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"Infiltrierte Republikaner"

Der Blogger und Autor Michael Connery hat beim Parteitag der Republikaner deren Studenten Organisation infiltriert. Vor ein paar Monaten hatte ich Connerys Buch “Youth to Power: How Today’s Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow’s Progressive Majority” gelesen. Beim Parteitag der Republikaner habe ich Connery dann persönlich kennen gelernt.

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Demokraten und Republikaner feiern ihre Kandidaten: Eindrücke aus Denver und St. Paul

Unterschiedlicher hätten die beiden Wahlparteitage kaum sein können. Nicht nur die Größe, sondern auch die Atmosphäre war eine ganz andere. Es war offensichtlich, dass die Demokraten in diesem Wahljahr mehr Energie generieren können als die Republikaner. Historisch waren jedoch beide Nominierungsparteitage: Zum ersten Mal wurde ein Afro-Amerikaner zum Präsidentschaftskandidat einer großen Partei gewählt und zum ersten Mal wurde eine Frau zur Vizepräsidentschaftskandidatin der Republikaner gekürt.

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A Few Quick Thoughts About McCain’s Acceptance Speech

Can McCain do it? Can he outperform Palin? He certainly has to, if he doesn’t want the news media and the comedians to tear him apart.

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Double Standards, Abortion, & Palin's Speech

On Monday, the news broke that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. The story caused a intense debate about McCain’s judgment and the issue of teen pregnancy in the US. A prominent question has been whether it is even okay to talk about Palin’s daughter, since it is a private issue. Sure, it’s dicey, but isn’t it relevant considering Palin’s pro-life stance?

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Ironic Hostilitiy: Republicans Attacking the "Liberal" Media

Sitting in the press stands during the speeches last night was very intense. A lot of  hostility towards the media was expressed in the speeches. I felt the negative vibe and wondered if some people would like to throw things at us. Seriously! People in the audience were pointing at the writing press in disgust when the speakers mentioned the “liberal” bias of the media and then they started booing.

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The Issues on Labor Day: Bush, McCain, and Teen Pregnancy

Today, the Republican National Convention started in St. Paul/Minneapolis. The official program was shortened due to the potentially dangerous storm Gustav. The happenings on the floor in Xcel Center took place for only about 3 hours. President Bush, who was supposed to headline the evening stayed in Washington to deal with Gustav. One delegate told me that that is the best thing that could have happened. Having Bush in St. Paul, he argued, would have only given Obama more ammunition against McCain.

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Most Memorable Speech Lines at DNCC

Ted Kennedy (Massaschusetts Senator): “The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.”

David Patterson (New York Governor): “In 2007, John McCain voted with the administration 95% of the time. So if he is the answer, the question must be ridiculous.” 

Kathleen Sebelius (Kansas Governor): “There is no place like home. Or a home. Or a home. Or a home.” 

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History Making @ Invesco Field in Denver

Today, Barack Obama officially accepted the nomination as the candidate for president of the Democratic party, 45 years after Martin Luther King’s internationally known “I have a dream” speech.

 

 

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Countdown to the Convention

It’s just a few hours to go until the Democratic National Convention officially starts. I have been in town since the 21st. I have witnessed a transformation of the city in the last couple of days. Everybody is getting ready for the official opening of the convention Monday night 5 pm ET. The number of police cars and officers has substantially increased. Reports and politicians flocked to town and helicopters started flying regularly over the area.

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