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Live blogging commenses. This is the Friday Night Convention Thread.
Here’s how it’s going to work: I will post new live updates periodically throughout the evening on this post after the fold. When I update, I’ll change the timestamp below so you’ll know if there’s new stuff to read.
As half my readers are here at the convention, I have no idea if people will find this coverage useful. But it certainly will be interesting!
PS: Spellchecking will be sparing. So be nice!
4:55PM: So, checked in around 20 minutes ago, and am hooked up in a very sparse (and not overly large) room with tables, electrical strips, and wonder of wonders, FREE FOOD! One comment overheard from another press person regarding the food: “much better than the Republican convention.” Ha!
I think I’m going to power down and see how far they’ll let me wander, and maybe I’ll see some of my fellow bloggers (many are on the floor as delegates and organizers) or some of the Lowell Deval peeps. Will check back in a bit!
6:50PM: So, internet is only available in the media room which only has a TV view of the convention. I’m posting on the laptop of Andy of Mass Revolution Now!, he has that Bluetooth cell-based internet (thanks Andy). He’s in the hot seat where I was just at, with Erik Arvidson of the Lowell Sun, we’re talking about being bloggers (again). Funny, I came all this way to be media and us bloggers are STILL the story. I swear I don’t ask for this stuff. Heh.
I have some photos and hopefully I will be able to pull off putting up some video later on too. We’ve been getting the standard speeches, nothing too exciting but pretty rousing.
Jim McGovern is being introduced now.
8:40PM: This is my “liveblogging” notes in Word to post later (no internet to be found on the convention floor)
Met and am hanging out with John Gonzales of Boston Magazine during McGovern’s speech (also Andy of MRN is here too). McGovern’s a good guy and he says nothing I disagree with, but I think he’s gone on just a little too long…schedule’s off by over 20 minutes (it’s 7:22 and Kennedy was supposed to be on at 7, with Bobby Haynes of the AFL-CIO.
Finally, McGovern is off the stage. Again, nice guy, but did someone tell him he.
Gabrieli is on the floor in front of the media talking to delegates.
AFL-CIO, Bob Haynes. Very loud and raucous. Talking about working people. Decent speaker but after the McGovern speech went on so long I think some people are hoping for a short speech. “Are you sick and tired of these absentee landlords running our state!?” (referring to Romney and his Republican predecessors) gets good applause though.
Andy says: You gotta love Dems, never on time anywhere. Cute, and so true!
Hanyes: “Do you think Kerry Healey came to the Working Families Forum?” got some people riled up, yelling “no!”
OK, it’s getting way late for Kennedys’ speech (7:35PM). Sigh.
Joe and Matt Kennedy to intro their uncle.
First funny of the night from them -nice attempt, too staged. Cute personal stories of them as kids getting support from their uncle.
Series of delegates and others introducing Kennedy. Now we have the multimedia emotionally-edited video of Kennedy over the years…clips of speeches, TV interviews, testimonials from others. His opposition to the Bush admin, war. Long video…too long. Well edited though.
Victoria Kennedy on now. She’s pretty good, crowd much more attentive. Call and response between her and the audience. Her speech goes a little too long too. Seems a Democratic flaw!
Andy has internet on his Mac. POUT. His Mac apparently has better range than Susan’s (no offense Susan I loves ya!).
Kennedy finally on. Huge applause. I’m recording it on my digital camera, so hopefully will figure out how to post it later.
Memory ran out…crap. Missing a lot of the speech. Missed the “I accept the nomination” part. Bummer!
Andy and his snark is distracting.
Calls his vote against the war the best vote he has ever cast. Time for troops to come home!
Ted’s always worth listening to. We need more great orators…we’re sorely missing statesmanship in our leadership.
Talks about investing in renewable energy…except of course on the Cape. Grrrr. College investment.
OK, going off to media room to post this…
9:10PM: John Gonzales is reporting there’s no one left on the convention floor. A shame, as Martha Coakley is up to speak soon…Dems should hear her as I think she’ll be around in MA politics for a while.
Here she is…of course, I’m in the media room watching this on the TV over my shoulder. Ha. Mentions choice…opportunity for her grand-nieces. She’s a decent speaker, emphatic in all the right places, right pauses. Let’s see if she has the Democratic flaw of speaking too long. She isn’t a great orator, the speech is mediocre (was better at beginning relating her candidacy to her family).
The media is clearing out too, packing up and putting their laptops. There’s still one speaker and an awards thing, I doubt anyone will be left to see it! Dems need to put a cap on speech lengths. Really.
Off to the parties. Will hopefully find time to post pics and stuff. And see if the crappy video feature on my camera was any good…
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