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A few notes on the coverage....

I really miss seeing the full roll-call. It's political kitsch at its finest. Each state doing it's little schtick and trying to top the others, with it's nicknames, state accomplishments, and how it's proud and honored to give its "fill in number of votes" to the next President of the United States, etc etc.

I know it takes forever and there hasn't been any actual suspense about either party's nominee since (maybe) the 50's. There's no way modern viewers would ever be able to sit still for the whole thing. I assume they showed it all on C-SPAN (YAY C-SPAN, I Love you Brian Lamb!), so presumably I COULD have watched it all, but I was glued to MSNBC who ONLY showed Hawaii and Ohio. Hawaii as the place where Barack Obama was really, most sincerely born and OHIO for putting him over the top.

Even though I LOVE MSNBC, I'm still sort of nostalgic for the political conventions of my childhood. Gavel to Gavel coverage on all three networks (yes, only three plus PBS, who also did gavel to gavel), including ALL the day sessions, which used to piss off the entertainment divisions at the networks because the soap operas got pre-empted.

Of course, I missed seeing Keith Olbermann. Rachel did an awesome job and it was nice to see her keeping everyone in line, but DAMN IT, part of what made 2008 so great was Keith and Rachel et al.

I know, call the Waaaaahhhmbulance. I just like things the way I like them. If I can't have David Brinkley and John Chancellor (I'm a little young to have actually seen Huntley/Brinkley) I at least want my Keith and Rachel. *pouts*

It was great hearing "Don't Stop," but it also makes me sad that we'll probably never hear "Happy Days Are Here Again" at a Democratic National Convention. Or see awesome straw boaters. I also hear there might not be a balloon drop. I want a balloon drop. *more pouting*

While I'm feeling this cranky and obviously showing myself for the alter kocker that I am, I will at least point out that a gentleman greeted me while I was on my bike this morning by saying, "hello, young lady," which was odd, since he probably couldn't see much of my face with my bike helmet and sunglasses and I'm fairly sure he was ten years younger than me.


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Sep. 6th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
I watched Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton on 13. Minimum of fill-the-air stupid punditry that way.
Sep. 6th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Good old PBS. That's the way I did it for a few years, but my ultra-partisan soul now feels happier over with Rachel, Chris et al. :)
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
I want a balloon drop. It's a shame that they seem to have gone out of fashion. I remember they would have them for the New Year's Eve editions of The Generation Game, and my infant-school-age eyes must have been out on stalks cos I'd never seen so many balloons all together before.
Sep. 6th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! Still hoping for a balloon drop. Maybe they can have one now that the speech is moving indoors. I think it might not be cool to do it outdoors for environmental reasons.
Sep. 6th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I don't have tv, so I was watching one of the live streams online and I ended up staying up well past the time I should have just so I could see the full roll call. It was my favorite part, honestly. I, of course, LOVED Elizabeth Warren's speech and Bill Clinton's speech immensely. But the roll call was so kitschy. And affirming! I was so proud to see and hear all the Native American delegates present, and the rightfully proud female, Arab, Muslim delegate who announced the votes for Minnesota (I believe it was Minnesota?). The diversity of the group of delegates was just SO inspiring!

Edited at 2012-09-06 08:21 pm (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
It's the less disgusting side of politics in all its glory. Might have been Michigan as well. BIG Muslim population in Dearborn.
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