2008 Denver Done
posted by August 28 at 14:57 PMon
Obama? In the way Bill Clinton effectively shutdown the welfare system, he has effectively shutdown the radical left. The march by the Iraq War veterans ended peacefully (members of Obama’s team came out of the Pepsi Center and registered the vet’s petition—end the war now, benefits for all war vets, pay the Iraq people for the damage done to their country). Not one of the other protests ended as not a complete flop. Recreate 68 was a total joke—none of the leftist organizations cared for it and its name—“Who wants to recreate 68? That makes no sense; we live in today,” said a local leader of Greenpeace. (Even Chuck D, the father of radical rap, wanted nothing to do with this Recreate 68 business.)
The small and large events for the DNC were always crowded and joyful. Their party is united by the black face on the cover of Time Magazine. The new reality for all on the left: If your agenda can’t find away into the party’s logic, you are not only outside of the political system, you just don’t exist. No one knows this (no one bothered to report it), but last night Ralph Nader had a “Super Rally” at the University of Denver. I, like everyone else in this town, missed it and the opportunity of seeing Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. If the first Iraq War was supposed to cure America of the Vietnam Syndrome, Obama has certainly cured the Democrats of the Nader Syndrome.
What’s left? Joining the party, supporting the new man, and hoping for the best.
As for RZA, it was wonderful staring at you the other night. As for Susan Sarandon, sorry about my shoulder bumping into yours the other night. As for Paul Miller, sorry I missed your book signing at Tattered Cover Book Store (I wanted to thank you for always letting me crash at your frequently empty Tribeca pad). As for Boots Riley of the Coup, let’s meet again and have a real conversation.