I predict that I will be putting these comments online at about one o'clock in the afternoon, Philadelphia time - or at about 10:00 o'clock in the morning in California. Delegates have to board busses at about 2:00 p.m., to get to the Wells Fargo Center, and then to get through security, to be in the Convention Hall for the 4:00 p.m. opening gavel. That means my "coverage" of the Convention will always be coming out with about a day's delay. Today, Tuesday, I'll be reporting on this morning's California Democratic Party Breakfast, and what happened yesterday evening at the Convention. For a report on today's Convention events (which will include a scheduled roll call of all the Delegates, on a state by state basis) you will have to tune in tomorrow - or tune in to your television.
BREAKFAST WITH BERNIE
Bernie Sanders made an unscheduled appearance at the California Breakfast this morning. The California Delegation (the nation's largest, of course) is housed at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. Speaking today at the breakfast were lots of impressive people. Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken spoke. Both were great. Franken also spoke to the entire Convention last night, along with comedian Sarah Silverman, a Bernie backer who told chanting Bernie Delegates, who were objecting to positive references to Hillary Clinton, that they were being "ridiculous." California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris spoke this morning, and so did Tom Steyer, the billionaire backer of NextGen Climate Action. Congress Member Keith Ellison, a Bernie backer, was also a speaker at the breakfast, and since he is from Minnesota, too, we had quite a "Minnesota Morning," with a little of the Old South thrown in with the appearance of civil rights hero John Lewis, a Congress Member from Georgia.
Most of the remarks of these breakfast speakers focused on the need for Democrats to get behind Hillary Clinton, so the Party could be "Stronger Together," one of the official slogans decided upon, clearly, by the Party's inside leadership, since that phrase appeared not only on signs waved by the delegates for the camera, but in the speeches of almost every speaker at the Convention last night.
As I will explain a bit later, it appeared at the Convention last night that California Delegates for Bernie Sanders were at the epicenter of anti-Hillary objections. Bernie came to the California breakfast (again, on an unscheduled basis) to try to calm the roiling waters. As he had at the Convention, he gave a wonderful speech, and ended up with a call for a unified anti-Trump effort under the banner of Hillary Clinton. It's not clear how successful he was in convincing his California delegates. As at the meeting Bernie called of all his 1,900 delegates yesterday (a meeting held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, right next door to the Marriott, and a meeting which I attended), Bernie got booed by his own delegates when he said we should all support Hillary. Same thing, on a smaller scale, this morning. They are not exactly high-definition, but above, and immediately below, are photos which give you at least a sense of the scene at the "California Democratic Breakfast Club."
In terms of pictures, here is one from Sunday. I got to take part in the March for a Clean Energy (anti-fracking) Revolution. I'd bet 10,000 or more people were marching in the Philadelphia streets, including yours truly. That's inspiring, too!