The DNC is webcasting live from BarackObama.com, starting at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific. You can watch it right here on RedGREENandBlue:
Here’s what’s on the schedule for the day:
- The main events start at 5pm ET with the call to order, invocation, pledge and national anthem
- Next we have a selection of Congresscritturs, including Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Diana DeGette, Judy Chu and John Larson.
- At about 6 pm ET, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will speak. I saw him at Netroots Nation back in June – he’s a good speaker, and really gets that we can create jobs AND protect the environment at the same time.
- Next we have Reps. Steve Israel and Patty Murray, Sen. Charles Schumer, Reps. Karen Bass, Al Green and Emanuel Cleaver.
- From 7 pm we’ll have House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Tom Vilsack, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and former NC Gov. Jim Hunt.
- 8 pm: Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (another strong speaker at Netroots Nation). Followed by Rep. Steny Hoyer (not my favorite Democrat – he’s a bit too corporate-friendly) and the wonderful but, alas, retiring Rep. Barney Frank.
- 9 pm: This hour will highlight how women’s issues aren’t just about women’s reproductive parts – Small Business Administration administrator Karen Mills will shut down the GOP’s ludicrous “built that” lie by reminding all those small businesses just HOW much help the government has given them in the past four years (and how many jobs that has created). California Attorney General Kamala Harris will talk about job-killing banksters. And then we’ll hear from Sandra Fluke, and with any luck Rush Limbough’s head will explode.
- Then we’ll hear from some of the folks who used to have jobs at small businesses – before Bain Capital came along and performed the magic of Vulture Capitalism on them.
- 10pm: Time more fire-breathing, from U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. The GOP tried to keep Warren off the national stage by stonewalling her nomination as Obama’s Consumer Protection Czar; this has not worked out well for them. She’s going to take back Teddy Kennedy’s old Senate seat, and be a major progressive voice in Washington for years to come. Make sure to catch her magic tonight.
- The keynote speaker: President Bill Clinton. This should be fun…The Democrat who presided over a booming economy, reached across the aisle to balance the budget and reform welfare, and for his trouble was impeached by the dicks on the other side. (Because – Hahahahaha! – they caught him in a little bit of lie!)