This is the ninth in a series of posts by Anne Holmquest, a professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Holmquest is expressing her views as a private citizen and her views are her own, not the views of the Board of Regents or of Northern State University.
The value of being there
By Anne Holmquest, guest blogger
When this blog started, I predicted that the DNC would have the feel of a week-long TV ad just like the RNC and that it would feature mocking and attacking just like the RNC. I was right. This unifies parties, but it doesn’t speak to former President Clinton’s line last night that “Together we can do anything.” Instead of Republicans and Democrats talking ABOUT each other, I want us to talk TO each other. As Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Heuther said, “It is the chance of a lifetime to get to attend the DNC; It’s like going to the Superbowl.” So here’s my idea. Instead of meeting separately, let’s meet together, Republicans and Democrats, for New Orleans Superdome I in 2016.
Since it’s the last day, I asked the South Dakota delegation:
What is something you learned or saw in person at the convention that you could not have learned or seen by watching it on TV?
Here are their answers:
Rebekah Cradduck: “I think it is the actual electricity in the room. Plus we get to see all the floor speeches not just the prime time ones.”
Deb Knecht: “I think the thing you can’t experience when watching the convention on tv is the excitement and the electricity you feel from being with the delegates. It is such a privilege to live a part of history.”
Holly Knox-Perli: “The vibe/atmosphere here…. I think pundits are wrong when they say ‘Obama needs to re-energize his base’ or something similar. The excitement is evident, it is contagious, and it is strong! If we wouldn’t be such “in the closet” Democrats and would speak facts more willingly, that energy would spread.”
Heather Knox: “The sense of excitement and enthusiasm about the Democratic party, our platform, and our President’s reelection is decidedly tangible. Conversations are struck between strangers in every caucus and every shuttle ride, and we all have our love for the Democratic party’s ideals in common. The way we unite rather than divide amongst ourselves is wonderful and real. These things would never have come through on TV or in an Internet video.”