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Where the Elderly Roam
After going to the Frank Church Banquet on Saturday night (thank you everyone), I have a few comments (of course, right?).
Where are all the young people and when did the cryptkeeper and his minions become the entirety of the Democratic Party?
Yes, I know I'm a bit overboard with that, quite the exaggeration, but in some ways I'm serious. Where were the interns, the assistants, the upcoming family members of prominent Democrats? Where were the heir apparents?
Because while those that actually showed up with some energy on Saturday were rambunctious and apparently energized, there were way too many there that looked like they should be at home in bed before the sun went down.
Which led to a couple interesting conversations that some of us will be fleshing out over the next month or two and hopefully coming up with some new plans for this party's future. We need to get the youth interested enough to know and wecome the Democratic party's past and interested in building themselves and others into a future that we can also celebrate.
Now some of my more specific observations: Roark isn't a personality. He needs to stay away from the banquets and public faces of the Democratic party. He may be savvy, crafty, intelligent and ready to lead, but he's not very charismatic, I'm afraid.
Quanah Spencer of the Coeur D'Alene tribe was an incredible man, filled with energy and purpose. I look forward to his continued involvement with the Democratic party. Maybe some of you that are up north and familiar with him can give us more information.
Amy Wynn... I don't know what to say. She appears genuine, honest, and totally unaware of what her future will look like. Someone seems to have built her up, told her that she is invincible and said to go run for Governor. For the party to treat her as the golden girl, the woman of the moment and ignore the other Democratic candidates for Governor? Well, I think you'll be hearing more about that soon enough.
Walt Minnick..... I tried man, I really tried to see the good in your speech, I tried my hardest to actually listen, but either you said absolutely nothing or I slipped into a temporary coma at the sound of your voice and the laughter of the crowd at your seemingly unaware personality. I sure hope you hire some really really good campaign people.
The Larry's? They were polished and ready for the night. They played their parts and exited the stage gracefully.
Kos was Kos. He entertained, he energized, he only slightly chastised the Democrats and he played with a few humorous Republican issues. A plan didn't issue forth from his lips, he didn't call up 20 demons from the pits of the intertubes and he never ate a baby.
The rest was an uninteresting blur. But good job on the salmon dinner, whoever organized that did very well.