Bloggers and Protests and Delegates, Oh My!August 28, 2008
Yesterday afternoon I had a chance to check out the Big Tent — a net-roots Disneyland. The venue, sponsored by Digg, Google, DailyKos, and others, is a blogger’s oasis in the Mile High City. For the lucky few given an all-access pass, programming and interviews were theirs for the asking. Here, bloggers are not treated as “other” versus traditional reporters. In the Big Tent, bloggers rule.
I attended a program on the importance of the Supreme Court with good AAUW friend Lilly Ledbetter, who knows firsthand the role the court can play in our everyday lives. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) was on hand to lend his support as well.
As I left, about a thousand protestors of various political stripes had crowded the pedestrian mall, shutting down the buses. Anti-war, MADD, pro-life and pro-choice groups, and some less than serious ones as well. One group was AAUW friend MomsRising, whose members were picketing with baby clothes for better wages, flex time, childcare, maternity leave, and other issues.
Lastly, we got word that Sen. Hillary Clinton had released her delegates, allowing them to vote for Sen. Obama at tonight’s roll call if they wish. She did not, however, direct them to — lending some drama to the often pro-forma nomination roll call.