The Republican National Convention is scheduled this week in the Twin Cities (if God and Gustav cooperate*), but we've found some tasty leftovers from last week's Democratic revelry in Denver:
What was it like at Mile High on Thursday night? Read firsthand reports from Jill at New West, Nicole at Notes From the Floor, and Blue Girl From a Red State (I especially like this one, written by 23-year-old Canyon County delegate Megan Nagel). Earlier in the day, 43rd State Blues captured video postcards home from these folks: Gail Bray, Grant Burgoyne, Larry LaRocco, Nicole LeFavour, Debu Majumdar, Obama chief of staff (and Boise High grad) Jim Messina, Megan Nagel and Estella Zamora, and the Northern Idaho delegation.
A cheering Idaho delegation made "The Daily Show," 15 seconds into this clip.
In a story by The Argus Observer, state party chair Keith Roark looked beyond November to offer this goal: "In two years, we want a Democrat in the state house." (And why not? Idaho is one of only two states in the Mountain West that do not have Democratic governors.)
Thanks to Brett and Ira for helping with links throughout the big week. Idaho sends its thoughts and prayers to the Gulf Coast with the wish that storm damage is as light as possible.
* In curtailing the convention's opening day, presumptive GOP nominee John McCain told USA Today, "I hope and pray that we will resume our normal operations as quickly as possible, but some of that, quite frankly, is in the hands of God."
Chris Cilizza of The Washington Post assesses the possible political impacts of a swamped RNC in this post.