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August 25, 2008 11:02 AM

Blogging the convention

Posted by David Postman

The Washington State Democratic delegation is blogging about what they see and hear in Denver.

What I wrote yesterday was about the lack of unity among the delegation. I see that the Democratic Party’s officially sanctioned delegation blogger says I was on the wrong track.

So if my colleagues in the press are looking for a good “disunity” story, I don’t think they’ll find one in the WA delegation. No doubt there are some unhappy folks in the room, but there is also a concerted effort to get everybody in line behind “the second best Democrat.”

But after listening a bit to what delegates were saying in Denver, David Goldstein had to moderate his advice for colleagues:

So while I don’t think there is much of a disunity story here, don’t expect anywhere near a unanimous vote from the WA delegation.

The “good story” that Goldstein dismisses is not about a party in trouble or anything that dramatic. But as he found, you only need listen to Clinton delegates to find very strong feelings about the role Hillary Clinton played in the primary season and a real yearning among her supporters that the convention pay proper homage to that.

One of my favorite convention stories that we see every four years is how there is no news at the convention; it is all staged and there are thousands of reporters who don’t know what to do. There isn’t “news” in the sense we know who the nominee is. But I’ve always said - I’ve covered six conventions - that if you’re a political reporter in an arena packed with political activists and you can’t find a story, you need to look for another line of work.

And when all else fails, interview each other:

In the absence of actual news, so far most of the media coverage seems to be media interviewing other media, and that includes the blogger tent (”The Big Tent”), which opened today.

You mean like this?

Today’s podcast from the Democratic Convention is something of a blogger- covering-the-media-covering-a- blogger- covering-the-media report.

MORE: The Blue Scholars are in Denver, too, and Slogging about it here.

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