Wednesday Night Windup

It appears Bill Clinton will speak at about 10:25 EDT, immediately after Elizabeth Warren. The delegates should be rocking and rolling by the time the Big Dog reaches the podium. I do wonder if 35 minutes gives him enough time for what he wants and needs to say.

I’ve been watching the convention off and on this afternoon and evening. The biggest crowd reactions when I was watching were for two people who know how to call down fire on evildoers: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver from Kansas City, an ordained minister who basically turned the convention into a brief but intense civil rights rally, and Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” who have been dogging Paul Ryan for a good while with jeremiads about the impact of his budget on the poor. So who says Democrats have “purged God” from the convention?

Speaking of said alleged purge, the convention started off on an awkward note today when the powers that be decided to “fix” two problems with the platform that had drawn sustained fire from conservatives earlier: omission of the term “God-given” before the usual cliche about “potential,” as compared to the 2008 platform, and the failure to include a ritualistic (if routinely ignored in actual U.S. diplomacy) statement the Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. An effort to amend the platform by voice vote in a half-empty hall produced a closely divided volume level of “yeas” and “nays” that the chair deemed passage by a two-thirds majority. It’s not clear what the “nays” were protesting–the surrender to wingnut pressure, the exact language of one or the other amendment, or the hasty procedure and lack of debate, but it was not pretty.

My favorite Wednesday speech so far (other than Cleaver and Campbell) was probably Cecile Richards’ (of Planned Parenthood) detailed account of GOP hostility to women’s health rights. But my favorite line was from Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s tribute to the women of the Senate, who, she said “had to deal with the macro issues, and the macaroni and cheese issues.”

Back during Super Prime Time for live-blogging.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.