12:30 pm MT: I got to Invesco Field at Mile High a little while ago — and in a word, wow.
It’s hard to comprehend what the moment tonight will look like. For starters, the columns don’t look as ridiculous as I thought they would. Something did need to be a backdrop, and they’re going to fill in "real people" around the fake columns.
Then realize that this is an NFL football stadium. Every seat will be filled. One of those cameras that give you a great glimpse of a running play is placed above the field, on a series of wires.
It’s a clear, cool-ish day in Denver — no chance of rain. It will be just past sunset in the mountains when Barack Obama comes out to speak.
Stevie Wonder just did a sound check and played a bit of a few songs. So did Sheryl Crow, Will I Am and John Legend. Al Gore checked out the stage and gave a wave.
So much will depend on what Obama says, not what he looks like when he says is. (But when’s the last bad speech you remember him giving?)
The McCain campaign will surely be watching for moments it can parody. It may even find a few.
But this event tonight — even aside from the organizing opportunities it represents — is likely to look and feel like nothing we’ve ever seen before in American politics.