AmeriNZ 110 – Poltical Chat: Conventions Begin

The Democratic National Convention began today, so Jason and I are back to chat about politics. We begin by discussing the two main US parties, inspired by a listener question, and talk about how they evolved into the parties they are today—their differences then and now. This sets the stage for discussions about the party conventions (this also gave me a chance to sneak in a little story from my past). We look at the purpose of the conventions. Is the Republican McCain’s campaign doing anything unusual to target the Democrats during their convention? What do we think about Joe Biden? I actually met him once (did you hear who Jason and I met years ago?). We have a phone comment about our last political chat to end today’s episode with. We’ll be back next week, when we’ll go over comments to this episode. I’ll be posting a regular solo episode at the end of this week.

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7 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 110 – Poltical Chat: Conventions Begin

  1. Rudy Giuliani lurking around Denver during the Democratic convention. Is he running for a position in a McCain administration, maybe Attorney General? Oh, probably not. Bernie Kerilk has probably buried him. But ya neva know…

  2. Excellent political discussion as usual. I can’t wait to hear what you guys will have to say about the Republican convention. That should be interesting.

  3. I really enjoyed this episode. I so hope that the party unites and pulls this through in November after the battle between Obama and Clinton. I’m so worried that this year will be a repeat of 1988. Let’s hope not.

  4. I was in my local bank/Starbucks (yes, they are co-located) and the TV was on CNN (I think). The overlay: 250, or 6% of the Democratic delegates are gay. I didn’t see the story, but thought that was interesting for a number of reasons, one of which is that they even noted it. How did they calculate that? Did they count closeted folks? Librarians want to know! So I found this article: which notes there are 358 (maybe I misread the TV screen) and that “The Stonewall Democrats say their count is based on numbers reported by state party officials to the Democratic National Committee.”

  5. Hi, Sorry for the late comment. I wanted to thank you for the enlightening information regarding the parties.
    I find it very interesting as I was under the impression the right wing Avengalists always had hold of the republican party.
    Thanks again.

  6. Thanks everyone! We’re going over comments on he following political podcast, which is why I’m not replying individually. But thanks for the comments—they’re much appreciated!

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