The Terrapin Times

Saturday, July 23, 2005

From the CDNC

I had the pleasure of attending parts of the College Democrats National Convention in the nation's capital this week. I'm serious that it was a pleasure ... it was an interesting experience to say the least.

You've got to give credit to the young Democrats for getting some big names to show up at their relatively small convention. Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat, DNC chairman Howard Dean and, via video message, Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat.

But I observed an interesting contrast. While Dean was making his second speech of the day (this one closed to the press and most conference attendees), surrounded by bodyguards and handlers, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe was standing around the lobby with one student.

The poor man looked confused and a little annoyed by the lack of attention he was getting. And I felt kind of bad for him.

I wondered if the College Republicans treat Ed Gillespie the same way. I doubt it, because Gillespie did a good job while chairman of the RNC ... McAuliffe not so much.

For more on what Clinton and Dean say, read the Washington Times article.


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