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August 26, 2008

Denver Dispatch—August 26, 2008

I’m taking a short break from panels this morning, catching my breath, and hanging out in the Hyatt Regency lobby (the main DNC hotel). 

It’s hard to believe I’ve only been here for two days.  But here are some of my observations/experiences so far:

  • I’ve seen lots of political bold-faced names; it’s unavoidable.  It was great to be able to ask Van Jones about his new baby, to talk Brooklyn politics with E.J. Dionne, and to introduce myself to Gov. Don Siegelman (who said he thinks he remembers my uncle!)
  • Apart from those folks, I’ve been able to get together with old friends from distant cities, which would be great regardless of the occasion.  But being among a diverse, humongous group of progressives definitely creates a buzz that would be hard to replicate.
  • Souvenirs abound, both official and unofficial.  I managed to kill two birds with one stone by buying an official DNCC ’08 water bottle – now I know I won’t get dehydrated in the Mile High City! 
  • There are simply too many parties, concerts and other events to keep track of.  But the Democrats really planned this right, since convention-goers will have a 3-day weekend to recuperate!
  • The Kennedy and Obama speeches last night were incredible.  Period.  I watched the speeches along with other bloggers and assorted guests at the Big Tent, a structure near the Pepsi Center that gives bloggers a place to eat, work, and play and which is also hosting several panels and discussions.   Thanks, Google, for providing great smoothies!
  • And finally for now:  If Denver has such low humidity, how come my hair is still frizzy?

Til later,
Claire

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