Democratic Convention 2008

Kabuki Theater, only Stupider

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To paraphrase this week's keynote speaker Matthew Perry, could this convention be any better for Republicans? For a relatively low investment, they're getting about half the coverage here—all of it on the Clinton-Obama divide. But as you can see above, the Hillary dead-enders are barely even here. A lone person (I thought male, then I heard a larynx make noises I couldn't ID) with a giant Hillary sign walked from a hotel to the convention center as cameras clicked. Over at the center, youngish McCain people joined in. More cameras clicked. Last night McCain people held a "Hillary happy hour" to woo faithless delegates.

The joke amongst fellow journalists today was that it would be 50 of us standing around the one Hillary supporter who showed up to consider voting for John McCain. [ed—I was one of these fellows.] Instead, I was surprised to find the actual ratio to be quite different. Though the party was largely filled with McCain supporters, there were several undecided Democrats in attendance.

Several! That's… slightly more than one. There's a lot more action among the 9/11 Truthers. But we reporters are gazing into the abyss, and the abyss is gazing also into us. Half the time we're bellyaching about the stupid coverage of the Hilltards, and half the time we're covering them.

That impacts our other coverage like this: Some of the delegates hate us. Multiple Hillary delegates refused to talk to me yesterday, worried they'd "get in trouble." Louisiana Hillary delegate Nate LaTour told me he'd vote for Obama, chided me for being part of "this typical media foolishness," then walked away.

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  1. Ironically, the Obama and Hillary factions are being united in their mutual hatred for the MSM, because the MSM is reporting on how divided they are.

  2. Ironically, the Obama and Hillary factions are being united in their mutual hatred for the MSM, because the MSM is reporting on how divided they are.

    I think it’s more that it’s all they ever hear. Pelosi gave a pretty bad speech last night, but when she came off the dais, Ann Curry asked her approximately 78 questions about Hillary Clinton.

    Instead, I was surprised to find the actual ratio to be quite different. Though the party was largely filled with McCain supporters, there were several undecided Democrats in attendance.

    Here’s a different take from someone at the Great Orange Satan.

    I’d gone with the noblest intentions of mockery. I figured such an event, aimed surely at disrupting the convention and receiving free media coverage, surely deserved to be disrupted itself, or at least Rickrolled or something. But when I got there, I found little to mock.

    They had a private party in a small room of a generic bar, and truly, it was the room of the damned. There was a smattering of actual PUMAs, outnumbered perhaps 3 to 1 by genuine McCain Republicans looking to create a press event, noshing on thoroughly unappetizing appetizers, and taking advantage of a theoretically open bar and the open hearts of a few unrelenting Clinton fans, so thoroughly crushed by the loss of the candidate in whom they believed so strongly, that they were willing to present themselves to the world as a Democratic joke and a Republican prop.

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