Texas Democrats in convention, 2010, Corpus Christi

July 1, 2010

Texas Democrats convention in Corpus Christi, June 26, 2010 - photo by Ed Darrell

Texas Democrats convention in Corpus Christi, June 26, 2010 - photo by Ed Darrell - Click picture for a larger view

Even with all the other wonderful distractions at political conventions — speeches, caucuses, t-shirts, posters and bumpersticker sales, great parties, and old friends — people watching is a key activity.  Democratic conventions are a lot more fun than Republican conventions, in my opinion, solely for the diversity of people who show up as delegates.

This is a panoramic shot from my seat in the 23rd Senatorial District Delegation, during a break to count delegate votes on some issue in the morning. In the afternoon, Jack’s Lounge (the bright blue room opening in the upper left) filled up with delegates cheering the U.S. against Ghana in the World Cup, and TCU against UCLA in the College World Series.  Click the picture for a larger view.

Are you in this picture somewhere?

Texas Democratic Convention, Saturday, July 26, 2010 - floor shot - photo by Ed Darrell

Texas Democratic Convention, Saturday, July 26, 2010, a shot from the floor - photo by Ed Darrell

Ed Brayton on the unbearable lightness of anti-Obama thought

July 1, 2010

This is why I like Ed Brayton’s blog, and why you should be reading him with some regularity: his ability to distinguish dross from gold, sometimes even without turning on his solid gold Hemingway s— detector.

Today’s example comes from Brayton’s Dumb[burro] Quote of the Day feature:

From Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum:

“Obama is detached from the American experience. He just doesn’t identify with the average American because of his own background. Indonesia and Hawaii. His view is from the viewpoint of academics and the halls of the Ivy league schools that he went to and it’s not a love of this country and an understanding of the basic values and wants and desires of its people.”

Isn’t that amazing? He’s unable to understand “the American experience” both because of his humble upbringing and because of his elite Ivy League education.

That leaves completely unexplained Rick Santorum’s detachment from the American experience, and detachment from reality.

One non-explanation at a time, I suppose.

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