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.”