If you want to hear from retired elected officials, bureaucrats, and a boatload of advocates never elected to any office (plus a night-time soap opera star) the Democratic National Convention is the place to be.
If you'd be interested in hearing from the first-elected Latina governor, the first female African-American Secretary of State, the first female and male Indian-American governors, a female African-American mayor and dozens of other current office-holders, the Republican National Convention would be the best bet.
The Obama re-election campaign seems to have selected its battleground months ago. That devastated no-man's land includes women's ovaries and other reproductive organs, and their right for speedier lawsuit service when they've been discharged from employment. It doesn't seem to be the ballot box for current candidates, male or female.
Here's the current announced slate of female speakers for the Democratic National Convention scheduled for September 4-6 in Charlotte, NC.
• Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
• Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth
• Georgetown Law School Graduate Sandra Fluke
• Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
• California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
• Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
• Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.)
• Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California
• President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan
• Caroline Kennedy
• Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter
• Obama Campaign Co-Chair Eva Longoria
• U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate
• President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards
• Journalist Cristina Saralegui
• Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren
• First Lady Michelle Obama
The slate of female speakers at the DNC announced so far speaks for itself. Only four are current, serving elected officials. The only candidate is Elizabeth Warren. As to the up-to-date DNC approach, they are proudly announcing that keynote speaker, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, will be the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention. It's too bad they don't have the first Latina governor available. She's speaking at the other convention.
The RNC is holding its convention August 27-30 in Tampa, Florida. Here is their lineup of female speakers announced to date:
• Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
• South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
• Actress and radio host Janine Turner
• Utah Mayor Mia Love
• New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte
• Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
• Delaware Lt. Governor candidate and small business owner Sher Valenzuela
• New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
• Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
• Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
• Ann Romney
• Dozens of current candidates for office, male and female
I think this lineup speaks for itself, too. It's sure to be an attractant for ad-hominem attacks from the "modern, up to date" party that wants to single out any Republican or conservative, male or female, any family background or ethnicity, or, in the case of keynote speaker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie - weight - and slime them.
The Republican Convention is being advertised as the "Convention Without Walls," which is a Facebook app that connects people directly to the convention. The convention also has apps and presence in nearly all other social media and networks, including YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.
Democrats can sign up for the Facebook page and Twitter feed of their convention. However, they are advertising for people to contribute $3 to get a free trip to the convention, including hotel and airfare.