I came into town and immediate fell asleep. I had driven all night from Dallas to Denver and badly need the rest. After about 3 hours, I woke up, called my wife to check in, and then called fellow Capital Hill member Papau.
Papau was over at the PUMApac headquarters, so I got directions and headed on over.
WOW… media everywhere, delegates stopping in, and the blogger station full of 6 people typing away. It was a buzz of activity.
I met a bunch of wonderful people and lots of bloggers that I know and respect dearly. I was also thrilled to hear people liked my blog… I was shocked and humbled that people even knew who I was. It was very nice.
Darragh was fantastic. She came up to me and introduced herself, we talked for a bit, and became buddies quickly.
I headed over the the PUMAhomestead with Darragh Murphy, Sheri Tag, MarylandPUMA, LadyBoomerNYC, and Darragh Mom (aka Mamma PUMA).
We talked lots, blogged and got ready for the shindig and the unveiling of the Brad Mays movie, the Audacity of Democracy.
The party started at 8, by 7:15 there were 5 media vans there unloading cameras and a variety of reporters getting out of their cars.
The party was off into full swing, there was a coctail bar and catered food… all excellent btw… and the reporters just floated thru the crowd talking to a variety of people. There were tons of them.
I got interviewed by AP, CNN, Le Monde, and a Japanese news paper… and I am supposed to give a phone interview with a reporter tomorrow morning. I saw she was holding a piece of paper with FT on it, so maybe Financial Times? I dunno.
The one reporter that did not seem interested in talking to me at all was the guy from the Fort Worth Star Telegram… basically, my local paper! Weird, right? I talked with a reporter from France for 30 minutes, but the one from home wanted nothing to do with me and was actually kinda rude about it? ROFL.
Regardless, the interviews went well, stayed on message… explained that it was not about candidates or platforms, it was about the process… the breaking of the rules, the changing of votes, the caucus fraud, etc etc….
I listened to Diane Mantouvalous, Will Bower, and Darragh Murphy give interviews as well, and they said much the same thing. I was thrilled with that because the message is getting tightened up and more clearly stated.
The most shocking part of it is that the reporters were really responsive to what we were saying and that the puma narritive has really changed from the “bitter old women” meme to one of understanding… of hey, ok, we are starting to get it now… and oh, wow, ok your segment of the party could very well make or break this election cycle. You people are for real.
My honest guess is that when Obama passed over Hillary as the VP, and it came out that he had not even vetted her or discussed the selection with her and then made the announcement by sending out a 3AM text message… I think that the reporters and the media realized that it was not us that split the party, that the Obama campaign has been treating Hillary disrespectfully and by proxy the 18 million people that voted for her.
I think they are also starting to actually listen to us and why we are angry. It is not the candidates, its how it was run.
It has been a wonderful change in the story. It looks as if the media is turning around!
There is so much more coming up and I am looking forward to tomorrow!!!
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