"Healing" is a big theme tonight.
Rep. Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville), a Clinton supporter, affirmed his support of the Hillary Clinton to kick off the parade of House Democrats on the stage at the state Democrat Convention.
Shouts of "Yes we can" erupted in the audience.
Jim Dunnam cracked that "for purposes of this convention, Speaker Tom Craddick is not recognized."
A parade of other House Democrats (from the looks of things, almost all of them) took the stage to announce support for Barack Obama and exhort the attendees "take back the House."
Rep. Scott Hochberg from Houston said "I see Democrats as far as I can see, and it looks great." Hochberg and Rep. Jessica Farrar among others told the audience that they only need "five more seats" to win a majority. A surprisingly unambitious vision.
Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, head of the House Democrat caucus, rapped up the House parade by holding a mock moment of silence for Tom DeLay, Dennis Hastert, Karl Rove, and "thank God, George Bush."