Video: Dean, Daley, Blagojevich, Burner, Bruner, and Jackson

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Cross-posted at DailyKos

The main event for the 3 day-long DNC Meeting in Chicago was Saturday's General Session.  The General Session brings together the full membership of the DNC to conduct the official business of the Democratic National Committee.

The officers of the Democratic National Committee during the General Session in Chicago.

Below, you'll find the play-by-play, here are the important links:

Here is a nice summary of the 2008 Rules:

Here is information on 13 Resolutions Passed:

Here are the individual videos:

Governor Dean:
Part 1:
Part 2:

Darcy Burner's Full Speech:

Jennifer Bruner's Full Speech:

Governor Blagojevich:
Part 1:
Part 2:

Jesse Jackson - Clips of Speech:

Mayor Richard Daley

On the 50-State Strategy & The Democratic Reunion:

A montage of Democratic Ads:

Governor Dean speaks with DNC Finance Chair Phil Murphy before the meeting begins.

Governor Dean gets ready to bring the meeting to order.

Governor Dean brought the meeting to order shortly after 10 a.m. and things got underway.  

There was a presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Alligence.  Then, after it was determined a quorum was present, Governor Dean turned things over to Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, who welcomed Democrats to Chicago.  You can watch Mayor Daley's speech here.

After Mayor Daley spoke, we watched a video montage on the most recent national organizing event, The Democratic Reunion.  You can watch that video, here.

Governor Dean then took to the stage.  His speech focused on how important it is that we work together to move America in a new direction.  You can view Part I of his speech, hereand Part II, here.

Following Governor Dean, we heard from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  He gave us a sneak preview when I caught up with him Friday evening, but his full speech was pretty terrific.  You can watch it here, and the conclusion, here.

After all these speeches, it was time to get down to business.  It was at this point that the DNC voted for the changes in the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules.

While still preserving the first in the nation status of the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, the DNC opened the primary process up to two additional states, Nevada and South Carolina.

We believe this will better reflect the rich diversity of our Party. And, in addition to adding regional diversity to the process, we'll open up a dialogue that will engage a broader range of people to talk about a wider variety of issues. This will enable the Democratic Party to choose the strongest candidate to be our Presidential nominee.

Following this historic Rules vote, it was back to the speakers.  Congressional Candidate Darcy Burner and Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Jennifer Bruner were up next.  They both gave fantastic speeches.

Darcy Burner and Jennifer Bruner

Darcy spoke passionately about the importance of taking back the House this November.  By entwining her personal story with her core convictions, she delivered a powerful message about the need for a new direction for America.  Watch Darcy, here.

DNC Vice-Chair Susie Turnbull introduced Jennifer Bruner, who is running for Secretary of State in the battleground state of Ohio.  Jennifer talked about the importance of down ballot races.  She also talked about the importance of voter protection and the need to return to running free, fair, open and honest elections in Ohio.  You can watch it, here.

Back stage as Jennifer Bruner speaks.

After Jennifer and Darcy spoke, the DNC officially passed 13 resolutions as presented in the report from the Resolutions Committee.

DNC Members also heard officer reports from the treasurer, announcements from the Secretary, and a brief report from newly elected National Finance Chair, Phil Murphy.

The last major speech was given by Reverand Jesse Jackson.  You can watch clips from his speech, here.

C-Span was in the house, broadcasting live.

After a few short announcements and a final benediction offered by the Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, the meeting adjourned and history was made.

For more stories from the 2006 DNC Meeting in Chicago, check out my special coverage on the DNC Blog!

Tags: 2006, 50-State Strategy, Darcy Burner, Democrats, DNC, Howard Dean, Illinois, Iraq, Jennifer Bruner, Jesse Jackson, New Direction, Ohio, Richard Daley, Rod Blagojevich, secretary of state, Washington (all tags)



Re: Video:

Dean said, "...our candidates are not running away from the Democratic Partic Party."

But as been pointed out here at MyDD, Linda Stender and Darcy Burner each fail to mention that they're Democrats in their new ads. Maybe he should have prefaced his statement with...."Generally speaking....."

by Sitkah 2006-08-21 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Video: Dean, Daley, Blagojevich, Burner, Brune

So, how do we get Darcy Burner's campaign to hire Lamont's ad people?  Would be nice if she won, after all.

The ad she just ran was the most gawdawful treacly pile of shit I've ever seen.

by RT 2006-08-21 05:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Video: Dean, Daley, Blagojevich, Burner, Brune


I heard that Blago's speech was awful, and Dean was clearly annoyed by his antics.

But that was just Hotline buzz--don't have time to watch the thing right now.

by HellofaSandwich 2006-08-21 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Video: Dean, Daley, Blagojevich, Burner, Brune

I saw that too. I'll have to check out the video but I kind of wonder what's up with hotline. They do seem to really hate Blago (as evidenced by their referring to him as "Blago"). He's done some really stupid things in office, but at least he didn't bribe truck drivers.

by adamterando 2006-08-21 05:45PM | 0 recs
Darcy's speech

Wow, that was a tough room!

But Darcy clearly needs some help on a number of fronts:

Her speechwriter needs firing, for one thing: there was no discernable structure (none discernable by me, at any rate) to her speech, which made concentration and understanding difficult.

Her own technique needs some work, too: she seemed unfamiliar with speaking from autocue (unless the untimely pauses were the fault of the operator!); the mic was popping like billy-o; and, most notably, she failed to match her intonation to the sense of the text she was reading (a key aid to listeners in knowing where the speaker is going and getting them prepared to applaud or laugh).

These are skills that can be taught, and, once learned, would give free rein to her attractive personality and intellectual weight.

Of course, for a newbie candidate, a bit of awkwardness comes off as charming - as distinct from that perfection of professional smarminess achieved by the odious Tony Blair.

Not too much, though.

by skeptic06 2006-08-21 07:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy's speech

I thought Darcy was great.  She wrapped in her personal story, the current political situation and the urgency of taking back Congress were all conveyed.  

She was also a hit with the DNC Members before and after the event.  Plus, she's a great woman who knows her stuff and means what she says.

by Tracy Joan 2006-08-21 08:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy's speech

My problem with the speech was that - eminently fixable - technical failings were getting in the way of her demonstrating (what I perceive to be) her excellent qualities as candidate.

I'm not at all surprised that she works well one on one. But I think there's no getting away from a pol needing to pick up the basics of speechmaking - especially as, I suspect, many of her free media appearances will be clips of her making speeches.

(Of course, the effect of the speech as heard in the room may well have been rather different than seeing it on Youtube. But, like I say, most voters will only hear her speaking on TV.)

by skeptic06 2006-08-22 06:17AM | 0 recs

There were several (what I took to be) applause lines where she didn't get applause.

Hence my reference to it being a tough room.

by skeptic06 2006-08-22 06:21AM | 0 recs


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