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The Dems Do Denver

The Dems Do Denver

Raging Moderate, by Will Durst

Will Durst was blogging during the Democratic National Convention, and here are his final reports to wrap it up for readers:

Pro-Good, Anti-Bad

You can sense it. People are in a state of shock here in Denver. In a surprise move, after a secret vote taken some time during the last day of their 45th quadrennial convention, the Democrats pronounced themselves to be firmly on the side of good; and although they acknowledge the existence of bad, after much internal struggle, they have reached an accord, and it is now apparent, they are aligned against it.

You could go so far as to say they are adamantly against all forms of bad. Including warm gin in martinis.So there you have it: the word out of the Pepsi Center-- the Democrats have achieved a conversion to pro-good, anti-bad.

This sweeping change in the direction of the party is thought to have been engineered by the Obama team in a radical departure from the "good is sometimes good while bad is nearly always bad" themes of previous tickets. The 'feels good to be bad,' the "too much good can be bad" and "a little short term bad might begood in the long run" splinter groups have had their credentials yanked and been given one way tickets back to Massachusetts and Northern California where they belong.

There is a mood of optimism here and a sense of momentum. A feeling that after eight long years of being locked out of the White House, perhaps now their time has finally come. Again. To be honest, this reporter hasn't seen this kind of enthusiastic confidence since Boston, four long years ago.

Red-Meat Stadia

If earlier in the week Michelle and Hillary hit homers and Bill Clinton knocked out a grand slam, it all just faded like batting practice in the fog after the candidate launched one over the scoreboard, past the parking lot and onto the closed and highly fortified empty expanse of Interstate 25 at the Obama Rama held in the Barackopolis constructed on Invesco Field at the Mile High Stadium in Denver on Thursday.

Yeah, I know. it's a mouthful; but to be truthful, so was the event.

We weren't just witnessing an acceptance speech; this was more of an ascension. And the 86,000 faithful in attendance were rewarded with a celebration anointing their messenger of hope to a higher plane. They danced and hugged and shouted and cried and acted like game show contestants moving onto the final stage.

The big loser was Denver's balloon guy, because apparently something silly like physics dictates you can't have the traditional convention wrapper-upper balloon drop in an outdoor stadium. You can have fireworks, but it's hard to tell which was the more spectacular; the pyrotechnics of the speech or those after.

For all of you naysayers who worry that Democrats are overly addicted to sprouts and don't do red meat, hah. That's right, I say, hah. The junior senator from Illinois showed up in a Hart Schaffner & Marx butcher's apron with a string of his opponent's entrails in his teeth.

And the Republicans have to recreate this next week? Good luck. I can't imagine John McCain following this is if he dressed in spandex and lit himself on fire. Although, it would be fun to watch.

During the Republican Convention, Will Durst will be blogging for Progressive.org and appearing at the Mounds Theater in St. Paul on September 2, 3 and 4. Also, check for daily videos at YouTube.

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