I’ve been avoiding writing this post because I just don’t know how I feel about it. There are a couple of issues. Let me just tell you part of the story.
As I left Denver for the last time, just blocks from the PUMA Den on my way to Littleton, where I was staying, I got stopped by a middle aged black woman who saw my Hillary shirt and asked me what we were going to do. In the course of the conversation, the woman revealed herself to be a delegate (I won’t name the state to protect her identity) and she gave me her copy of the delegate schedule. The schedule is a list of all of the events and parties, and, stupidly enough, the people paying for many of them. You won’t believe how many times AT&T is listed when you see it. FISA anyone?
That’s all good and well, but it’s not the entire story. She also insisted that “Hillary had to do it!” She kept insisting on that. When I asked her what she meant by “it,” she told me a wild tale involving the murder of Gwatney, and the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and how Hillary Clinton was afraid for Chelsea’s life, which is why she gave the speech and agreed to the convention stunt. Now, this is where I’ve been avoiding posting this. Because it sounds crazy. And I don’t actually believe it. I found the deaths suspicious, especially Gwatney’s, I admit that, but at the end of the day, I know it’s only improbable suspicion. I know I’m prone to it, just like everyone else in this nation is after 8 years of this administration.
At the same time, I felt I had to tell the story for a couple of reasons. For one, I love a wacky tale, I really do. The wackier the better. That’s why I love Weeds. Every time Nancy and her crew end another show, I’m asking myself, “Now how are they gonna get out of that?” And this experience really did seem Twilight Zone weird. Also, I felt I could hardly use her info without at least reporting on her too. But I do want to make it clear that I’m just reporting what she said, and I lend her no credibility in doing so.
Aside: I also got interviewed for a documentary right after that. The guy seemed pretty nice, but I guess we’ll find out when the documentary, currently called Carlson Hanks Learns to Vote, comes out. He said he’d e-mail me when it did. I’ll post here as soon as I know. I think I made a good case for PUMA, for not being able to vote for Obama, and how and why PUMAs don’t resent anyone else for voting how they want. That was one of the questions, how I felt about black voters and young voters and their passion this year, etc. I wish I had thought of it at the time, because he was getting a little bit into persuasive territory, but I should have pointed out that appeals to popularity are logical fallacies.
Anyway, back to that document, I’ve looked at it, and it’s pretty interesting. It’s not top secret or anything, but it was meant for delegates only, as I understand it. The first few pages are missing, so it starts off with Tuesday night. I’ve highlighted a few things that I thought were interesting, like the multiple parties for the New Democratic Coalition (yes, they celebrated kicking people like me out), and several of the corporate party sponsors, as well as the part that shows that Nancy Pelosi was at a tea party until just before she stepped on the stage after the roll call vote. The thing was so choreographed she didn’t even have to show up at her own Convention for the roll call, even though she was the presiding officer, and had to call it. She just waited until it was time for her to pull her yea and nay maneuver. This was a coup, people, an internal, bloodless coup. Beyond that, I don’t know yet of what value this document might be, but I’m posting it here in case any of you want to take a look for yourself. It’s a shame we didn’t have this document early on. We could have organized our protests more effectively.