Part one: Interview with Political Junkie Ken Rudin, formerly of NPR
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4:00: Debra Wasserman Schultz quitting the DNC and getting an honorary chair position on Hillary’s campaign in the same day is “extraordinarily politically tone deaf.”
5:45: “Debra Wasserman Schultz got overwhelmingly booed by the Florida delegation.”
Part 2: Walking the halls, interview with Josh Fox, opening gavel drops
0-5:20: Walking through the halls and into the main “bowl” area.
Just giving a feel for the place.
3:30: “The name is Sanders. Hi.”
A volunteer in the bowl.
“The name is Sanders. Hi.”
“I voted for you.” Laughs.
5:20-10:20: Interview with Josh Fox in the upper hallway.
Josh is the director of a fracking documentary, and a member of the platform committee, which helped write the platform. He talks about its environmental aspects.
Jeff: “Regardless of the progress made in the platform, do you see the TPP as sabotaging all of that, or are you still happy despite?”.
Josh: “That the Democrats have handed Donald Trump this issue [by not opposing the TPP], just handed it to him in a silver platter, is insane.”
“85% of those under 45 years old voted for Bernie…”
Jeff: “…and Hillary does not seem to be fighting for their vote.”
9:15: “Hillary: wake up!”
10:10: Josh abruptly walks away, practically in mid-sentence.
10:25-13:15: Walking through the hallways again.
11-15: Interview with volunteers checking credentials of those trying to enter the bowl.
Reggie Creed from Westhampton New Jersey. Two years retired. Excited for this opportunity to volunteer at this first convention.
Jeff: “Do you support one or the other?”
Jeff: “Don’t want to say?”
Reggie: “Have to remain neutral.”
Jeff: “If you didn’t have to remain neutral, who would you say?”
“No? I didn’t trick you?” Laughs. “OK thanks for volunteering.”
13:15: Entering the main “bowl” area while the ceremonies begin. Gospel choir is on stage singing “Glory Glory Hallelujah”.
17:00-22:45: “I hereby call the 47th Quadrennial Democratic National Convention to order.”
Finding my seats, the opening gavel drops.
I’m on the floor near the main stage, focused roughly on the performing gospel choir.
19:45: I find the New Jersey section. The opening gavel drops.
“I hereby call the 47th Quadrennial Democratic National Convention to order.”
20:45: My hotel roommate, Richard, introduces Peter Jacob, the only Berniecrat running in the general in New Jersey this year.
22:45: Bertin Lefkovic, New Jersey delegate and my whip: “Hillary’s putting me to sleep.” Laughs.