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Winning The West

McCain energizes Republicans
Thursday, September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The speech is over. The balloons have fallen. “Barracuda,” in honor of Sarah “Barracuda” Palin blared from the sound system as Republican Sen. John McCain and his VP pick took a victory lap to the edge of the stage.
Protesters interrupt McCain
Thursday, September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Are you watching this? Protesters are interrupting Arizona Sen. John McCain's speech here tonight.
Bar talk positive toward Palin
Thursday, September 4, 2008
No hangover in the Twin Cities, with conservatives having closed the bars and moved right on to bloody mary bars after Sarah Palin's impressive performance last night.
A lot different than Denver
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A few closing thoughts as the evening here begins to close:
Sarah has left the building
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin has left the hall, and so have half the attendees.
Hitting Harry hard
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — VP nominee Sarah Palin wasn’t kidding when she said the only difference between hockey moms and pit bulls was the hockey moms wore lipstick.
Drilling and drubbing
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Drilling good. Harry Reid bad.
Getting fired up
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — It's starting to look like a convention here.
Rudy wows the Republicans
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — They're not booing.
Playing to the crowd
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Michael Steele is revving up the crowd.
Convention security tight, but polite
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Threatened by hotel security with eviction if I shot (photos) or interviewed anyone else in the hotel.
Politics, policy and polls
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Inside the hall now. The Israel Project has left a press release for me at my seat.
Oratory as background noise
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
An unfortunate aspect of these conventions, both Democrat and Republican, is that you often wind up with people making important speeches, interesting speeches, compelling speeches, while no one listening.
Cathedral evokes humility
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Just walked up a hill to the Cathedral of St. Paul. A true architectural wonder, a Roman Catholic church of western European grandeur, with touches of central and Eastern Europe.
Raving over Rove
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Karl Rove, in the lobby.

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