Two bad puns in a row using the word Time. Sorry.
Turpen Time, by the way, was actually his campaign slogan when he ran for state attorney general in 1982.
The headliner at the Democratic National Convention tonight is, of course, Sen. Joe Biden, the vice presidential candidate. Before him, though, is former President Bill Clinton (reportedly not happy with his slot because it’s national security night themewise and Clinton wanted to talk about the economy).
But before all that will be the traditional roll call of the states, when some designated person from each state gets to shout out what the state is most proud of being “home to” before shouting out how many votes they’re pledging to the nominee.
Gov. Brad Henry did the shouting for the Oklahoma Democrats in 2004 but I couldn’t find a copy of his remarks in our archives. Apparently they had something to do with education and putting kids first, according to an aide to the governor.
In 2000, at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, former state party chairman Mike Mass, did the honors in remarks that perfectly represent how jumbled and incoherent these things can be. Here’s what he said:
“America’s heartland and the land of America’s state of Oklahoma, home to the honorable Joe Lieberman’s little sister, also home to some future Democratic congressmen in keeping with the rich tradition of Robert S. Kerr, Mike Synar and Speaker Carl Albert, we’re mighty proud to cast all 52 votes for the next president of the United States of America, Al Gore.”
Mass, a former state representative, pleaded guilty last year to a federal conspiracy charge unrelated to that rambling statement.