Downtown – Full of Democrats by Larry Yawn
Monday’s activities moved to the Convention Center with numerous caucuses held there and in the hotels in the city center. The caucuses provided delegates an opporunity to hear discussions on issues of particular interest to them and to be briefed on plans of that particular group to advocate for their positions. The National Education Association held a training session for educator delegates centered on media techniques and message advocacy. Approximately 300 delegates filled the room to be briefed on the difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney on education issues. Delegates were challenged to initiate strategies which would establish clear understandings within our communities of the difference between Obama and Romney.
The Texas delegation was hosted for a luncheon just accross the street from the Time Warner Center. Speakers at the luncheon included TDP Chair Gilberton Hinjosia, State Senator Royce West, State Representative Lon Burnham, and Congressman Keith Ellison from Michigan. MSNBC has set up their broad cast facilities in the same area. Believe me, watching Andrea Mitchell interview Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in person was exciting.
Topping the day was the reception for UT alumni hosted by the UT Exes of Charlotte. Quite the group showed up to mix with the likes of Paula Begala and sing “The Eyes of Texas” for all of downtown to hear. The Charlotte UT Exes are a great group of Democrats who are looking forward to the day our state turns blue.
Tuesday starts even earlier and runs even longer than today, but, before closing this message, how many times have you heard this quesation. “Are we better off today than we were four years ago?” If Democrats want to win this election, we have to respond to that with a clear and unequival “Yes.”
Four years ago the country was hemoraging jobs. Today jobs are increasing.
Four years ago the auto industry was headed for bankruptcy. Today it has been saved and is helping to spark recovery.
Four years ago an individual who inflected death and destruction on our nation continued to plot attacks. Today he no longer can direct such actions.
Four years ago persons with pre-existing medical conditions could not get insurance. Today they cannot be denied coverage.
The list goes on and on. You can add to it, and I hope you will. Yes, we are better off today than we were four years ago. Stand up and tell the story – if you want to win in November.