Convention chairman Antonia Villaraigosa was adamant that the president was firmly behind the 2008 wording and not supportive of the changes. There was an awkward point when Villaraigosa called for a verbal vote from the delegates present regarding reversion to the original wording; he was intolerant of the changes and sought to immediately undo them. He said that a two-thirds majority was needed. From the viewpoint of those viewing worldwide, there was doubt that even a 50/50 majority was achieved. Villaraigosa repeated the request for the vocal vote three times and finally asserted that the two-thirds majority had been achieved. Watchers must consider acoustics and placement of microphones before reaching any conclusions, but speculation is that we will hear more on this issue in the coming days and weeks.
Well versed in such issues is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently working with global leaders in the far East. Reports mention that secretary Clinton watched a recorded version of her husband's speech shortly after it aired.
Clint Eastwood and his amusing chair sequence at the Republican convention notwithstanding, it appeared that the Democrats had considerably more to say than the conservatives, and the convention as a whole held our attention. In addition we were spared from listening to repetitive personal attacks. The Republicans seem unaware of the current influx of voters far better versed than in previous years, sophisticated voters indeed, living in an age of Internet conversation, and a lively “blogosphere.”
It should be interesting to see the president speak tonight as he accepts the nomination.
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