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In the Pepsi Center: View From the D.C. Seats

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This was the view of Caroline Kennedy from D.C.'s seats.

DENVER -- One of the first questions for delegates at a convention is: Where will they be seated? As a small state--er, city--with few electoral college votes, the District is predictably not high on the list for seating choices. At the Pepsi Center, that meant the city's delegates had to travel up a long escalator to the club level, on the far left of the stage. Seated around the District were the Virgin Islands, Connecticut, Idaho, America Samoa and Rhode Island. (Surprisingly, Maryland's seats were just as bad as the District's.)

The prime real estate on the convention floor, right in front of the stage, went to Illinois and Delaware, home to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, along with key swing states such as Florida, Michigan, Colorado and Ohio, as well as New York, home to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Delegate and former D.C. Council member Arrington Dixon.

The D.C. delegation was ably represented by delegates Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, shadow Sens. Michael Brown and Paul Strauss, Arrington Dixon, Pauline Chapman, Anthony Muhammad, Peter Rosenstein, Jerry Clark and D.C. Wire blogger Jeff Richardson. Also there were D.C. superdelegate Mona Mohib, former Mayor Sharon Pratt, activist John Capozzi, Robert A. Malson, President of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, and John Falcicchio, advisor to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Fenty and most of the city's elected leaders were back in the District for the first day of school, but D.C. Council members Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser showed up near the end of the night, having caught a late flight from Washington. (Fenty and others will come to Denver on Tuesday.)

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It wouldn't be a convention without D.C.'s favorite issue.

By David A Nakamura  |  August 25, 2008; 11:54 PM ET
 
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Ted Kennedy gave an eloquent speech last night at the Democratic National Convention speaking of passing the torch to the next generation of Americans and he ended his speech with the words “The Dream Lives On” but not the dreams of Mary Jo Kopechne who Ted Kennedy killed in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol.

The Kennedys have brought into the lives of Americans a lot of joy and a lot of tragedy.

Let’s stop elevating onto a pedestal people like Ted Kennedy who is nothing like his brothers and accept the fact he killed a woman and got away with it and now expect us to respect him!


Posted by: Ted Kennedy Is A Murderer | August 26, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

These comments are not only uncalled for, they are abhorrent.

This is a public forum and users should conduct themselves accordingly. Neither of these comments meet even the smallest of ethical guidelines.

Posted by: uniongal | August 26, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

That's because both comments are from the same person. All he does is post on this blog because he's been banned from just about every other blog and listserve for posting under multiple aliases, posting libelous material, and attacking other posters.

Posted by: Observer | August 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Observer, agreed. It's spamming. But I'm disappinted in the Wire and the Post for allowing the commenter who could be tracked based on the IP and banned, as opposed to use of the multiple aliases. And worse, the comment is still on the thread. His freaking posted by has "murderer" in it, which is not only offensive, but ludicrous to be using such terms in reference to anyone, including a US Senator (never charged with the crime of murder, manslaughter or even negligent homicide in connection with that case). It's tantamount to me using a by line of "Bush, the Terrorist" or "Bush: one step better than Hitler" which no matter how I feel are still ludicrous and obnoxious and completely uncalled for on any posting or thread, just as is the spammer who equates a sitting senator to that of a murderer.

Posted by: union | August 27, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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