Towleroad at the Democratic National Convention

road.jpg Virginia Governor Mark Warner will be the convention’s keynote speaker: “Warner, 53, briefly sought the Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out to pursue a U.S. Senate race against another former governor, Republican Jim Gilmore. Warner is far ahead in polls and fund-raising. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is targeting Virginia as a traditionally Republican state that he could turn blue this year. The resources his campaign are pouring into the Old Dominion are emblematic of the party’s optimism about cracking into the GOP’s solid hold on the South’s electoral vote. Warner, who endorsed Obama after dropping out of the primaries, has a post-partisan message that’s similar to Obama’s. Warner’s a rising star in the party, paired with the established force of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on the second night of the convention. The duo is designed as a powerful display of the strength of the Democratic Party headed into the fall.”

road.jpg Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will address the opening night of the convention and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will speak at the closing night at Invesco Mile High stadium.

road.jpg MONDAY – “ONE NATION”: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will speak on Monday night. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother will also speak that night. Michelle Obama will headline.

road.jpg TUESDAY – “RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE”: Tuesday night’s featured speakers include Convention Co-Chair Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, speaking on the economy, jobs, restoring fairness and expanding opportunity. Governors Ted Strickland of Ohio and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Senator Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will also speak on Tuesday, as well as Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana and Federico Peña, former Mayor of Denver and Secretary of both Energy and Transportation. Senator Hillary Clinton will headline on Tuesday.

road.jpg WEDNESDAY – “SECURING AMERICA’S FUTURE”: Barack Obama’s VP nominee will speak.

road.jpg THURSDAY “CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN”: Obama at Invesco Mile High Stadium. The fundies will be busy praying for rain.

road.jpg As far as non-political high profile names at the convention go, the NY Post reported this: ” Madonna, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow are expected to be among the celebs playing supporting roles when the convention begins two weeks from tomorrow. Others include Scarlett Johansson, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Forrest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon, Warren Beatty, Kanye West and Wyclef Jean. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones may also show…And Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and the Black Eyed Peas are slated to perform.”


  1. KFLO says

    Don’t forget that Bill is speaking on Wed night as well. I am so excited for the convention! Go Obama!

  2. john says

    DNC or RNC, why would you go to either. I can’t imagine the amount of political scumbags. Please try to get Reille Hunter’s autograph for me.

  3. Leland Frances says

    Congrats on your being credentialed for the Convention, Andy! Readers should also know that VERY few LGBT media reps were.

    As for Ms. Baldwin, whom I much admire, I’m a little troubled by the hyperbolic cheerleading for the platform. While she is joined by the main national LGBT groups in her alleged enthusiasm, in the process she and they both misrepresent just how many karats of gold it actually is, as well as indirectly disparaging what has been mined before in earlier platforms.

    E.g., the 2004 platform explicitly opposed a Constitutional ban on marriage equality, as well as condemning Bush for exploiting it. 2008 mentions nothing about either. The closest it comes is, “We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us.”

    It is particularly odd that 2006 does not explicity call for or promise to work for DOMA’s repeal as it does re DADT.

    While defending the move as simply echoing the type of language that has traditionally appeared in various legislation, 2008, unlike 2004 and earlier, does not once use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Instead, it only refers to “sexual orientation,” “same-sex couples, and “gender identity.” The latter seems entirely appropriate and “neutral,” but “sexual orientation” should have been avoided, just as it should have been replaced long ago with something else in such bills, because it reinforces the idea that being gay is only about sex which encourages opposition not cooperation. For the same reason, “same-sex” should have been replaced by “same-gender.” If they’re smart enough to avoid “sexual identity” they should be smart enough across the board.

    I don’t mean to quibble too much, those who’ve fought to get and keep us this far are to be applauded. But hyperbole in this election has already become enough of a burden to our succeeding in trouncing the Troglodytes that we don’t need to salt the soup any more.


  4. Leland Frances says

    Correction: It is particularly odd that 2008 does not explicity call for or promise to work for DOMA’s repeal as it does re DADT.