At Netroots, attendees wearing pro-Sanders buttons are everywhere, and there’s a visible wariness toward Clinton – though not quite an overt hostility. Activists at the convention, many of them quick to note that Netroots is for “Bernie’s people,” say that Clinton hasn’t quite won them over even with her recent populist turn.
Clinton’s decision to skip the convention did not go unnoticed, either, especially a day before Sanders is scheduled to deliver his speech in a room designed to fit more than 10,000 people.
“It’s very notable that she’s not here,” Dan O’Neal, the Arizona state coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America, said, adding that even though the former secretary of state had been invited, “she declined to come. Martin O’Malley’s going to be here. Why shouldn’t she be here? We’re saying, ‘Hillary, where are you?’” (For the record, she’s in Iowa.)
“I just want to say that anybody who wants to really speak to the progressive base ought to be here and I’ll let people make their own assumptions,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.