Saturday, September 13, 2003

Did you know that you can watch C-SPAN live online? What a wonderful thing. I watched C-SPAN on television this evening, taking in the Tom Harkin Steak Fry, a Democratic fundraiser/campaigning event now in its 26th year. Things you should know about the Harkin Steak Fry:

1. Whoever plays music between speakers kicks ass. Among other things, I heard both Led Zep's "When the Levee Breaks" and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" during today's broadcast.
2. The special guest speaker was President Bill Clinton. He gave a funny, witty, on-point speech, and was ably introduced by Senator Harkin.
3. John Edwards gave a feisty, wonderful speech. If he had a bit more experience under his belt (he's in the midst of his first term in elected office, serving as the senior Senator from North Carolina) and were Governor Howard Dean not running, he'd likely have my vote in the Democratic presidential primary. He's also the cutest of the 9 candidates.
4. Paul Wellstone once said, "The future of American politics is with those who have passion." That's the good doctor Dean. He's filled with passion and spark. He impresses me more and more each time I hear him speak.
5. The chair of the Iowa Dems, whose name I've forgotten, is a rather woofy bear.
6. Senator Harkin pointed out one promise President Bush made which he has kept. He said he'd unite this great nation of ours - and as Harkin said, "I've never seen Democrats so united" as to send Dubya back to Crawford, TX in January, 2005. Amen!

Why wouldn't everyone want to watch this? No one covers elections better than C-SPAN, because they're unfiltered, non-partisan (they followed this coverage with an event honoring Vice President Dan Quayle), live from the campaign trail, period. I love politics, which means I love C-SPAN.

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