I celebrated my 38th birthday this week, and marked the occasion by hanging around the Democratic National Convention for much of the week.
I was sadly denied a credential for the convention itself, but was able to spend two days in the city both covering the protests and ancillary events around the convention. And… I loved it. I hadn’t done political reporting in awhile and remembered that I really enjoy it.
Highlights of the week: I met, and was “interviewed” by- Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and his puppeteer, Robert Smigel. I saw all manner of protests on behalf of various causes- with Bernie Sanders and marijuana by far the two most popular. And on Tuesday, I ended up about five feet away from Bernie Sanders himself, who happened to be walking down Arch Street with a small entourage. At that point that small cell of Christian fanatics I had seen the day before seized on him, with one even yelling at him to renounce Judaism.
And then, Friday, I attended a rally for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine at Temple University. This was a much different vibe from the Bill Clinton rally I covered back in the spring, in which the former president and a heckler yelled at each other; the whole room was with her, with the except of one heckler who called Hillary a murderer. Afterward I got to meet Kaine briefly.
Anyway, on to this week’s links:
– At Broad Street Review, I reviewed the “Politicalfest” exhibit around the convention.
– At Splice Today, I wrote about the protests on the first day.
– At Blasting News, I went in on out-of-town reporters complaining about Philly.
I also took a look at a politician who doesn’t often get his due, Howard Dean:
And why the DNC’s Bradley Cooper controversy was stupid.
– And at Screenrant:
– A new edit of Arrested Development’s Netflix season.
– The Bourne trilogy in 90 seconds.