8.06 pm - Shorter David Gergen: 'Waah! It's boring! Entertain us!'
Who knew that the real purpose of the convention was to entertain the TV people? Glad he straightened that out for me.
This, fundamentally, is the problem with pundits and why I prefer the unexpurgated feed. They see this whole political process as a source of entertainment, rather than a process that has real material impact on ordinary people. This convention is a show for them, a piece of political choreography that's being judged for its impact on them, if it plays to them, instead of if it matters to us.
Frakking smug bastards.
8.14 pm - they just can't stop showing the awkward dancing, can they? If Gergen was looking for a unified theme, this would be it: progressives might be wonky but they can't dance.
But Roomie and I will say this about the CNN coverage - it's chock full of useful trivia. Stats on gay, black and latino delegates and a rolling schedule of the night's events. How very new media. It's like they almost know what Twitter is. Or someone remembered what Pop Up Video was.
8.18 pm - Caroline Kennedy, hammering home the point that the programs ordinary Americans use and depend on exist because of Ted Kennedy. Good point.
8.30 pm - Roomie just said that Ted Kennedy looks like Mrs. Doubtfire. Sigh.
8.45 pm - Miguel del Valle. What I really want: a whole speech in Spanish. Wouldn't that just freak out Joe Scarborough?
(taking a brief convention break to send an email finalizing a coffee date.)