From the Floor: On Camera and Online
Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the District's Democratic Party. He will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver.
Jeffrey D. Richardson: Hello Washingtonpost.com readers. This is Jeffrey D. Richardson blogging live and taking questions from Denver.
Maryland: Mr. Richardson, I heard Eleanor Holmes Norton's speech from my car radio and I really was taken aback. All the other speakers I've heard talked about the future direction of the U.S. and why peopple should vote for Barack Obama. She talked about nothing except voting rights for the District itself, and to my ear her emotional effect sounded unattractive and manipulative. And I support voting rights for the District! Maybe I turned on the radio too late -- did I miss anything in the earlier part of her speech?
Jeffrey D. Richardson: To be honest, as Vice Chair of the Party I spent yesterday working very hard to get DC residents who are here in Denver into the hall to see Eleanor Holmes Norton's speech and missed the beginning. What I can say is that the District has very few opportunities to discuss our lack of representation on a national stage that we must seize the opportunity when it arrives and with a short amount of time to make your case, sometimes other things get cut. Eleanor definitly made the District her priority for this speech and for that we should thank her.
Fairfax County, Va.: I'm curious about the generational reactions to some of Monday and Tuesday night. Some of you three are too young to have followed Ted Kennedy's earlier career -- or certainly President Kennedy's. Do you think the Kennedy speech felt different for you than for the older delegates? To take the opposite example, did Mark Warner connect more with the under-45 post-Boomer delegates with his focus on the economic race for the future, hybrids, broadband for rural towns, etc.? Or is age irrelevant to how people are reacting? Please enlighten us!
Jeffrey D. Richardson: I do think that my reaction to Senator Kennedy's speech is definitly different than some older members of my delegation, but I can say that the energy in the hall and the overall love and respect for Senator Kennedy from the Democratic Party as a whole, definitly came through. I may not have had the direct knowledge of President Kennedy and Senator Kennedy's early career, but I was moved.
Chrisi West: I'm sure it probably felt different for the younger delegates, but only because we didn't experience these issues first-hand. Watching the video of Senator Kennedy's life, I was moved to tears, even though I wasn't a part of that age in history. I think our generation is probably a little more idealistic than past generations, so perhaps we appreciate Sen. Kennedy's contributions in a different light now.
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August 27, 2008; 12:45 PM ET
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