Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.
NOTES FROM THE FLOOR….In no particular order, here are some random Convention observations: Michael Moore groupies are still everywhere, blocking every escalator, hallway, or entrance the man approaches and moving with him, sort of like the cloud of dust that surrounds Pigpen at all times. He’s “edgy” and that qualifies as cool here. Also qualifying… Read more »
PREACHER IN CHIEF….Faith and values have become buzzwords of the Kerry-Edwards campaign as of late, but until about 10pm on Monday night, you didn’t hear a peep about them. Not from Gore — whose lone foray into religion-speak in 2000 was to comment somewhat stiffly that he often asks himself, “What Would Jesus Do?” Not… Read more »
FORMER MAYORS-TURNED TV HOSTS AND THE EX-PRESIDENTS THEY LOVE….Although I didn’t see television coverage of the speeches last night, I have no doubt that during the inevitable vamping that takes place, the cameras focused in on Jerry Springer working the floor and commentators reminded the home viewers that Springer used to have quite a political… Read more »
AMERICA’S PAST AND FUTURE….It has surely not escaped the attention of every other political commentator that while the signs held by delegates inside the Fleet Center this evening read “America’s Future,” the stars on display are very much associated with America’s Recent Past. Al Gore took the stage to what can only be described as… Read more »
UNINTENTIONAL HUMOR….On the schedule listing the speaker line-up for this evening, the entry for “Terry McAuliffe” was followed by the listing “Gavel to Order” before the entry for “Bill Richardson.” It turns out that the gaveling is part of Richardson’s official duties as the chair of the Convention. But it amused this correspondent to think… Read more »