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August 25, 2008

D-Day: Street scenes

The marquee of a Denver strip club.

Hope for sale!

A Catholic priest participates in a pro-life protest outside the Convention Center.
Activists with

Tonya Wheeler is an activist with the “Recovery Caucus.”

A PETA activist protests outside the Convention Center.
Code Pink activists march to protest Nancy Pelosi.

DENVER — Sen. Barack Obama credits gay activists with making the Democratic Party “immeasurably stronger.”
In a letter to the party’s LGBT Caucus — the acronym stands for Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender — Obama said the group “will be crucial to bringing our Party together and sweeping us to victory on November 4th.”
The letter was distributed at today’s meeting of the LGBT Caucus at the Denver Convention Center.
“Congratulations on being part of the largest LGBT Caucus delegation in Democratic National Convention history,” Obama wrote. “I look forward to seeing the LGBT community turn out in record numbers to help create the changes we seek.”

Read the whole thing. Right now I’m sitting outside the Capitol Bar at the Sheraton on 16th Street with VodkaPundit, who’s living up to his nom de blog, having just ordered his second vodka rocks. He’s about to head out to cover the attempt of activists to levitate the Denver Mint. I’ll let you know if they succeed.

Just left the LGBT Caucus meeting at the Convention Center. Outside the caucus, a couple of guys were promoting their product, “Gay Republican Hypocrite” playing cards. The guy displayed the deck, and I saw that my friend Jeff Gannon is the six of spades. “Hey, I know that dude,” I said, and they gave me a deck.

Whatever you say about these Democrats, they’re all about entrepreneurial activity. Fourteenth Street in front of the Convention Center is a bazaar of Obama-related merchandise. I’ll upload photos shortly, but I’m told Jose at PJM is screaming for content, and so I’ve got to write something.
PJM cameraman Andrew Marcus reports that the “Unofficial Blogger Total Access” credential actually works. “Nobody reads the fine print,” Andrew says.
August 25, 2008

D-Day in Denver

Just got into Denver, and my latest American Spectator column is now online:

The ragtag coalition of semi-pro agitators calling themselves “Recreate ’68” has dedicated itself to a vain attempt to turn this year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver into a simulacrum of the notorious 1968 Chicago convention, when Mayor Richard Daley’s cops busted the heads of anti-war protesters in the streets.
As much as I’d love to cover a riot — or at least be serenaded by the distant music of hippie scum howling in pain while I sip a cold Corona at a sidewalk cafe — it’s unlikely that the misguided nostalgia of “Recreate ’68” will be any more successful than the 30th anniversary re-enactment of Woodstock, which notoriously resulted in at least four reported rapes.
This is not your father’s peace-and-love generation.

Please read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Anita Thompson’s in town and can’t quite get the whole “Recreate ’68” thing.

I met two North Carolina delegates on the flight into Denver. My seatmate was Don Davis, mayor of Snow Hill, N.C., Democratic candidate for state senate, and an Obama delegate. He introduced me to Chris Hardee of Manteo, N.C., who is a Hillary delegate.

It was from Hardee I heard the news that Hillary is releasing her delegates, as we were on our way to baggage claim.

VodkaPundit picked me up at the airport and we’re staying at the home of his friends Matt and Ali Traylor. Right now, VodkaPundit’s drinking our host’s scotch and we’re watching a wee-hours TCM showing of Wanda Nevada with Peter Fonda and Brooke Shields, a cheap imitation of Paper Moon with creepy overtones of Pretty Baby.

Well, I’m about shot. If I fell asleep in 5 minutes, I might get 4 hours of sleep. We’ll be on the scene soon