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How did you find out you're a delegate? They haven't posted the results yet.

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 10:18 AM

Phone call. I assume most 43rd O delegates already know, but that may not be true of other LDs or even C delegates in the 43rd.

Posted by annie | April 7, 2008 10:25 AM

When did they call you?

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 10:27 AM

Last night. Did you run, too?

Posted by annie | April 7, 2008 10:31 AM

I did run, yes. Somehow, my investment of 7 hours on a Saturday seems less worthwhile now...

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 10:35 AM

Hahah! Sucker!

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 10:36 AM

To be honest, I do feel like a bit of a sucker. I stayed until the very end, politely listening to each of the 30-second speeches, and voting thoughtfully for those who came across as serious and committed Obama supporters, not just attention-getters.

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 10:41 AM

Congrats, Annie, I'm glad you're going to the next level, and can't wait to read your posts about Spokanvention. I'll be a delegate from the 43rds as well. (I'm the guy who yelled SAY HELLO TO ERICA after you gave your great Pro-Bama 30-second speech.)

Posted by Andy Delegate o' the Forty-Third | April 7, 2008 10:42 AM

Wait... you're already actively training for STP? Shit...

Posted by L | April 7, 2008 10:43 AM

Trey, I'm sorry you are disappointed and sorry you didn't make it to the next level. You are to be commended for sticking it out and for your informed voting. That kind of commitment deserves reward and is what is needed in a delegate.

Please don't let it sour you on the process, or dampen your enthusiasm for the candidate or for your candidate of choice.

Posted by Andy Delegate o' the Forty-Third | April 7, 2008 10:45 AM

* that should have been "for the CAMPAIGN or for your candidate of choice."

Posted by Andy Delegate o' the Forty-Third | April 7, 2008 10:47 AM

(then again may you just didnt get your phone call yet, Trey?)

Posted by Andy Delegate o' the Forty-Third | April 7, 2008 10:48 AM

Thanks, Andy. I wouldn't say this has soured me on the process and it certainly doesn't diminish my enthusiasm for Obama at all, but speaking of the process - and no slight to those who were selected by it is intended - but was this really the best feasible way to winnow it down? 30-second speeches and sign-making? After waiting an irksome 3 1/2 hours (!!!) just so that the party officials could count how many people had signed in?

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 10:52 AM

Congrats, Annie! Are you hoping for a spot in Denver?

I made the cut as well and will be representing the 43rd.

Posted by Emily Steed | April 7, 2008 11:13 AM

Congrats, Emily, Andy, and Annie!

My fave part was finding out my friend Tami got elected as a Clinton delegate and will be representing all the Lesbian Inuits ...

I think they posted the delegates and alternates for the 46th Dems on their website, and possibly the same is true for the 36th and 34th as well ... just do a google search for XXyy Democrats and see if it's your website.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 7, 2008 11:29 AM

Damn, I'm sorry, Trey. You (& tsm, & Fnarf, et al) have been stalwart, smart O guys on the Slog. If it's any consolation, I was a precinct delegate for Dean in 2004 and didn't make it past this point. There will be other years.

Congrats, Emily, and thanks for introducing yourself. I'm tentatively planning to run for one of the--what is it, 70% of 5?--coveted lady slots at the CD level, but it seems like a very long shot. Are you running?

Posted by annie | April 7, 2008 11:39 AM

most recently played something called Twoflower in an adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel

OMG, The Light Fantastic? I must find it.

Posted by K | April 7, 2008 11:52 AM

"My other car is a delegate slot."

Posted by elenchos | April 7, 2008 11:53 AM

Why, thanks, Annie! I didn't even know you had noticed...

Posted by Trey | April 7, 2008 12:01 PM

Trey: Ditto, me and the 30th. It burns me that probably 80% of the people who got selected weren't even there when the vote came down. I kicked myself later for not arguing that the alternates should be picked from among those that were still there, instead of a delegate-runners-up selection (everyone else just wanted to go home instead of, you know, stick it out properly to the end).

How can you claim to be a suitable delegate (or alternate) if you can't commit to being present for the whole process? Yes, it went way late. Yes, everyone should have expected that. (Assembly noobs!)

Two people took the time to write up flyers for their candidacy. Neither of us were picked.

Posted by K | April 7, 2008 12:02 PM

Annie, I think I am going to run. I know it's a long shot, but I'd love to go Denver. I expect that people with more influence in the party than me will be elected, but I'm going to give it a go.

Will The Stranger get press credentials for Denver?

Posted by Emily Steed | April 7, 2008 12:06 PM

Congrats Annie (and Andy and Emily).

Sadly no phone call for me.

Posted by gnossos | April 7, 2008 2:30 PM

twoflower is a character from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. i think the character is more asian so how sean astin fits that I don't know. still, the series is a fun read. in the vein of hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

Posted by Jiberish | April 7, 2008 2:58 PM

I didn't get a phone call so I guess I didn't get it. Not famous enough yet. Maybe next time.

I did enjoy the event though it was a lot like sitting in an airplane for a day. The beer afterwards tasted better than ever.

Posted by Gabe Global | April 7, 2008 5:03 PM

I didn't get it either but then again I didn't expect to -- in the 37th there were more than 200 people applyin to be an Obama delegate, and I am not nearly outgoing enough.

I was kind of thinking I had a shot at alternate, since so many people went home as the evening wore on. But then at the end everyone wanted to leave, so they just decided to take the next 19 vote-getters. Which was kind of annoying since many of those folks didn't stay around for 14 hours like I did... Anyway, I got some votes, but not enough, and I guess that's OK since I really need to write a thesis in the next few months anyway.

Posted by litlnemo | April 7, 2008 6:34 PM

Gratz! I voted for you, but since I work graves I decided not to pursue the Goths for Obama platform I was planning on...;)

I look forward to reading more from you on this.

Posted by DJ Eternal Darkness | April 8, 2008 4:50 AM

@23: I never got the impression Twoflower was Asian. More Middle American. Obsessing over knicknacks, always dragging huge luggage around (well...), wanting to rave about their fancy gadgets, always comparing everyplace they go to somewhere back home.

@25: As with Trey, I'm glad (sort of) that I'm not the only one that went through that same experience.

Posted by K | April 8, 2008 8:11 AM

I didn't receive a call but found out I was an alternate via email/this list:!F0FD5228BAE5C2DC!206.entry

I'm grateful to those who stuck around to hear everyone out, and to those who voted for me!

I tended to vote for those who'd been active volunteers for Obama and/or progressive activists in their communities. It's disappointing to see that some of my favorites didn't make it through, like Anita Sena-Johnson, a Latina activist who put out an informative flyer about her work to improve education for immigrant and refugee children. I'd like to see the voting process improve next time, and make use of the internet to allow us to find out more about the candidates ahead of time. I'm sure we could organize to help any precinct delegates without net access gain it for this.

Congrats to Annie! I voted for you, and look forward to seeing you in Spokane.

Posted by alternate | April 8, 2008 11:54 AM

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