Lowlights from DemCon 2006

Worcester come-down  
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 7, 2006

Yes, Virginia, there were some inspiring moments in Worcester’s DCU Center last weekend, with Deval Patrick’s first speech on Saturday topping the list. But there were also some truly embarrassing episodes. Here, for your consideration, are brief recaps of the five worst:

Next time, give that slotto McGovern: Rising superstar-turned-political-pariah Marie St. Fleur addresses the convention late Friday evening when delegates are a) somewhere else getting drunk, or b) not paying attention because they want to be somewhere else getting drunk.

Junior-high politics, part 1: As Gabrieli announces he’s secured a spot on the primary ballot, Patrick’s supporters try to spoil the photo-op by standing behind him and waving Patrick signs, which are noticeably larger than the Gabrieli placards.

Junior-high politics, part 2: A few minutes later, upon returning to the DCU Center to appease those who missed his first photo-op, Gabrieli interrupts Patrick’s party-endorsement acceptance speech to hold a second press conference.

Rich people work too: Stop & Shop heiress Deborah Goldberg attempts self-parody with a video in which she re-enacts various jobs she did around the store as a kid. Instead of making people laugh, the video just makes them uncomfortable. Later, Goldberg receives the fewest votes of the three candidates for lieutenant governor.

Did he just say “sheep”?: 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern gives a meandering, occasionally offensive speech in which, among other things, he waxes poetic about Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky and compares gay marriage to having sex with sheep.

Related: The Italian job, The electoral potential of Deval Patrick’s pitch, Smearing Deval Patrick, More more >
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