A cyber friend emailed me this, this morning: ------ On Sunday, the day before the convention began, The New York Times-CBS poll of about one-fourth of the 4,322 convention delegates put them to the left of most Americans and most fellow Democrats -- including John Kerry. Nine of 10 delegates polled totally oppose the Iraq war, three-fourths support abortion on demand, only 4 percent back tax cuts and only 5 percent oppose recognition of gay marriage. Also on Sunday, a forum of leftist delegates (including several members of Congress) declared themselves for radical changes in America after the election. They also showed their contempt for the Kerry campaign's injunction not to assail President Bush with personal abuse. "Send the idiot back to Texas!" said Leo Gerard, president of the Steelworkers union. On the next day, Monday, Andy Stern in an interview with The Washington Post showed what radical labor leaders really think of the Democrats. "It is a hollow party," said Stern, who heads the giant Service Employees International Union (SEIU). An early supporter of Howard Dean for president, Stern said electing Kerry would slow "evolution" of the Democratic Party's dialogue. Anti-war activists dropped demands for U.S. troops to leave Iraq at a time certain. The platform handles divisive issues by simply ignoring them. It does not even mention partial-birth abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment, Alaska oil drilling or the Kyoto global warming treaty. It is hard to believe that such staples of liberal ideology could be kept out of a Democratic platform, but they were. The platform also avoided taking sides on the international trade issue that divides both major parties. Yet, stem-cell research was packed into one speech after another. In abandoning the old-time ideological religion, the convention repeatedly assailed Bush in broad terms for diminishing strength at home and losing respect abroad.