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Monday, July 26, 2004
 
Remember when Al Gore won the popular vote?

It appears that everyone is more interested in Easterbrook than Karaoke. Surprising.

How 'bout those Democrats?

I've been watching the speeches at the convention tonight. It's mostly boring, but one very intriguing thing is going on. Watching the early speeches on C-Span (i.e. the ones before prime time), I got to hear Terry McAuliffe and Steny Hoyer, among others. The speeches were pretty much what you would expect, except for the fact that several speakers made hay out of the 2000 elections, and how the Democrat won the popular vote. The crowd was on its feet hooting and yelling about it. Al Gore spoke at 7 (CDT), the first to speak after national broadcasting began. Naturally he referred to the last election as well, but after him the subject went away.

I find it interesting that the Dems are fanning the flames of 2000 among the delegates, but hushing it up for the general public. OK, maybe not hushing it up, but clearly not emphasizing it. Plenty of people I know would be happy to hear the Democrats talk a lot more about 2000. I am interested to see whether we'll hear more about it in the campaign now. I don't expect Kerry to talk about it, but other Democrats might.

Clinton is about to speak. Must go.

 
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