- (This should really be #9, continuing from a previous post, but I don't know how to hack the HTML to start the OL at 9.) I was among many attendees who got to shake Dr. Cornel West's hand. As I mentioned before, Kayleen got a hug from the man.
- I also got to shake the hand of presidential candidate Darryl Cherney, the Earth First! activist. I told him that he was at the first Green Party meeting I had attended, once it was officially formed in Harris County, and he remembered being there at the Montrose Library in January 2000. Cheney graced the gathering with some guitar-playing and singing at the Friday evening talent show/fundraiser, but I was busy with other stuff and missed it.
- Almost all the speakers in the Saturday morning session, including presidential and other candidates, were allowed five minutes to address the crowd. According to some sources, candidate Dr. Bill Kreml (website officially discontinued) didn't think that was enough, as if he would be coming all the way to Houston to give a five-minute speech. He was missed. Even Darryl Cherney, who made it clear from the beginning that his presidential campaign would involve no travel, came to Houston in August to hang out with a few hundred comrades.
- As long as we're dropping the names of presidential candidates, I got to drive Kent Mesplay on the golf cart between the University Center and the Moody Towers refectory.
- SKCM Curry took more than her five minutes, as everyone knew she would, but then plenty of others went a little over time. If she made good on her pledge to challenge the nomination on procedural grounds, which she made on RT's Watching the Hawks, I didn't see it, and it wasn't successful.
- Plenty of attendees were in thrall at the appearance Saturday morning of Julian Assange via video conference, with 2004 nominee David Cobb feeding him questions. (Sorry, can't find a link to the video.) I was serving as an usher, limiting access to the second-floor entrance to the theater, which the convention planners had designated the media entrance. What little I saw of it via livestream seemed a little dry and not at all compelling. But Assange took on the mantle of a prophet in his warning that the Clinton campaign's attacks on Jill Stein and the Greens would soon go "through the roof" on all media fronts, because the DNC is scared shitless of the Greens turning into a viable progressive force. The DNC is also scared shitless of progressives within the Democratic Party, as they have demonstrated repeatedly.
Conventional wisdom states that a politician's site should focus on the campaign. I can focus with the best of them, but I choose not to.