The cold war liberal turned neo-con then UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick labeled them "the San Francisco Democrats". I didn't know quite what she meant but knew it was contemptuous. Neither the Gary Hart nor Jesse Jackson supporters was convinced that all hope for their candidacies so floor fights remained part of the arsenal. I was on the Platform Committee which remained the subject of contentious votes on the floor about nuclear arms control and Israeli settlement policy. I was dispatched to state caucuses by the foreign policy advisers Barry Carter and Madeline Albright to speak for the Mondale campaign.
There was the elevated oratory of New York's Governor Mario Cuomo in his "Shining city on a hill - tale of two cities" speech. And the nomination of Fordham Law alum Geraldine Ferraro for vice president. and there was Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane playing on the pier at a huge party paid for by then state Senate leader Willie Brown.
But there was a low moment for me -when Vice President Mondale pulled out his "Reagan Charge" card. He called for a balanced budget amendment (!?) and said "Ronald Reagan will raise taxes and so will I - but I'll do it fairly". I saw electoral votes slipping away. - gwc
Mondale, Hart, Jackson Dish About the Law Great Convention - San Francisco in 1984 - SLATE
by Phil Hirschkorn