Protesters are having a bit of trouble deciding what they're protesting: "Democrats like to say that theirs is a 'big-tent' party, welcome to members of all stripes. The same description, it seems, applies to their protesters," Scott Helman writes in The Boston Globe. "As delegates began flooding into Denver yesterday for the start of today's Democratic National Convention, hundreds of antiwar demonstrators marched from the state capitol to the Pepsi Center, the convention headquarters. But just about all they shared was a march route and an opposition to the war in Iraq."
Not everyone's searching for something to do: "In time-honored fashion, members of Congress attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver will find a social calendar crammed with glitzy parties and lavish entertainment, all courtesy of those tireless friends of the powerful: Washington lobbyists," Cynthia Dizikes reports in the Los Angeles Times. "Lawmakers can sample single-malt Scotches, single-barrel bourbons or politically themed cocktails like the Blue State and the Maverick as guests of the Distilled Spirits Council. They can rub shoulders with celebrities like actor Ben Affleck and comedian Sarah Silverman, thanks to the nation's professional poker players."
"From a $5,000 'kick-off the convention' golf outing to VIP credentials being handed out for $1 million 'Presidential Sponsors,' corporate and special interest money is flowing into Denver this week right along with the politicians," Jim McElhatton reports in the Washington Times.
Others keeping busy: "There are a couple of dozen people in Denver trying to crash the party Not just any people, but Republican people, set up in a two story building about a mile and half from the Pepsi Center," ABC's John Berman and Ursula Fahy report. "We invited ourselves," says RNC communications director Danny Diaz.
Early draft of history, from Bloomberg's Al Hunt: "If [Obama] loses this election, however, one reason may be his inexplicable rejection of a series of debates or forums with his Republican adversary, John McCain. In this case, he bowed to conventional wisdom that he was ahead, so why take the risk? He may live to regret that decision."
"I apologize, by the way, I usually say 'heck,' especially after church. That sort of slipped out." -- Barack Obama, after saying "sure as hell" in his stump.
"I was never vetted, never on a short list of vice president, although on a lot of short lists for other things." -- The diminutive Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
ABC NewsNOW's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention starts Monday. Watch "Politics Live" with David Chalian and Sam Donaldson at 1 pm ET (11 am MT), with guest Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Full evening coverage runs from 5 pm ET to 11 pm ET (3 pm MT to 9 pm MT), hosted by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein. Guests include Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.
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