Archive for June 12th, 2008

by Pete Talbot

At the Democratic state delegate convention in Helena last Sunday, I didn’t get elected to go to Denver to represent Barack Obama. This is a good thing.

Montana Obama delegates going to the national convention were basically new faces to the party — mostly young, and included an African American and two Native Americans.

(For the delegate names, counties and which candidate they’re representing in Denver, go to Charles Johnson’s succinct piece here. But for a more personal perspective on the convention, read on.)

When I first started going to conventions like this over a dozen years ago I could hear folks whispering, “Who’s that young guy over there?” I’d look around to discover that they were talking about me. I was in my early forties at the time. If I’m the “youngster,” what does that make the rest of the party faithful?

Frankly, this was worrisome. Where are all the young people? This does not bode well for the party.

But this latest convention gave me hope. I may not be going to Denver but there is a slew of new Democrats going in my stead. These are the youngsters who got excited about Obama and knocked doors in Montana neighborhoods, made phone calls and did data entry at the various campaign offices around the state. They showed up en masse at the convention and voted for their friends and co-workers.

So, an old, white guy like me didn’t make the cut, which is just fine.

(Jay, over at LiTW, has an excellent take on the Clinton delegation.)

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