Democrats' extravaganza, as seen from living rooms across the US
Two politicians from Queens - Rep. Geraldine Ferraro and Gov. Mario Cuomo - sparked New Yorkers' interest in the Democratic National Convention. But beyond pride in their hometown players, some voters here have been pleased at the ''oomph'' they saw at the San Francisco meeting.
''The whole thing is very moving, not boring,'' says Jo MacLeod of Greenwich Village, who is retired from the fashion business. ''I was surprised at the fire left in Jimmy Carter, and I am proud I voted for him one time. Mario Cuomo was great ... magnificent.''
''This is the first convention I have ever paid so much attention to,'' says Edna Kelley, a Republican businesswoman in Manhattan. ''I think this convention will be good for the Democrats,'' says Ms. Kelley, who plans to vote for Mondale.
Al Orenstein, who works at an advertising agency, says he was unhappy with the flap over the aborted attempt to oust Democratic National Committee chief Charles Manatt, as well as the return of Georgia state party chairman Bert Lance to the national party hierachy. ''I lean Democratic - until Mondale manages to put his foot in his mouth again.''
One woman who watched the convention says she is ''totally apolitical,'' mostly because she doesn't think the Democrats have a chance against Ronald Reagan.
The prominence of women at the convention has impressed some.
''As the cameras pan the floor, you see more and more women's faces (than in the past),'' says Mr. Orenstein, which he adds is a very positive aspect for women.
''I think the convention gives women a great deal of hope,'' says Ms. Kelley.