Take Back America 2007
Andrea Batista Schlesinger
Representative Jan Schakowsky
Representative Keith Ellison
|Date:||Monday, June 18, 2007
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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By: Ian Mishalove
on Jun 18 2007
at 01:27 PM EDT
I thought the opening plenary was terrific!! I loved the opening video, and thought that Borosage laid out a convincing case re: the failure of conservatism and the GREAT opportunity that lies before progressives (right now!) to change the direction of our country.
Eli Pariser followed with a great point about not waiting for our elected leaders (even the Dems) to push the envelope -- because "We are the ones we've been waiting for!".
Also loved Andrea Batista Schlesinger's comparison of Voltaire's maxim (Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good...) with her father's advice (Don't let the good be the enemy of the perfect.) to underscore the point that we're in the majority right now, and shouldn't just settle for setting!
Best opening in my 4 years of coming to TBA!
I just wish it was in a room that better matched the size and energy of the crowd. The Crystal Ballroom is a tough layout because the arched shape of the room breaks up the co-hesiveness of the audience and (in turn, I think) dissapates energy.
Small gripe though, because the content (which matters most) was excellent!