First, a confession: I did not attend today's Republican opposition press conference; the RNC moved it from the very inconvenient location of their temporary Denver war room across the Platte River from the Pepsi Center to a extremely inconvenient location several miles south of Downtown. I decided to watch on live streaming video.
DENVER -- You may recall that for many months of this year, the pundits prattled about how Hillary Clinton was hurting the eventual nominee by hanging in the race. That was a dubious claim; the competition seemed to draw more people, more coverage, and more excitement to the Democrats. Now this week, the wise analysts have hyperventilated on the importance of Clinton getting her supporters to "unite" with Obama, for if not he shall surely fail.
I thought Warner was weak -- in fact, a generally weak evening considering how many millions of households presumably had the DNC on in the background waiting for Hillary. So, what do you think: did Deval shine from among the dullards, or blend in?
12:48 pm: For those of you reading this Wednesday morning, we've been blogging along with our live broadcast of the DNC.
DENVER-- Monday morning, the 16th Avenue Mall. I was intending to grab a coffee and jump on the free mall shuttle, but I spotted former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota walking toward the Colorado Convention Center, with a small entourage. I caught up at the 15th Ave. light and he graciously allowed me to impose a couple of quick questions about the VP selection process, which he had been closely involved with.
DENVER — The Democratic National Convention started off with a strange vibe that might be summed up in one word: restraint. Much is being pent-up here; emotions are being held in check.
One obvious aspect of this comes from the Clinton-Obama rift, which is real, though generally misunderstood. In truth, there are two very separate issues that have been conflated: the reticence of many Hillary Clinton voters to commit to pulling the lever for Barack Obama, and the inner tensions among the elites, insiders, and activists.
Mitt Romney has held public office exactly once, for a single term, during which the state he governed ranked 46th among the 50 states in job growth, with a rate less than a tenth of the national average during those years. So, you might think it odd that the Republican Party considers him their best spokesperson on the issue.
Mitt Romney headlines the Republican opposition press conference today -- at an odd time, 1:15pm -- he'll be discussing "why Barack Obama is wrong for America's economy."
Anyone have any questions you'd like me to ask the Gov when he takes questions from the floor?
Leave your suggestions, please, in the comments section!
DENVER -- The Republican National Committee is once again running daily opposition press conferences here in Denver, as they did in Boston four years ago. They have set aside a small space for the pressers, seating 20, in their “war room” headquarters several blocks from the Pepsi Center. (Not very conveniently located; it’s on the other side of the Platte River from everything else.
Any protester worth his or her salt needs to be in St. Paul, Minnesota by this coming weekend, for the start of the GOP convention protests. Thus, the protests here in Denver are, for the most part, restricted to locals, and to those particular diehards capable of taking two weeks off and travelling to two distant places -- and that latter group is certainly not interested in getting prematurely arrested here, before the big show starts.
DENVER -- The Massachusetts delegation had it pretty good at the last Democratic National Convention, which took place in Boston and crowned a Bostonian nominee. They're not quite the belles of the ball this time.
They're staying, along with the Maryland delegation, at a Renaissance Hotel a good 15-20 minutes from the Pepsi Center.
I fly out tomorrow midday, by which time apparently we will all have learned that Joe Biden is the VP pick. If true, I think it's a great choice for a variety of reasons, including A) the pick does no harm, provided Joe can stay reasonably disciplined; B) he's a great attack dog; C) he's a classic, working-class, Scots-Irish Catholic who plays great in PA, OH, VA, etc.