O’Malley & Sanders the Big Hits @ SC Dem Convention

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks before signing a bill abolishing capital punishment in the state during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 2, 2013. Maryland is the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to repeal the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders were the big hits at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this past weekend. Both received several standing ovations during their speeches to the audience of Democratic delegates from all over the state.

Jim Webb was absent, presumably because he said he was going to the White House Correspondence Dinner. Odd, because Martin O’Malley was there too. Hillary Clinton was absent at both. But, she made a video appearance.

Although Hillary Clinton was absent, Terry McAuliffe stood in for her and the response from the audience was lukewarm:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, did his duty again. But the response from the 1,000 convention delegates and activists was lukewarm. And when McAuliffe signaled for a video message from Clinton to play, there was a technical glitch. Then silence.“It’s on her e-mail somewhere,” shouted one man from the back of the convention hall, referring to Clinton’s controversial use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state.

Although delegates seemed to be half-listening. The video projection was so soft and the convention hall’s lighting so bright that they couldn’t make out the picture.

In closing, Clinton said: “I look forward to seeing you in person, too. Have a great evening.”

The problem was, it wasn’t evening. It was 10:35 a.m.

Bernie Sanders was a big hit with the crowd and won a lot of praise from Congressman Clyburn who was there:

Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont toying with a primary challenge to Clinton, brought Democrats to their feet with a fiery sermon about the hollowed-out middle class and the rise of an “oligarchic form of society” controlled by billionaires.The reception Sanders received — several delegates called him “electric” — surprised Rep. James E. Clyburn, the state’s most powerful Democrat, who took it all in from the back of the hall.

Lincoln Chafee also made an appearance:

Fellow New Englander Chafee made his first high-profile appearance since announcing his exploratory committee, and took the opportunity to lay forth a rough vision of his campaign based on the premise of “Good policy, good politics.” For the Republican-turned-Democrat, that means Head Start programs, universal health care and an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.”How dumb can the Republicans be to be beating up on the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country? That’s one we gotta grab!” he said. “A path to citizenship is not only good policy, it’s good politics.”

Chafee also highlighted his experience, pointing to his experience as mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, his term representing the state in the Senate and his one-term governorship. And while he didn’t mention Clinton by name, he called the Iraq War “the biggest mistake in American history,” and reminded the crowd that he was the only Republican to vote against the invasion in 2002.

Not to be upstaged by Bernie Sanders, O’Malley also got several standing ovations and cheers from the crowd:

Delegates rose again for Martin O’Malley, the ambitious former Maryland governor, after he spoke with rhetorical flourish about the undying American dream and gave a muscular defense of such liberal ideals as increasing wages, expanding Social Security benefits and cracking down on Wall Street banks.O’Malley, who lately has amped up his attacks on Clinton, took an apparent swipe at his more cautious and calculating rival in his speech: “Leadership is about forming a public opinion, not about chasing after it. It’s not about the polls. It’s about our principles.”

As O’Malley left the stage, Democrats swarmed him asking for selfies. The scene led one former Obama campaign staffer, Jonathan Metcalf, to remark: “I started with Barack Obama when he was 38 points down in South Carolina. It was supposed to be impossible. Martin O’Malley can do this — he absolutely can.”


Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos


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