A lot of the Friday chatter was about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s pick for VP nominee. Most of the Democrats were pretty pleased with her selection. More than one said it was reminiscent of George Bush’s 1988 pick of Dan Quayle, suggesting that both picks overlooked more experienced and/or qualified candidates in an attempt to reach a demographic group. Of course, any pick like this is made with political calculations and considerations, and we’ll know how this one panned out in November.
On that subject and others, here are some comments heard and overheard in Denver the week of the Democratic National Convention.
“I think it’s great. She’s anti-choice, pro-gun, no experience. I’ve met her and she’s very nice, but she’s a great one for Democrats to run against.”
- Woman on the selection of Palin as GOP VP candidate
“[There are] some second rate celebrities. I don’t know who they are, and I don’t care. (Pause) And I know you don’t either.”
- Older man on street when I asked why a small mob of gawkers was blocking the sidewalk ahead.
“I’ve been to the Olympics, and that is much easier to sneak into than the convention. Here you have professional bluff runners who will call you on it, and you aren’t getting by on a bluff at the convention.”
“I’ve been to the Republican convention, and it is nothing like this.”
“Yes, she gave the speech last night that she should have given in May and then shut up.”
- Woman on rail transportation speaking on phone about Hillary’s speech.
“You have a guy in Alabama, Davis, that could be right there where Barack Obama is. He’s that good.”
- Washington, DC, camera man on Artur Davis when he learned on a media bus that I was from Alabama
“I hear the Alabama delegation threw quite a party the other night. Music in the alley? I wish our delegation would do something like that. Everybody’s talking about it.”
- Colorado volunteer convention host upon meeting Alabamians on the street
“I’ve heard people say, ‘I wouldn’t beg Joe Reed for floor tickets,’ and I’m like, ‘Are you crazy? I would! For floor tickets? Sure!’”
“Yep, I’m one of a few professional pedi-cab drivers. This is what I do.”
“I’m so excited about Obama. He inspired me to run as a delegate. I have already made my reservations for a hotel in Washington in January.”
- Mississippi delegate on plane to Denver