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A Perfectly Executed Media Blackout

8:16 pm Aug. 31, 2008

As I look back on last Friday’s announcement by John McCain of his running mate, I’m still shaking my head about how effective the timing of it turned out to be, all but snuffing out the media momentum that Democrats hoped to gain. When I went to bed after midnight, …

All Smiles For Gov. Palin

7:56 pm Aug. 31, 2008

I visited four state delegations on Sunday in search of delegates and I couldn’t find anyone who wasn’t completely thrilled with John McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his running mate. Now, I have seen some political spin in my day, so I know that some of it …

A Change of Script

7:54 pm Aug. 31, 2008

Republicans didn’t have much choice as they start their convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.  They could go forward and take a lot of flak, or truncate their business for now in deference to Hurricane Gustav’s fury. They chose the latter, with John McCain being very pro-active about the change in …

Happy Birthday Dad!

1:55 pm Aug. 30, 2008

One thing that I am missing while on the road for these conventions is the 75th birthday of my father, who has taught me about politics and laid the groundwork for me to act like I know what I’m talking about when it comes to Congress and the political world. …

Thank You, St. Paul

11:52 am Aug. 30, 2008

Don’t get me wrong, Denver was a nice place.  But to have a convention in the Pepsi Center, there just wasn’t the type of work space that was really needed by the media.  So when we arrived at our spot in Minnesota early on Saturday morning, I was all smiles. …

The Experience Argument

9:29 pm Aug. 29, 2008

By choosing Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate, John McCain seems to have undermined a key tenet of his campaign so far, that Barack Obama is not experienced enough to be President. It’s a classic argument really.  It was made against Bill Clinton when he ran in …

Conservatives Thrilled By McCain Pick

9:16 pm Aug. 29, 2008

As news was breaking Friday of John McCain’s choice for running mate, both sides tried their best to influence the way the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin was going to be reviewed by the news media and the voters of the US. Most Democrats ridiculed the choice, with Sen. Barbara …

McCain-Palin

1:00 pm Aug. 29, 2008

I’m writing this quickly before leaving Denver to go to Minneapolis for the Republican Convention, where John McCain will be nominated for President, and now Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his running mate. After watching her speak at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, I was struck by several things. …

Inside Mile High Stadium

7:04 am Aug. 29, 2008

I spent several hours inside Mile High Stadium in Denver before Barack Obama made his acceptance speech to Democratic delegates and thousands of others jammed into the NFL stadium of the Denver Broncos. It was every bit as impressive of a venue as you might expect. The whole tiff over …

Obama The Nominee

1:44 am Aug. 29, 2008

If you were hoping that Barack Obama would throw a tire and flub his acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium in Denver, you were betting on the wrong longshot.  Nothing seemed to go wrong as the Illinois Senator made history. Democrats can head home today with a big smile on their …