Somewhere in hell, a snowball refuses to melt.
RoZ and I are going to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Not as protesters, but as an official delegate and his staff. We’ll have credentials, badges and everything.
My job will be to vote for Bernie Sanders on the convention floor. More than that, I must channel the passion and energy of the Bernie supporters who elected me.
I know the convention is much more than the festivities that we all see on TV. I anticipate a busy schedule of workshops, how-to presentations, and caucuses for every political niche. I will seize every opportunity to bend the arc of history, whether it be in personal conversation or in public meetings. And I anticipate learning a lot from this unique experience.
Every time I’m overwhelmed by the privilege of such an experience, I feel compelled to share it with others. So as time permits, I will report on my convention experience. That doesn’t mean I will report on the “news of the day.” After all, you can get that anywhere. This is a look behind the scenes at the convention as experienced by one Bernie delegate from Wisconsin.
Learning how the process works, and what to expect if elected.
Correcting some inaccurate information about Philadelphia from last night's meeting, and sharing some of our own experience from two years living there.
A festive gathering of many local die-hard Bernie supporters.
A win in Wisconsin means more Bernie delegates at each level of delegate-selection caucuses.
We select representatives to go to the next caucus.
Pondering the delegate count of other counties, and the number of other people running for four delegate positions. Is there a chance?
Why I am the right person to represent my district as a Bernie delegate.
Making new friends from around the district while being selected to represent them.
Preparing to Go to Philadelphia
As a newly elected delegate, I had a lot of new tasks on my plate.
Embarking on arguably the most unpleasant task in politics: groveling for money.
Contact from the delegate wrangler for the state party, and filling out a form for getting certified.
Meeting the Bernie Democrat challenging Ron Kind in the primary, and a conversation with a Hillary delegate.
Meeting our contacts with the Wisconsin Democratic Party and the Bernie campaign.
So much happening, it's been hard to keep up here. And it's soon going to get even harder.
Our Philadelphia decompression ends, and our convention experience begins.
A report from the Wisconsin delegation breakfast, including a truncated report on the contents of the swag bags.
Adventures in getting from downtown Philadelphia to the Convention.
A description of the madness inside the arena.
A recap of some of the madness from inside the convention arena on Monday.
For Tuesday's delegation breakfast, we got to hear four senators, including Bernie Sanders.
Reporting on early activities on the convention floor Tuesday, including the roll call and the walk-out of some of my fellow delegates.
Sticking around for Bill Clinton and getting "home" afterwards
A report on this morning's delegation breakfast, where Ron Kind gets confronted over his support of the TPP.
Recovering from sleep deprivation, and an interesting conversation on the bus en route to the convention.
Wednesday's convention events, and some behind-the-scenes observations that teevee watchers may miss.
A report on Thursday's breakfast, and a meeting held afterward.
An adrenaline-fueled report on Thursday nite's action.
Some slanderous comments about one of my fellow delegates are appearing on social media, so I must debunk.
Even though Bernie did not win the nomination, we won a great deal in the process. Now we must work with the Hillary people the way we would want them to work with US should the roles be reversed.
In the convention hall at the DNC there seemed to be more cameras than delegates. I'm just now discovering that the cameras were often pointed at ME.