As Democrats gather in Charlotte this week to officially nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, Florida delegate Shannon Love will be offering an on-the-ground perspective of the convention. Here is her latest dispatch:
My roommate, Siobhan Harley and I, are having a great time watching so many of the networks and political candidates speak. As Siobhan noted, Cory Booker did a great job sounding a lot like a preacher.
This morning, the Florida delegation breakfast had Senator Warner from Virginia spoke as well as Mayor Cory Booker. It was clear both had bright future careers. Booker riled the crowd wildly as he addressed the question, “are we better off?”
It is a tricky question, as it seems surrogates want to answer in a way that recognizes the President’s accomplishments while also not downplaying the economic struggles the President is still addressing. From Booker’s speech, it became clear the answer is overwhelmingly yes.
At the end of the delegation breakfast, Rod Smith, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, commented that if he rocked the house at while on one good foot (he had hurt his ankle on the way into the event), imagine how good he would have been on two feet. From the whole experience, Cory Booker summed it up: “Florida isn’t just a political ground, it’s sacred ground.”
The quality of speakers and visitors anxious to speak to Florida testifies how important of a state we are to up and coming political candidates looking to seek acceptance on the national stage.