On the bright side, as horrible as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is at assigning delegates at political conventions, he’s not as bad at that as he is at investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. So he’s got that going for him.
Silver yesterday had the official duty of announcing that all of New York’s 384 delegates to the Democratic National Convention would be casting their votes for President Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election. He managed to blow what is traditionally a speech that is impossible to blow.
Typically, those who announce a state’s delegates at a political convention just say a few nice things about their state, announce the delegate count, and have a seat. Silver, however, dropped every Democratic name in New York State politics, rambled a bit, and was essentially told by convention organizers “enough already.”
See the video of Silver’s speech — compliments of Jimmy Vielkind at the Albany Times Union — below (the speaker’s speech jumps the shark at about 2:20).