determined until the convention itself, lending them some drama. Actual drama, not just scripted and canned speeches.

Ah well. I will say something - this new internet-driven, people-driven approach to democracy is really exciting. The online weblogs, the house parties, the informal gatherings, the meetups - this is really cool. I don't think there's ever been an election where people had so many ways to talk, connect, learn, share... it's amazing. And it's exciting! For the first time in a long time, I actually am getting into the whole process itself, and I think that's great. I'm taking an active role, not just a passive one. Crazy. Crazy!

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