Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 2, Part 6)

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 2 / Part Six ————————————————————

I was feeling kind of burned out, so I opted to go grab some Advil, Twix, and Diet Coke.

While the vendors downstairs on the floor where the convention hall is seem to have a decent bit of traffic, those with booths upstairs where the reception and registration were held last night have been very, very slow. I visited Mark on my candy bar run and he was understandably frustrated with the situation.

The convention has been dealing with a great deal of smaller issues in the past few hours, including fixing a couple of typos in one specific platform item.

Currently, there is a motion to move the matter of removing or adjusting the phrase “cult of the omnipotent state” from the statement of principles. The motion was moved back to be voted on immediately prior to the election of officers Sunday morning.

The idea was that this would give the greatest chance for a 7/8 vote of registered delegates, which is what would be required for an adjustment. I can see why some would be opposed to the phrase, but there is no chance whatsoever this will pass. Keep in mind this would require 7/8 of the REGISTERED delegates, not just those in attendance. That means if more than 1/8 of delegates do not attend in the morning it would be literally impossible for any motions to adjust the phrase whatsoever. Pretty harsh measures.

I’ll be facing some tough decisions on what to do tonight.

I’d like to see Russo’s film, which shows at 8 PM, but I’d also like to check out the Pledge Reception, seeing as I am a pledge and I’d love to be showered with affection for at least a few hours tonight, rather than the lack of love I’ve been feeling from the convention today in my role as a paper swilling volunteer staffer.

Further, I really, really would like to see the debate tonight between the Chair hopefuls.

Lots of stuff!

Once more, we’re back talking about dues. Even better, the natives are getting restless. Several attendees have attempted to get around the human wall that is myself and the other volunteer staffers. Simply put, if everyone who wanted to talk to the Secretary did so, Bob would not be able to get a single damn thing done.

Dixon’s “Motion has failed.” is the next “No soup for you.”

Ice cold.

A motion for adjournment has been filed and approved. Job well done.

2 Responses to “Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 2, Part 6)”

  1. BarbaraHGordon Says:

    You are right! Dixon did an outstanding job of chairing the convention. I don’t know how he was able to keep so many motions, counter motions, etc. in the air, keeping everything moving and doing it so smoothly. Yet he was able to inject some humor.

    Like you, I had a hard time deciding what to do Friday night. I did make it to the Russo film, the Pledge reception and to one of the hospitality suites. I really wanted to go to the Redpath reception, even though as the old white woman that I am, I have never heard a Nirvana song.

  2. bernard b carman Says:

    i MUST also post here - yes, Dixon was AWESOME at running the convention. his humor kept the entire mood of the floor light hearted. (and i’m not just saying that because he is from NC, and shares my ancestoral name on my grandmother’s side, right in the heart of tobbacco country, eastern NC!)

    i wish the LNC would consider inviting him to run next year’s convention as well, although i would imagine he is happy to not have to deal with that next year! 8-)

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