At the Democratic Convention: Labor Speaks, but Business?

By August 22, 2008General

Jim Geraghty at National Review’s The Campaign Spot posts the list of speakers at the Democratic convention in Denver and observes

Looking over the complete list of speakers at the Democratic convention, I note… that there is not a single businessman, entrepreneur, or private sector innovator speaking in the entire four nights, barring some last-minute addition.

Groups represented include the SEIU, the NEA, AFT, NARAL and Planned Parenthood. But not one representative of any company – just politicians, representatives of unions, and leaders of abortion groups. (I suppose some wag will say that Al Gore counts, as the innovative inventor of the Internet and creator of that television channel.)

By comparison, the GOP convention features EBay CEO Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. And this isn’t even counting Mitt Romney, co-founder of Bain Capital.

UPDATE: I’ll give a little credit where it’s due, Mark Warner makes the cut as well as Romney does —  former managing director of Columbia Capital Corporation, early investor in Nextel, founder of a large technology-based venture capital fund… 

We’d guess there will be businessmen and women added. It’s too obvious an oversight not to.

And from the Communications Workers of America:

Two of CWA’s key policy goals – Employee Free Choice and a national broadband strategy – are part of the Democratic platform that will be presented to next week’s national party convention in Denver.

In the plank devoted to “Good Jobs with Good Pay,” the central point is the right to organize and bargain collectively: “We know that when unions are allowed to do their job of making sure that workers get their fair share, they pull people out of poverty and create a stronger middle class.” The platform pledges: “We will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions and fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.”


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