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The Boston Globe is reporting this morning that Elizabeth Warren may be on the short list to keynote the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.

An Obama campaign official confirmed to the Globe on Wednesday that US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is being considered as a possible keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention.
If this is the case it is wonderful news in my book!

The Globe article is skimpy, quoting an unnamed Obama campaign official...so here's hoping this becomes official soon!

As a potential future constituent, I can think of no one better to inspire convention delegates as well as Democrats nationwide. And a primetime speaking slot would give Professor Warren a ton of visibility for her race against Scott Brown.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:16:34 AM PDT

  •  That would be an interesting choice (7+ / 0-)

    Sometimes people who are the convention keynoter go on to do great things. ;)

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:21:05 AM PDT

  •  Maybe all my emails have helped (3+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, aliasalias, abs0628

    I send a round to the White House, the Obama campaign and the DNC at least weekly strongly suggesting this.

    The more obnoxiously plutocratic the Romney dynasty looks, the better choice Warren makes.

    Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. --- Howard Zinn

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:29:23 AM PDT

  •  Cool. A lot of people will tune into (1+ / 0-)
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    see that. She's very good at speaking the "raw meat" that's needed at the convention.

    Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

    by blueoregon on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:29:33 AM PDT

  •  I don't know about this... (0+ / 0-)

    Pres Obama's getting dinged right now by Romney camp for basically echoing exactly what Warren said a few months ago.  Even if we all know it's a flat out falsehood, Americans like to think of themselves as rugged individualists who made it in spite of everything working against them.  

  •  If not Warren....who? (5+ / 0-)

    Warren is the closest thing that the Democratic Party has to a big-time, rising star.  The right hates her as much as the left loves her.  She would certainly be a great choice for the simple aspect of rallying the base even more and exciting potential donors.

    I mean, who else could they pick?  Andrew Cuomo would be more boring than Mark Warner really, and I can't see him being the most popular choice to choose from.

    Martin O'Malley wouldn't be bad though, I'm starting to come around to liking him a LOT.  Maybe even Schweitzer.

    Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

    by RVKU on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:32:43 AM PDT

    •  With folks trying to push Schweitzer (4+ / 0-)
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      to primary Max Baucus in 2014, the DNC might not want to hurt poor Maxie's feelings by giving him a bully pulpit.

      I could see O'Malley getting a top speaking position -- the significance of Warren though is not only on the economic issue, but on the gender issue as well; a strong, intelligent woman who is recognized as a leading light in her Party rather than being pushed aside.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:37:49 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        Warren is the best prospect the Democrats have had for a while and that's all because of how intelligent, proud & eloquent she is.  

        It actually would be great to have her being compared to what will certainly be a brash speech by Chris Christie.

        I think O'Malley might end up as head of the DNC after DWS is done.  He seems to be really attacking the Sunday AM shows hard.

        Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

        by RVKU on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:40:04 AM PDT

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        •  O'Malley and Schweitzer (0+ / 0-)

          Agree with both your thoughts on O'Malley and Schweitzer -- both of whom would be FANTASTIC as well.

          And I would love to see O'Malley @ the DNC -- he is really impressing of late!

          "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

          by abs0628 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:11:21 PM PDT

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  •  A couple of other options I could see - (2+ / 0-)
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    San Antonio mayor Julian Castro - A favorite to run for Texas Governor in 2014.  Here's his recent keynote for the 2012 Texas Democratic Party Convention -

    Another is Arizona Senate Candidate Richard Carmona.  He has quite the resume and the keynote spot could help his name value exposure in Az.  Puerto Rican descent, born in Harlem NY, dropped out of highschool at 16 and elnisted in the army, combat decorated special forces while in Vietnam.  After leaving military he went on to become a surgeon.  Also worked his way up to deputy Sheriff in Pima County.  Was George w. Bushes Surgeon General.  

     He's not a hyper-partisan by any stretch though, so will not give a red meat speech per se, but will give a nuanced defense from a purple stater -  

    •  Thanks for sharing (0+ / 0-)

      Both interesting suggestions. I would think Castro especially might have a shot as a way of highlighting the glaring contrast re: how the GOP and Dems view the Latino vote and their concerns.

      "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

      by abs0628 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:13:07 PM PDT

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    •  Castor is not prominent enough to get the (0+ / 0-)

      keynote. Although it would be nice to have him speak at the convention at some point. Carmona is good but optics are a bit strange (former Bush appointee) for a keynote. Warren keynote will be very much in the mold of Obama speech in 2004.

  •  heluva better choice than Christe for the GOP! (1+ / 0-)
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    issues from somebody who understands them instead of bluster.

    why I'm a Democrat - Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46

    by marking time on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 12:01:00 PM PDT

  •  Note to Debbie Wasserman Schultz... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...if you're having serious trouble convincing someone to give the keynote address to the DNC, I'll answer your call to go to Charlotte and give the keynote address.

    Elizabeth Warren would obviously be my first choice for DNC Keynote, my second choice would be Jon Erpenbach, the "spokesman" of the Wisconsin Fourteen.

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 12:35:24 PM PDT

  •  Several other possible choices (1+ / 0-)
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    Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan State Senator

    Wendy Davis, Texas State Senator

    Link to video of sample tape of Wendy Davis

    Jon Erpenbach, Wisconsin State Senator

    Lori Compas, wedding photographer from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

    Tammy Duckworth, U.S. House Democratic Nominee, IL-8

    Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland

    Of course, as much as I would like to see Elizabeth Warren give the DNC keynote address, I'm thinking the "Elizabeth Warren for Keynote" rumors are part of some sort of orchestrated "bait and switch" plan by Wasserman Schultz designed to get us progressives thinking that Warren is going to give the keynote address, and then, at the last second, someone else who wasn't even supposed to be at the Democratic National Convention shows up on stage to give the keynote address.

    If any of the six "shocker" picks that I've named shows up magically to give the keynote address, the most likely one would be O'Malley. Whitmer and Davis are cult heroes among members of the netroots that aren't all that influential within the Democratic Party as a whole, Erpenbach gained brief national attention during the collective bargaining fight in Wisconsin, Compas has never held public office before, and has only ran for public office once, for a seat in the Wisconsin State Senate, but lost, and Duckworth is from Obama's home state of Illinois.

    The identity of the keynote speaker at the DNC is usually a very closely guarded secret up until the keynote speaker's name is announced right before the address is given.

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 12:58:31 PM PDT

    •  Great comment (0+ / 0-)

      Yeah it will be interesting to see if these leaks bear any fruit or whether your suspicions are correct. Honestly if it is O'Malley, I would be super excited too. As I said upthread, he is super impressive and I think many of us have very high hopes for him!

      Thanks for posting all the great videos!

      Oh and I definitely think Tami Duckworth will get a prime speaking slot given her tough race and high profile.

      "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

      by abs0628 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:17:51 PM PDT

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      •  Duckworth is strongly favored against Walsh... (0+ / 0-)

        ...in IL-8...that district was made significantly more Democratic in redistricting, Walsh is running what I described on my blog as a "flame-out campaign".

        Of the potential "shocker" keynote speakers, here's my thoughts on them: Whitmer's "license to bully" speech is the greatest speech I've ever heard, there wasn't an embed feature for the Davis video, so I included a link, but she's a naturally-gifted speaker, O'Malley is a potential 2016 presidential candidate and an all-around great guy, Erpenbach would be my second choice behind Elizabeth Warren, Duckworth would be my third choice behind Warren and Erpenbach, and, although Compas would probably be too Paul Wellstone-like for Wasserman Schultz's tastes.

        Another potential "shocker" keynote speaker is Gabrielle Giffords. After being shot in the head by some nutcase named Jared Lee Loughner at a grocery store in Arizona last year, having her speaking ability severely impacted by that shooting...I'd probably shed a few tears if Giffords gave the keynote speech at the DNC, as that would be an emotional moment, to say the least.

        "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

        by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:45:51 PM PDT

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  •  It would be smart to have someone from (0+ / 0-)

    the northeast give the keynote in Charlotte.  MA still allows unions, as I recall.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:58:43 PM PDT

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