Dispatch #4 from Charlotte – Looking for President Clinton
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:
Since we arrived, the schedule has been hectic, to say the least.
First, there was a rescheduling leaving Cory Booker speaking Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.
Still, there is an overwhelming energy among the delegates and guests who have attended the Democratic National Convention. Though hard to describe, it is clear the DNC did a much better job of coming “alive” with the city as opposed to the RNC. It’s hard to imagine, but Tampa Bay would do well to have used this as a test to make a bid for future Democratic National Conventions.
Another interesting bote is how much planners are encouraging delegates to visit other hotels as well as local businesses. It would be interesting to compare the economic revenue of the Tampa RNC to the Charlotte DNC.
Late in the day yesterday, we took the time to go get Emily’s List reception tickets. There are so many events for delegates and guests that differenting which ones are worth going to for the networking is very hard to do.
Most delegates seem to be deciding what to do moment by moment. One of the “to be seen” place seems to be the Westin nearby, where the Arkansas Democratic Party hosted a fundraiser for Bill Clinton as well as where there looks to be high profile finance team fundraisers at.
Perhaps one of the most interesting conversations that seems to be happening is about Charlie Crist speaking Thursday. The Obama administration made a strategic decision to place him right before the President, arising eyebrows from just about everyone in the Florida Democratic Party.