DENVER, CO-Hey everyone. I told some of you I was going to Denver. As they say here at Docudharma, “Here I am.”
It was a pretty long trip and I had to figure out the whole public transportation thing. After no sleep and an empty stomach (Midwest Airlines charges for lunches on their flights!!!!) trying figure out how to get into Denver got a helluva lot harder. But I made it. The cool thing about the flight was sitting behind Rich, editor of Michigan Liberal. Great guy.
Denver’s definitely clamped down to the max. Police are in riot gear all over the city. Helicopters are flying overhead. When I got into town I went straight over to The Big Tent. It’s interesting. It’s like a Oscar party of some sorts with
Entertainment Tonight-esque MTV-like reporters outside the entrance. There’s also lotsa security. Why, I don’t know. Picked up my creds five minutes before they closed and that was that.
I checked out The Tattered Covered Bookstore. It’s a big and beautiful independent bookstore right next door to the Big Tent. I only bring this up because as I was sitting oustide, going through my Big Tent “goodie bag,” I saw George Stephanopolous. We made eye-contact, nodded to each other, and he went in the bookstore. Didn’t get to talk to him (or grill him).
It kinda feels like all the locals have evacuated the city and the only people around are conventioneers, media folks, and cops. There are all these people walking around on cellphones, wearing credentials around around their necks, and all the men are wearing navy blue blazers and the women look all chi-chi’ed up. It’s like being in Boston on Newbury Street… if you know what that means.
I didn’t make it to the Recreate ’68 rally yesterday. However, the annoying Grif Jenkins of FOX News covered it and let’s just say, the demonstrators were there to greet him. Some of you may have seen this already. If not, here it is. Caution…. Rated-R profanities to follow- LOL!
Here’s another perspective of that same rally.
I was actually kinda disturbed with the little girl on the dad’s shoulders. She got caught in the middle of the ruckkus and she really shouldn’t have been there. I’m not against bringing children to rallies. I actually encourage it. I just don’t think she should have been exposed to this. I dunno. Maybe the dad was in a situation out of his control. It doesn’t mean Grif Jenkins should be accosted. He damn well should. I would just remove that girl from the situation as fast as I can.
OK. Enough of my soapbox. I’m here to report on the stuff that matters. Today is Monday and here’s the agenda at The Big Tent. I plan on being there most of the day and will have some live dispatches from the event. Expect lotsa pictures too. If you have any ideas on things you like to see, let me know. I plan on covering some of the rallies, spot interviews with shakers and movers of the Democratic Party and the blogosphere, etc. I’ll be at the PDA conference on Friday and hope to speak with Vincent Bugliosi, author of “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.”
Look forward to hearing from you. On my way down to The Big Tent.