Big Day, Big Night
This just in from The Pencil’s intrepid correspondent, Indiana 9th Congressional District delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Cathi Crabtree:
6:45am. Hit snooze. Can it possibly be time to start Day Three of the Convention already?
Yesterday’s events and the emotions they spawned would have exhausted anybody. CC reported last night:
I met a Texas delegate who shared stories about Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), and the new Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California). The Texas delegate pointed out how Jackson Lee had Hillary’s back throughout the ridiculous Benghazi hearings. She said she had always admired Sheila Jackson Lee but seeing the support she gave the former Secretary of State only increased her admiration and respect.
Women must stick together and we do! I shared information about my “Bitch, please!” T-shirt and she seemed eager to get one for herself.
The connections here have been phenomenal. Just what I wanted — sharing time and excitement with like-minded individuals.
I was overwhelmed with emotions so many times last night: I was relieved that both Bernie and Hillary supporters respected each other during roll call; I really appreciated Bernie calling for acclamation when Vermont’s turn came up; I was touched by Bernie’s brother’s appearance; I felt joy for finally nominating not just the first woman presidential candidate but one I have respected and admired for years; I was grateful for having the privilege to be a part of history.
And I miss my mom, who died almost exactly a year ago and who loved Hillary.
The celebration was thrilling. The thousands of Democrats in the arena acknowledged the historic nature of the nomination. We felt grateful for what this truly remarkable woman has accomplished in her life. She sees problems, especially social justice issues, and she figures out how to solve them.
I loved hearing the roll call, with each state in the Union highlighting what they’re proud of.
It was a truly amazing day and night. I’m so happy I could be there!