Now that the whirlwind of the 6th endorsement has settled a bit, and we've had a while to digest, Smartie and I have a few thoughts about the convention upon further reflection.
I think the most important realization we came away with is the fact that the DFL has a lot of passion and an endless supply of conviction. What to us as outsiders began to frustrate us through the 7 ballots we can now recognize as people who would not waiver on the support of their candidate. By the 5th ballot I believe I put up a post that said simply, "democrats are stubborn." It's true, and it often makes it hard for us to work together, but it's also one of our greatest strengths. In the end, when the unanimous endorsement was called, that same passion was evident as the room called out "aye" in one voice.
The 6th was able to come together in the end, and for many of the people the candidate of their choice was not the winner. Yet it seemed clear that the "stubbornness" I was cursing as an observer was the conviction of a group who will fight each step of the way through this race. They were able in the end to see that there was more benefit in working together to bring democratic success in the 6th, and with that much energy behind them I pity anyone on the other side.
But today is for families, and politics is over. Happy Mother's Day, and we'll see you tomorrow.