Sadly, the tone so far of this panel -- set by Nancy Zurkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights -- is all victimization. The Republicans are mean to us and driving a wedge between us and so forth and so on. But she does promise, after describing how dastardly this all is, that they'll talk about how to "turn the tables."
Solmonese -- whose group was last seen in Ad Age getting that Snickers ad yanked -- says that the presidential candidates are less likely to introduce gay marriage as a wedge issue this time around. But he said down-ticket Republicans may go that route. If you remember, previous Republican wins were attributed to the Rove machine stoking the fears of a gay planet.
Groff mentions Ward Connerly's anti-affirmative-action ballot items as a possible wedge issue. Vargas mentions immigration as a wedge issue, though considering John McCain's problematic history in his own party (as in he's not anti-illegal-immigration enough), I find it highly unlikely we'll be seeing McCain running ads demonizing illegals. It doesn't seem that Ben Jealous is here.
Meanwhile, there's a very large flat-screen monitor to my right bumping Digg headlines, including one that reads, "Say It Ain't So, Joe: Biden Takes Credit for Patriot Act!?!" and "Riot Police Deny Wolf Blitzer Entry; 'Who is Wolf Blitzer?'"
That's enough of this live-blogging experiment for now. It's too hot in here, they're not saying much, and I hear some commotion outside.