An Oakland Clintonite at the convention

Oakland attorney Meredith Brown, the Democratic National Convention delegate whom I quoted last week as hoping Hillary Clinton would be Barack Obama‘s vice presidential pick, is now in Denver and sent me some early observations a few minutes ago: “Hillary supporters at the convention are concerned that the Republican Party is interpreting strident support for Clinton as a rejection of Obama. Many women are recounting experiences with reporters questioning their proud display of the Hillary tee shirts that they have worn for the last 8 months.”

Her full report, after the jump…

“The overriding message here is a focus on unity and national issues. Nancy Pelosi spoke at the California Delegation Breakfast and she called for unity to promote the election of a pro-choice democrat to the White House that will ensure our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil; support investment in public education; support fair wages; and support universal health care. Speaker Pelosi received loud applause from a packed room of Clinton and Obama delegates as she reminded us that McCain supports tax cuts for the wealthy and Obama supports democratic principles. Senator Dean Florez brought home this sentiment as he told the delegation breakfast that the next president will have the opportunity to appoint four Supreme Court justices. As Senator Florez spoke, the delegation rose to their feet and chanted “we are one” over and over, louder each time. Hillary supporters at the convention are concerned that the Republican Party is interpreting strident support for Clinton as a rejection of Obama. Many women are recounting experiences with reporters questioning their proud display of the Hillary tee shirts that they have worn for the last 8 months. Our newly elected Bay Area legislator Nancy Skinner mentioned an impromptu unity briefing that she had given at the airport to a few Hillary supporters, that had been shocked and caught unaware of the media buzz. Everyone is talking about the buzz that is being circulated outside of the convention halls.

“But, on the inside, UNITY is the word on everyone’s lips. Last evening at the Celebration of Civil Rights, we heard from Jessie Jackson Jr. that the 14th Amendment was born from the American Civil Rights struggle and with its passage, the boats of all American’s had risen. Nancy Zirkin, Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Civil Rights, celebrated the nomination of an African American Man as the presidential nominee for a major American Political Party. At the same time, she celebrated Barack Obama’s historic candidacy as a triumph of the Civil Rights struggle, she emphasized the importance of this moment because for the first time ever, the two primary Democratic presidential candidates were a woman and an African American man. The executive director of the National Voting Rights Museum thanked the Clinton Foundation for providing critically needed support recently when the museum needed emergency funds to gut its present location, and reconstruct the 150 year old structure. Next door, at the reception hosted by State Senator Alex Padilla, Clinton and Obama supporters sipped wine and planned their strategies for local and national races. City Councilwoman Michelle Martinez, a 26-year-old Latina, spoke humbly with California State Party VP Alexandra Rooker and Mickey Ibarra, former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President Bill Clinton, and other California democrats about her historic struggles as a grass roots candidate for City Council and now for Mayor of Santa Ana in Southern California. It was business as usual at an unusual political convention where barriers are being broken on a local and national level by people that want change so earnestly, they are making change happen.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Terry m. Barber

    Some in Clinton circle ‘outraged…. Why give a bigoted lying double talker second chair so she can up stage you.

    Doesn’t this say a lot about the person and what she stands for. Obama heard her comments and judged her incompetent, the only person she thinks of is herself. Either way the smell in the air is not a skunk.

    It’s politics plane and simple.

  • Terry m. Barber

    [August 9, 2008 12:05 AM]
    Terry B

    Billary can’t say nothing with her husband adulterous affairs and a possible child with a black woman in the late 80’s.

    Just play nincompoop.

  • Terry m. Barber


    Sleaze. Pure sleaze. Count me as one who believes character and family values do matter.

    For those who say it is not anyone’s business what politicians do in their private lives: Ok, even if we overlook or “forgive” the marital infidelity and the cruelty involved, can we honestly look the other way when it comes to such a callous lack of judgment — especially in someone seeking to become a world leader? With 24-7 news and cameras everywhere, fear of getting caught and the inevitable publicity never sink in? The epidemic stupidity is beyond belief. Call me jaded, but who’s next?

  • Terry m. Barber

    Hillary is a manipulating liar at best, as a Black man I find calling her and Bill the first Black President and Lady as a despicable charade of ignorant racism on both Blacks and Whites.

    Her politics are even far off base.

    1) Why should I surrender a one time 15% of my 401K Plan to those whom chose to party instead of save for the future.

    2) Socialize Medicine through out European Countries spend 55% of there income to support it were we will have to pay nearly 65%.

    3) On November 12, 1999, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. One impact of this repeal is that certain advisory activities of the banks are now regulated by the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

    5) Sudan’s offer to the U.S. Bin Laden’s for extradition which remained on the table for at least a month, and was reiterated by Sudanese officials who traveled to Washington as late as March 10, 1996.

    Had Bill Clinton paid attention to National Security instead of his “libido” one could only wonder would the World Trade Center would still be standing, and over 4,000 people would have died needlessly.

  • Scaled Dog

    Terry Barber shoot off his or her mouth a great deal. Terry should get a job or at least one where he or she has to work for a living. Terry you must have a great deal of time on your hands. Repeal of regulation caused the problem we are in now. Get a grip oh you do on someones money other than your own.