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September 04, 2008

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There were 1,079 black delegates to the DNC last week, 24.3 percent of the total.

Of course, the Democratic party has rules requiring delegations to be diverse because we value diversity. The Republicans make no such claim, and minorities therefore feel far less valued.

Interesting staging, as McCain emerges from total darkness in the hall - representing his POW imprisonment, of course - to the cheers of his party.

Oh no, the Videodrome screen is back.

McCain is standing rock-star like at the end of a runway jutting out from the main stage. This is, supposedly, to help him enjoy the town-hall vibe in which he does better than formal speech settings.

I think his standing O went on nearly as long as Palin's last night ... but not quite. He's finally starting.

The green screen is back! Don't these people ever learn?

Less than a minute in, he's talking about 9/11.

To clarify, he actually mentioned 9/11 before noting the special guests present.

C-SPAN showed a protester in the rafters, wearing an Iraq Veterans Against the War shirt and flashing two peace signs. Nice.

Nice applause as he talks about Cindy.

For those of you who didn't get the green screen ref:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qBtjycMRIo

A note to Obama and his supporters: "We'll go at it these next two months ... but you have my respect and admiration ... We are fellow Americans, and that's an association that means more to me than any other."

"But let there be no doubt, my friends, we're going to win this election."

Looks like some Code Pink protesters. They're being dragged out amid shouts of USA! USA!

"Americans want us to stop yelling at each other, OK?" McCain says.

McCain is trying to talk about the economy, but people keep shouting USA. It's pretty weird. He finally got his thought out, and now he's introducing Palin, to more pandemonium.

Says being a maverick means he doesn't work for a party or for himself. "I work for you."

Eight years ago, I would've believed this. Now, we know he works for Rush Limbaugh and Phyllis Schlafly.

Interesting that he just mentioned the Latina daughter of an immigrant family in the same breath as those who came on the Mayflower. "We're all Americans."

I wonder what Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo would say to that.

A litany of boos as McCain says his opponent will raise taxes, close markets, and force families into a government-run health system "where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor."

And of course insurance companies never do that, do they?

That section will need some serious fact-checking, because every last thing he said was total BS.

Just telegraphed that he'll privatize Social Security.

"I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy." Yes, all the middle class folks, everyone making less than, oh, say $5 million.

Says Obama wants to "wish back old jobs." In fact, Obama is dedicated to millions of new jobs in a clean, green economy.

McCain is talking about using community colleges to help people retrain for new jobs, but not mentioning what sort of jobs those would be.

"Education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century." Speaks of school choice, and of course by this he means vouchers. Lots of cheers.

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