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CHARLOTTE, NC - Greetings from Obamaworld, at least for the next three days.  While others have observed how lame the Dems' lineup is this year, I figured I'd share the full list* now that the -- er -- "excitement" is mere hours away.  I've taken the liberty of putting the names of people from whom I'm even the slightest bit interested in hearing, even if ironically, in bold.  (Parenthetical notes are mine):


Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (currently poised to lose her US Senate race to Tommy Thompson).

Congressman Xavier Becerra of California

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Local hero -- reportedly considering challenging uber-popular Gov. Chris Christie next year).

Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina

Former President Jimmy Carter, via video (Perfect).

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will be the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee

Congresswoman Judy Chu of California

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri

Former President Bill Clinton (Clinton always brings the goods.  He'll be great).

Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina

Former Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist (Crist may be the most craven, compass-free, opportunistic politician on the scene today, which is really saying something).

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina Walter Dalton

The Honorable Arne Duncan

Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado

Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois

Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Will the convention have a 7-second delay?)

Georgetown Law School Graduate Sandra Fluke (It is truly pathetic that this person has become a cause celebre on the Left.  She's famous for demanding that the religious university she chose to attend be compelled by the federal government to violate their faith by paying for her birth control -- and for being called a mean name by Rush Limbaugh.  What an inspiration).

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx

Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts

Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (She left the state is such great shape, didn't she?  How's life on cable access?)

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez of Texas

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina (She'll be in deep, deep trouble in 2014).

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (One of the few legitimate rising leaders on the Democrat bench).

Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland

Former Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt

DCCC Chairman Congressman Steve Israel of New York

Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau

Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.)

Congressman John Larson of Connecticut

Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia

CarMax co-founder and former CEO Austin Ligon

President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan (Someone who's dedicated her life to abortion.  Classy).

Caroline Kennedy

U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts ("...and I'm reporting for duty...")

Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter

Obama Campaign Co-Chair Eva Longoria

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Delaware Governor Jack Markell

Boston Mayor Tom Menino

The Honorable Karen Mills

U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington

Admiral John Nathman

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (Maybe can settle once and for all whether Americans are better off today than they were four years ago.  Some spin is hard).

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Admit it, you sort of miss her.  Not wielding the gavel, obviously, but doing what she does).

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will also lead a presentation of the women of the House

California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez

Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado

Congressman David Price of North Carolina

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Working speech title: "How to raise taxes and stay delinquent on your bills").

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (Perhaps he'll channel his imaginary friend and reveal more rumors about people he doesn't like).

President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards (Round two of abortion-fest '12.  Charming).

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

The Honorable Ken Salazar

Journalist Cristina Saralegui ("Representing her entire profession, please welcome...")

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Los Angeles Mayor, Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa

The Honorable Tom Vilsack

Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (Hoping for a heavily biographical speech).

DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida (Oh, you).

Congressman Mel Watt of North Carolina


*This is the full released schedule.  We're also hearing that the Democrats will trot out some former employees of Bain Capital to dump on Romney, trying to blunt Mitt's recent offensive regarding his private sector success.  There are also whispers of a mystery speaker or special guest appearance.  For what it's worth, my money's on her.  Vice President Biden and President Obama will accept their nominations on Thursday.  Will Obama recycle his 2008 "Greek columns" speech, too?


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