Inside the Press Area

7:28Inside the press area Obamamania takes no prisoners. The bloggers, who never entertained the pretense of objectivity, are the first to fall. One writer for local blog MNpublius is pacing the press area looking for a way out. "We are quarantined here!" he tells me. "It is morning in America. I wanna be cheering," he […]

Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

This is the way the Democratic Primary season ends, not with a bang but a whimper. The presidential campaign that started with a listening tour designed to state the obvious — that people wanted Hillary Clinton to run — will end the same way, with people telling her it’s time to hang it up. Earlier […]

Turn It Down

Press access to the general public has now been cut off. The only way out of the press area is through the tunnel. According to Tim Russert, Obama’s people are negotiating Hillary’s withdrawal. Hillary insists she should be offered the VP position, so she can turn it down and withdraw with dignity. Obama’s people are […]

MSNBC — Reporting from the Twin Cities

The screams continue as the overhead screens show MSNBC reporting from right here, the Xcel Center. Ah… now I understand why news reports always show people cheering in the background. They’re just cheering themselves on. How quaint. Somehow, as a viewer, you always assume the cheers are for the politician. (I should have known better.) […]

Eye of the Storm

After the press is settled in, the doors open to the general public. It’s about 10 past six. The crowds file in, steadily, slowly, filling the arena. Is this an arena? I think it is. And right now, it feels like we’re the show — broken gladiators. I don’t see anyone turn to the crowd. […]

When I say "O", You Say "Bama!"

7:00 p.m. Out on the sidewalk, the lines of people snake around the block. A pack of Obama playing cards sells for $10. The Obama volunteers are warming up the crowd as they make their way into the venue. "When I say O," chants one Obama volunteer. "You say…" "BAMA!" the crowd yells back.

Meet the Press

Finding the press area was hard enough. All the way on the other side. No, go back the way you came. Straight down there and to the left. Down by the loading area. Across the street. Down. Down. Really? We have to cross the street — away from the Xcel Center — to get in. […]

Something in the Air

I’m not easily moved — not by people anyhow, not by masses, that is. I was certainly moved by Brendel’s performance at Orchestra Hall a few months ago. And now, now I am moved. This time by people coming together. How sappy that sounds. How cynical I am. The Xcel is engulfed in bodies, live […]

Jumping Off the Kawarau Bridge

Dear Daughter, Having a grand time in New Zealand, but if you don’t stop fussing, we’re not sending any more postcards. Just remember that 70 is the new 30. Guess what’s hot in Queenstown? [reference to postcard photo — bungy jumping off the Kawarau Bridge] Sometimes in the nude! We tried it with our clothes […]

Bags Save Lives

Today marks the opening of Imaginary Bags at One On One Bicycle Studio (117 North Washington). For one week, a limited series edition of messanger bags — with one-of-a-kind graphics by eight local and national artists — will be on display at One On One, and open for auction bids. The weeklong event — a […]