Good analysis of convention blogging

· Event blogging

Dan Bricklin has put together an insightful analysis of how “event blogging” works and has pulled together a pretty accurate view of what the bloggers have been experiencing and writing about, in What we learn from the Convention blogging.
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The future of the Democratic Party

· conventionology

Barack Obama’s speech got more and more intense as he went along. Jerome Armstrong from My Due Diligence said at first he was worried that Obama might pull an ’88 Clinton and just meander on and bore people, but the energy built and built and by the end of the speech the convention hall was in an uproar.
It’s an open secret that Obama is considered a real comer in the party. Now that he’s nearly guaranteed to take the Illinois Senatorial seat in a walk, his future looks bright. Chris Rabb from Afro-Netizen™, who lives in Chicago, pointed out to me that the worst thing they can pin on Obama is the “liberal” label, and even in that regard he has no track record of votes to deride. Something tells me that even a liberal can be elected these days when he’s intelligent, charismatic, and a good speaker with a strong message.

Blogging not being at the convention

· Event blogging

Jim Allenspach of is giving us blow-by-blow coverage of what it’s like not to be blogging the convention:

… I didn’t fly in yesterday on a hastily scheduled flight, after not receiving late word that my credentials were approved for the event. Already this morning, I’ve not gone to breakfast with Illinois senate candidate (and keynote speaker) Barack Obama, not been shouted at by protestors on my way to convention headquarters at Boston’s FleetCenter, and not been interviewed by camera crews on my opinion of the nominees….. Stay tuned through the rest of this week, to see what I’m not doing at the 2004 Democratic National Convention!

Howard Dean drinking game

· conventionology

It won’t be televised on the regular networks, but Howard Dean is scheduled to address the campaign delegates tonight. Here is a drinking game that is circulating among alumni of his wired campaign:

Howard Dean Convention Speech Drinking Game
1 shot
Any mention of the word idear
Any mention of strong, strength, stronger
Any bad joke about the Red Sox
Any mention of Kerry with the word hero
Any time he says “In Vermont.”
Any time he sounds like the man you really wish were speaking on Thursday
Any mention of Bush and one-way bus back to Crawford Texas.
Any mention of healthcare coupled with a long list of countries.
2 shots
If anything “turns out not to be true”
If he talks about the “end of the civil rights movement”, or MLK, Jr
If any great lies are told by people like him to people like us
If he tells any story that you remember from the blog
If we are reminded of the great loss to our sense of community
If we are informed that WE have the power (extra shots if we are reminded more than once)
If you cry
3 shots
If he mentions Fahrenheit 9-11
If he does the double arms out finger point
If Dean accidentally slips up and says, “What I wanna know…”
If he makes a reference to Ralph Nader
If we are thanked very much more than twice (extra shot each “thank you very much” above two)
5 shots
Any mention of Costa Ricans
If he says he represents the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party
If he makes fun of Gerry McEntee
If he calls Bush a miserable failure
If he mentions there being more than one America, perhaps two.
If he references any sort of bat
Any jokes about a scream
If he gives a shout out to Nicco