Looking around, I get a sense of belonging at this event. There are people from all walks of life; all shapes, sizes, colors, and economic statues. These people are from the same side of the tracks as me. I don't imagine the GOP convention as like this. This morning I heard a number of speakers at the Hispanic Caucus meeting who talked about the fact that this convention was for the people. Debra Wasserman Schultz said, when she adressed the crowd, she had come back from a smoke filled, invitation only, backroom event in her home state. I heard this morning said the GOP has an "illusion of inclusion".
The DNC and the city have tried to be accomodating and welcoming and for the most part have accomplished that. They have no, or very little, public transit to move the amount of people who are here and there have been numerous issues in getting the shuttle buses to come to where they were supposed to be on time. The bus I was to take back from downtown this afternoon was an hour late and we got rained on, so it made for a very wet, soggy ride back. Many people didn't get on and I am sure they were pissed. Traffic is snarled for miles so getting a cab is next to impossible. Tonight there is another event to welcome those who didn't get here last night. Again, we are to take a shuttle from the hotel to the event. They are not batting 1,000 so far, but we will take our chances and hopefully we wont't get soaked again.