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The Fix Heads to Denver

Starting today, The Fix will take this show on the road -- first to Denver for the Democratic National Convention and then to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention.

In addition to trying to provide the latest and greatest in political news from both conventions right here on The Fix, we are also taking part in a little bit of history: the first live Webcast by a newspaper from the two party gatherings.

Along with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, The Fix will be anchoring the convention coverage from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET every day, and then popping in and out for the gavel to gavel coverage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

Make sure to check it out at http://www.washingtonpost.com/postpoliticstv and to check back on The Fix regularly (hourly, minute by minute, etc.) for all of the news and notes from the two conventions.

Also, we need the help of Fixistas yet again for dining recommendations while in Denver. (St. Paul's finest eateries will be next week.) If you've got a favorite restaurant, coffee shop or bar, do tell in the comments section below.

The Fix -- and all of his traveling companions at the Post and post.com -- thank you in advance.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 22, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: ma725zda | August 25, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIN BIDEN 08

This really sounds like a winning ticket - now which state were they supposed to carry?


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Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

c595t

Posted by: ma99zda | August 23, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm with the PUMA's....I'm a Dem who will vote McCain if this Obama sham continues.

Posted by: Shelby | August 23, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

don't for get to feed your sea monkey's before you leave for Denver.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 23, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

You've got to try Cafe Berlin on 14th St, just a few blocks down from the Hyatt. Best German food in town!

Posted by: John | August 22, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is extremely misguided - they are deceiving themselves into believing that they can make up for history by voting for Obama - what a joke.

The democrats want to nominate a black so badly - Jim Crow happened, slavery happened - voting for an underqualified cocaine snorting empty suit slimy fish Obama is not going to help race relations.

If ANYTHING, Obama's campaign tactics have HURT RACE RELATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY.

Obama is not even a descendent of slaves.

Obama is simply trading off the REAL SLAVE DESCENDENTS - Obama comes from a BLACK MUSLIM SOCIALIST FAMILY.


The Democratic Party is jumping and gushing at Obama who has no experience in running anything not even a dog catching department and no economic experience except for buying cocaine -


Can anyone please explain this CLEAR DELUSION?


The democrats have not noticed yet that Obama is a Black Muslim whose father was a Socialist and Obama is probably a great deal closer to being a Socialist himself than most people imagine.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have so much white guilt - they are deceiving themselves into believing that they can make up for history by voting for Obama - what a joke.

they want to nominate a black so badly - Jim Crow happened, slavery happened - voting for an underqualified cocaine snorting empty suite slimy fish Obama is not going to help race relations.

If ANYTHING, Obama's campaign tactics have HURT RACE RELATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY.

Obama is not even a descendent of slaves.

Obama is simply trading off the REAL SLAVE DESCENDENTS - Obama comes from a BLACK MUSLIM SOCIALIST FAMILY.

The democratic party has jumped at Obama who has no experience in running anything not even a dog catching department and no economic experience except for buying cocaine -


AND the democrats have not noticed yet that Obama is a Black Muslim whose father was a Socialist and Obama is probably a great deal closer to being a Socialist himself than most people imagine.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

dl- are you reporting or predicting?

Posted by: bsimon | August 22, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Chris not to say I told you so...

but I told you so.

It's Biden.

(even with all the red herrings that have been trhown out there...Obama IS the guy Ithought he was in NH...smart...and smarter)

Posted by: dl | August 22, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

king of zouk, posting as obamanable snojob, writes
"Media jackels, please..."


Zouk, we've been through this before. There is no 'e' in jackals.

Posted by: bsimon | August 22, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's Recap What We Found Out About The Real John McCain This Week:


>> He doesn’t remember how many houses he owns, and even the press can't figure out if it's 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12


>> He needs a 9-car motorcade to buy a Cappuccino at Starbucks


>> He needs to look at notecards to "remember" the price of milk


>> His household budget includes $273,000 for servants


>> He thinks $5 million is the line between the middle class and the rich


>> He thinks our economy is basically sound


>> He doesn’t think anyone would accept an offer to pick lettuce for $50 an hour


>> He plans to announce his running mate with balloons and cake on August 29 while the rest of the country is mourning the victims of hurricane Katrina on the third anniversary of its arrival


A real man of the people---the top 0.01%percent of them, anyway.


Is it possible the Republican party has found someone more clueless than George W. Bush? Now that's what I call finding a needle in a haystack.


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, WINGNUTS!

Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 22, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

If it's Biden I just wish he was at the top of the ticket. I saw Obama's half brother on CNN and if he can let a family member live like that what's in it for the rest of us. Talk about cold. Benson didn't win it for what's his name that that ran and I think I wished Benson was at the top of that ticket also. Hillary was mistreated and that was a mistake on Obama's part. No way Pumas will get on board, well some maybe. She owes him nothing and she's done more than most would do in her place - I would have pulled a disappearing act. He'll be more than second guessed if he loses for not picking her. On the bright side Biden is the best politician of all choices including Hillary and a truly decent person. Maybe Obama can learn from him. Chet Edwards and family are truly first class people as well so all is not lost unless it's the election.

Posted by: txajohnson | August 22, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Alexandrian", if you weren't a troll meaninglessly causing trouble you'd post not anonymously, but with your true identity so you could take credit for breaking the story.

Posted by: Justin | August 22, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The sleazos are out in force tonight! McCain is going to have to buy a few more houses to put them all up in.

Posted by: tom | August 22, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Take it to the bank... Its bayh

The material being produced by Gill has arrived in Denver, and this info is confirmed by two sources.


When I told Sen Warner, he was surprised!!!!!

Posted by: Alexandrian | August 22, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

THE VEEPSTAKES "PLACEHOLDER THEORY":


Question:

If Obama does indeed announce his VP pick in the morning, could that person end up being just a "place holder" for the REAL VP pick -- who's name will be... Barack Obama??

And could the person who picks him be... Hillary Clinton?

...or Al Gore?

As Otter famously spurted out in "Animal House":

"Geez -- this is gonna be GREAT!!!

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 22, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Dano, as in "Book 'em, Dano."

And this is "undercover"?

Posted by: Eyes2U | August 22, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Check out Wynkoop Brewery for a pint - 18th & Wynkoop
Shish Kabob Grill for great Mid East food - Colfax & Grant
Falling Rock Tap House on Blake, they have 100 beers on tap
El Chaptultpec for late night jazz the way it was meant to be heard - Market & 20th
Snooze for breakfast - 23rd & Larimer
Sanchos Broken Arrow, it's a Grateful Dead tribute bar - Clarkson & Colfax
Mercury Cafe for organic food - 22nd & California
My Brothers Bar, there is no sign, Kerouac wrote about it to Neal Cassidy - 15th & Platte

Posted by: lp | August 22, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Don--what a big yawn.

write a few more paragraphs next time.

Posted by: dano | August 22, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse


Those of us attempting to carry on a conversation of considerable magnitude find it difficult to tolerate the mud slung our direction--or at a fellow American, or candidate--- but press forward we must.

Onward and Upward rides the moderate Obama Nation. Into the fray once more . . .

The health care expenditures of the United States were valued at $2 trillion in 2005.

This was equal to 16% of Gross Domestic Product, and it is a number that threatens to grow higher as an aging boomer population reaches retirement.

There are many health care questions which lie ahead, but none will be important than how to treat a growing, medically unfit and older population.

Cheaper remedies than the current system exist that will enable Americans for generations to come . . the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

In regards to true change in the health care system, a change that certainly will not happen overnight . . . . it is a debate but that must not be sidetracked by the politics.

And, like always, we represent our
sources of public held information:

via the cdc website

Posted by: delantero | August 22, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse


Those of us attempting to carry on a conversation of considerable magnitude find it difficult to tolerate the mud slung our direction--or at a fellow American, or candidate--- but press forward we must.

Onward and Upward rides the moderate Obama Nation. Into the fray once more . . .

The health care expenditures of the United States were valued at $2 trillion in 2005.

This was equal to 16% of Gross Domestic Product, and it is a number that threatens to grow higher as an aging boomer population reaches retirement.

There are many health care questions which lie ahead, but none will be important than how to treat a growing, medically unfit and older population.

Cheaper remedies than the current system exist that will enable Americans for generations to come . . the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

In regards to true change in the health care system, a change that certainly will not happen overnight . . . . however we side, the debate must not be sidetracked by politics.

And, like always, we represent our
sources of public held information:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/hexpense.htm

Posted by: delantero | August 22, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Check out Benny's Mexican. It's great and cheap. Great Margaritas too.

Posted by: Rick from Denver | August 22, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"And yet despite all that, he is sinking like a stone in the polls."

???

Not even close to reality.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 22, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

It goes well beyond the Keating Five
By: Steve Benen
When considering John McCain’s history of unethical behavior, the list usually starts (and ends) with the Keating Five scandal in the 1980s, for which McCain was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee for having shown, at a minimum, poor judgment. In the aftermath, McCain helped improve his public image, and bury the scandal, by becoming an advocate of campaign-finance reform.
But the notion that McCain cleaned up his act may not be entirely true. Take, for example, Donald Diamond, a wealthy Arizona real estate developer and generous McCain contributor, who wanted some coastal land in California freed up by an Army base closing.
When Mr. Diamond wanted to buy land at the base, Fort Ord, Mr. McCain assigned an aide who set up a meeting at the Pentagon and later stepped in again to help speed up the sale, according to people involved and a deposition Mr. Diamond gave for a related lawsuit. When he appealed to a nearby city for the right to develop other property at the former base, Mr. Diamond submitted Mr. McCain’s endorsement as “a close personal friend.”
Writing to officials in the city, Seaside, Calif., the senator said, “You will find him as honorable and committed as I have.”
Courting local officials and potential partners, Mr. Diamond’s team promised that he could “help get through some of the red tape in dealing with the Department of the Army” because Mr. Diamond “has been very active with Senator McCain,” a partner said in a deposition.
For Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican who has staked two presidential campaigns on pledges to avoid even the appearance of dispensing an official favor for a donor, Mr. Diamond is the kind of friend who can pose a test.
Ya think? The closer one looks at this, the worse it appears.
In California, the McCain aide’s assistance with the Army helped Mr. Diamond complete a purchase in 1999 that he soon turned over for a $20 million profit. And Mr. McCain’s letter of recommendation reinforced Mr. Diamond’s selling point about his McCain connections as he pursued — and won in 2005 — a potentially much more lucrative deal to develop a resort hotel and luxury housing.
In Arizona, Mr. McCain has helped Mr. Diamond with matters as small as forwarding a complaint in a regulatory skirmish over the endangered pygmy owl, and as large as introducing legislation remapping public lands. In 1991 and 1994, Mr. McCain sponsored two laws sought by Mr. Diamond that resulted in providing him millions of dollars and thousands of acres in exchange for adding some of his properties to national parks. The Arizona senator co-sponsored a third similar bill now before the Senate. […]
For the California projects, the campaign said the McCain aide arranged the introduction to an Army official for Mr. Diamond’s team as “a constituent matter.”
Oh, is that what the kids are calling it these days?
McCain helped a wealthy and generous donor buy land from the Army — complete with special water rights — for a quarter of a million dollars, which McCain’s buddy then sold two years later for $20 million. There’s a term for this — it’s called “influence peddling,” and it’s exactly the kind of thing McCain swears he never gets involved with.
If the Rezko story was considered a big deal by campaign reporters, the Donald Diamond issue should be huge. Why the New York Times ran this the day of the Pennsylvania primary, when it’s likely to get lost in the shuffle, is a mystery to me. If this same story ran on Thursday morning, it would have become the talk of the political world in a hurry.

Posted by: Don | August 22, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have so much white guilt -

they want to nominate a black so badly -


that they jumped at Obama who has no experience, no economic experience except buying cocaine -


AND the democrats have not noticed yet that Obama is a Black Muslim whose father was a Socialist and Obama is probably a great deal closer to being a Socialist himself than most people imagine.

.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Yazoo City BBQ on Broadway--you can walk. The real deal--plastic plates, no indoor seating, but ribs to die for. Trust me on this...

Posted by: BJM | August 22, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

WAS DRUDGE HOAXED?

That bumper sticker on Drudge looks like a fake... the graphix are so amateurish, I can't see the Obama campaign signing off on that design. A third-grader could do better.

Posted by: scrivener | August 22, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I doubt the ticket will be obama/bayh
Video: McCain “Americans Won’t Pick Lettuce for $50/hr”
http://sensico.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/video-mccain-americans-wont-pick-lettuce-for-50hr/

Posted by: fderk | August 22, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

i cant wait til the convention, Im going to be glued to the TV

Video: McCain “Americans Won’t Pick Lettuce for $50/hr”
http://sensico.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/video-mccain-americans-wont-pick-lettuce-for-50hr/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Libs and their hair?
Edwards - breck girl
Clinton - airports closed
Obama - now suddenly dies it gray
Bayh - Eeeeeekkkk

Posted by: obamassiah | August 22, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama-Bayh: Fey and Fey-er


But maybe it's going to be Hillary-Obama after all. Stay tuned. The putsch is soon to escalate from a skirmish to a full-scale war.

Posted by: scrivener | August 22, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, Obama outraises McCain by about $30 million."

And yet despite all that, he is sinking like a stone in the polls. could it be that the truth about Mr empty suit is emerging finally? It's funny how that happened right about the time normal people started paying attention.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 22, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

obama / bayh - milqutoast and limp noodle

Or as underdog used to say:

the antiwar guy and the sponsor of the war guy. makes sense for this flip-flopping hope and change empty suit.

Is there any pair of stooges more weak and effete?

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 22, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 22, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the reports about the Obama Bayh bumper stickers

wah wah wah

talk about Debbie downer


ugh.

I guess he wants to shoot himself in the foot.

Posted by: dl | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"“The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) made some fundraising headway in July, outraising its Democratic counterpart by more than $3 million and narrowing its cash-on-hand gap by about $4 million."

Meanwhile, Obama outraises McCain by about $30 million.

Is it just me or has Obama not been asking for as much money in August? I don't remember getting as many emails as I did in July.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reports a company in Kansas City, which specializes in political literature, has been printing Obama-Bayh material... MORE... Gill Studios, would not confirm information about the material. They would not deny it either. At least three sources close to the plant's operations reported the Obama-Bayh material was being produced...

Posted by: king of zouk | August 22, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has the nomination and is changing the Republican Party changes which will last for decades."

What are these changes, exactly?

Posted by: DDAWD | August 22, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Can I change my mind about the public financing thing? It seems my money has dried up after hillary was defeated and all my 199 dollar Arab contributions are slowing now that they think I might lose and not reward them with surrender and no drilling ever.

I foolishly used my judgment to spend loads of money in deep red states, you know, the ones where I won the primaries. I still can't figure that one out. and all that money to ACORN for voter registration (ha ha).

Please send more money folks. My lies demand that I respond to any slight within an hour before the truth gets out. and all my hobbies cost lots of money. Private Hawaiin beaches are not cheap and accountants to hide all the slush go for over 400 per hour. and then there are those expensive piano lessons. boo hoo.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 22, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The news out of Denver will be a traditional and "safe" Obama VP pick which will provide McCain a unique opportunity. McCain can pull a Cheney and after weighing all the obvious "traditional" candidates will pick someone from his Inner Circle - CARLY FIORINA.

Fiorina meets all McCain's requirements, complements his gaps/deficiencies and helps him the most with little or no downsides:

* Strong business experience to address his economic expertise weaknesses,
* She is someone he is comfortable working with unlike the Romneys on his list,
* Since she's never been in elective office, she doesn't have all those pesky votes to explain away,
* Reinforces his argument that he is a non-traditional, maverick politician who will bring a new, bottom-line, business approach to addressing the nation's problems,
* popular in the business community,
* would create incredible buzz to counter Obama's likely "safe" choice,
* instead of helping the campaign do better in the single home state of the selectee (i.e., Pawlenty in MN), choice of a woman could give McCain a lasting couple of percentage point boost among women in many states (he could retain more of the disaffected female Clinton supporters and/or attract other women who just want to see a woman in the mix).

Seems like a winning choice to me.

Posted by: Knyte Jem | August 22, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is gonna choose billionaire NYC mayor Bloomberg because that is his instruction from the oligarghy (international bankers and financiers) controlling the elections. Obama is their puppet. Bloomberg will privatize the US government to profit big time $$$ as planned because their wealth is going down with bad economy and currency. Bloomberg will privatize US programs, infrastructure and jobs and forsake President FDR's policies that benefits 80% of the forgotten people and Constitution.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

There are reports coming through european news wires that the British secret service is in poccession of a document that proves Obama is ineligible for the position of US Presidency.
Also a major lawsuit by a Clinton supporter in US Federal Court in Philadelphia claims the same thing.

Posted by: manolo | August 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

There are reports coming through european news wires that the British secret service is in poccession of a document that proves Obama is ineligible for the position of US Presidency.
Also a major lawsuit by a Clinton supporter in US Federal Court in Philadelphia claims the same thing.

Posted by: manolo | August 22, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

NRCC LEADS JULY FUNDRAISING
Roll Call, August 21, 2008: “The National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its Democratic counterpart in July, taking in about $9.2 million… The NRCC closed out the month with $14.1 million the bank...The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took in $6 million during the period – roughly one-third less than Republicans... Democrats raised less than $300,000 from their Caucus and political action committees.” (
Politico, August 21, 2008: “The National Republican Congressional Committee had one of its most successful fundraising months to date, outraising their Democratic counterpart by over $3 million in July… At least 70 members chipped in with contributions, most of which were over $100,000.”
CQ Politics, August 21, 2008: “[The] most recent fundraising numbers reported by the Republicans’ national House campaign committee suggest that they are not going down without a fight… The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) reported raising $9.2 million in July, its best month of fundraising since the beginning of the two-year campaign cycle in January 2007, on the strength of some big donations by its members.”
The Hill, August 21, 2008: “The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) made some fundraising headway in July, outraising its Democratic counterpart by more than $3 million and narrowing its cash-on-hand gap by about $4 million. The NRCC used a surge in member giving to raise $9.2 million, according to its latest Federal Election Commission report. It spent $3.5 million and increased its available funds to $14.1 million.

Posted by: Libs going broke with all that spending | August 22, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Rotten - maybe the pain and anguish you feel is caused by that enormous brain of yours being wedged into your little pea sized head.

Or most likely not.

Posted by: obama the liar | August 22, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"If you want a big plate of bullcrap, go to the corner of 37th & O Street."

The guy is mindbogglingly racist too.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 22, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"He has cancelled ads in Red states now and will run out of money soon enough."

Haha, yeah, keep waiting for that to happen.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 22, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

If you want a big plate of bullcrap, go to the corner of 37th & O Street.

This holds true wherever you are in the world, not just Denver.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 22, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain lives in a bubble where private jets, beachfront condos, mountain estates, $500 loafers, wining and dining are the NORM. And, there is nothing wrong with that if that is what you aspire to.


BUT IF YOU ASPIRE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WANT TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD YOU HAD BETTER CARE ABOUT HOW THAT ECONOMY AFFECTS YOUR CONSTITUENTS!!!


Pardon my yelling. And the numerous examples of McCain being clueless about this, from McCain's economic adviser Phil Gramm calling Americans whiners, to suggesting Americans are experiencing a mental recession, to the statement that the economy is fundamentally strong, to the fact he admits he doesn't know much about the economy, to the fact that he says he is not your guy if your issue is housing, to the fact that he can't remember or does not want to admit how many houses he has, to the fact that he often forgets important information on everything from the price of a gallon of gas to world geography and ethnic groups, all add up to create the TRUTH:


McCain has lived in a wealth sheltered bubble that has grown to larger and larger proportions and it has detached him from the REAL PAIN THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE EXPERIENCING


Posted by: Johnny Rotten | August 22, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I concur – the best food in Denver is in Boulder.

Posted by: FlownOver | August 22, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

If you like live music in a dive bar with speciality food, check out El Chapultepec. A must-visit everytime I hang out with the fam in CO. If you go there, it will immediately rank among your favorite bars, I promise.

Posted by: Court's America | August 22, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

There are lots of good restaurants in downtown Denver (though the options don't begin to compare to D.C.). My favorites -- Panzano (Italian), Tamayo (modern Mexican), Zengo (Asian-Mexican fusion), Capital Grille (steak), Rioja, Samba Room (Cuban), Vesta Dipping Grill (grilled meats and amazing sauces), Elways (steak). Have fun!

Posted by: clear2d | August 22, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Media jackels, please continue to ignore any of my faults or lies. It is my only chance. concentrate on Mccains shoes. a lot of voters want to hear about that. not my extremist abortion policies. not my total lack of any energy policy. I already said to inflate your tires. what else do you want? I even locked the wife in the basement. What does it take to fool an entire country (at least 51% of it anyway)?

did I mention I have two cute little kids?

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 22, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Not much help with Denver (there are no good eateries there...head on up to Boulder), but in Minnesota, cross over the bridge to Minneapolis. Near the downtown Holiday Inn is a Japanese restaurant that makes a homemade green-ginger ice cream that is so yummy you wont even care about the dinner (and that is pretty darn food , too)! Stay away from the Brown Palace. The food is only so-so, and the rooms have all of that "ambiance" that means they are OLD and draft with lumpy beds...

Posted by: Observer | August 22, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Best Place For Dinner

Rioja
Mizuna (get the lobster mac and cheese to start)
Sushi Den or Sushi Hai
Table Six (good American food)
Bistro Vendome (good french food in lodo)
Steubens' (comfort food)

Posted by: pw | August 22, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

In response to 37th and O on as the weekend begins:


WHY A FRI/SAT NEW DUMP FROM OBAMA? THERE WON'T BE. BECAUSE HILLARY TURNED HIM DOWN.

• Theory: He knows she's got the delegates to beat him
• Theory: He's working on a counter-strategy so he can be VP to Gore, not to Clinton

Prediction: There will be no announcement until after the roll call;

The announcement will be from Hillary, not Obama;

And Obama will be the Dems' VP pick. Which is as far as he deserves to get (and many would say even that would be an unearned gift).

Guilt only goes so far. The Dems have to win.

Hillary will be the kingmaker (stage whispers by Bill).

So go out and have fun this weekend and leave the Blackberrys and cellphones at home. There will be no text message from Obama (unless it's an "S.O.S.")

That's my prediction. Have an Obamanistic weekend!

Posted by: scrivener | August 22, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The narrative of this year's Democratic National Convention can be forecast with some assurance. It will emphasize Barack Obama's roots in Kansas more than Kenya or even Hawaii; it will portray him as a leader from a new generation eager to cast off the partisanship of the past decade; it will hail him as a symbol that America has risen above past prejudices and can once again stand proud in the world. His acceptance speech in Invesco Field will invite comparison with the other two Democratic nominees who spoke in stadiums, Franklin Roosevelt in Philadelphia's Franklin Field in 1936 and John Kennedy in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960.

Pretty thin. An interesting question is whether mainstream media have any appetite for undermining this undeniably attractive narrative. Of "the whole Obama narrative," one reporter told the New Republic's Gabriel Sherman, "like all stories, it's not entirely true." Obama's record of reaching across party lines is, as his own answer to Rick Warren's recent Saddleback Civil Forum question showed, pretty thin. His paper trail is surprisingly thin, too: He has left no papers from his Illinois Senate days; he hasn't listed his law firm clients or provided more than one page of medical records; the papers of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which he chaired and in which the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers was heavily involved, were suddenly closed to National Review's Stanley Kurtz by the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois. Mainstream media, with the conspicuous exception of ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, have shown little curiosity about Obama's connection with Ayers. It will also be interesting to see if there is much coverage of Obama's 2003 vote in Illinois against protecting infants born alive in attempted abortions, now that his campaign has conceded that the bill was virtually identical to one that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to 0 in 2001.

Obama backers dismiss attempts to undermine his narrative as distractions or as racism, beyond the bounds of reasonable discourse. Most of the mainstream media tend to agree. William Ayers is no more likely to appear at the convention than the disgraced John Edwards. But other media have a voice. Obama will probably get a nice bounce out of his convention. But it's not clear whether his narrative can be sustained in the weeks and months ahead.

Posted by: barone | August 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Here is a pretty interesting Obama VP article:

http://www.writeidea.org/2008/08/what-to-expect-from-obamas-vp.html

Posted by: James B. | August 22, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

the Obama bubble has burst, It is going to be a long fall for the rabid libs that coronated him (almost).

He has cancelled ads in Red states now and will run out of money soon enough. Libs always love to spend other people's money but never their own. his poll numbers are sinking faster than a stone. too bad for Dems the truth emerged a little too early. did you really think that Junior could fool enough people that he was competent? Only the blind (the Dem base) fell for that and it only adds to 35%. you still have to subtract out the hillary supporters. who are partisan/blind but not stupid.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 22, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The Haves, The Have Mores and John McCain


Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."
Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


-The $100 Million Man:
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) The second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


-The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership:
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


-The Anheuser-Busch Windfall:
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


-McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break: Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts for the rich has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


-Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt: Priceless. That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


-Charity Begins at Home:
The McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


-Private Jet Setters:
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


-Help on the Homefront:
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


-Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes:
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


And so it goes. John McCain proclaims $5 million finally makes you rich. Meanwhile, ABC's Charlie Gibson thinks a $200,000 income makes you middle class. And his colleague Cokie Roberts claims Barack Obama's vacation to his home state of Hawaii was "exotic."


Here's some more "Straight-Talk"...my friends:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmPZoRVRII&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/14/105528/983/690/567807
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Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | August 22, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

but cathie is a woman after my own heart...
I can say Maggiano's never does me wrong.

It's one of my "go to" places when I have a group that is not adventurous...like my parents... lol

but food is always good and safe.

but rioja

and they had a great bartender at rioja if i remember...

same with Magnolia's hotel bar.

Posted by: dl | August 22, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris in denver

Had a meal at Rioja that made me look for housing there

and if you want a smaller cool place to hang out with a small group the bar at the Magnolia hotel pretty cool.

Posted by: dl | August 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have so much white guilt -

they want to nominate a black so badly -


that they jumped at Obama who has no experience, no economic experience except buying cocaine -


AND the democrats have not noticed yet that Obama is a Black Muslim whose father was a Socialist and Obama is probably a great deal closer to being a Socialist himself than most people imagine.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi there, welcome to Denver! Here are some dining suggestions downtown (hope you're on an expense account!):

Ship's Tavern at the Brown Palace
McCormick's Fish House
Sullivans Steak House
Willie G's
Denver Chop House
The Keg Steakhouse
Rocky Mountain Diner
Maggianos

Posted by: Cathie | August 22, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs isn't being serious when he quipped that Obama could wait until the convention to announce his Veep - isn't he?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

A great place to have a quiet dinner (if you have time!!) is the restaurant above The Tattered Cover Bookstore. The chef is very imaginative; the food is superb, and when you're finished, you can go downstairs and browse among the thousands of wonderful book titles the store carries, so you can do a little light political reading on the plane as you jet off to St. Paul after the DNC. Also, another great place for drinks and light fare is The Delmar Grill (?); I believe it's in LoDo, but I haven't been to Denver in a few years, so the details are fuzzy--plus it was 104 degrees when I was last there....Enjoy--and please try to find out who Obama's Veep choice is going to be--I hope it's Biden!! Any further word on the timing of the announcement?? All the best, Chris--and keep up the great reporting!! ;-)

Posted by: maudelilacs | August 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Best Restaurants in town: Potager, Fruition, Luca di Italia

Best sports bar: Blake Street Tavern

Best place for a beer: Falling Rock Taphouse

Best breakfast: Snooze

Posted by: Denverite | August 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse


Why is Obama ditching his vp pick on a Friday afternoon - a traditional day on which bad news is dumped in hopes that no one will notice in the runup to a Sunny Beautiful Weekend when no one is watching?


Curious, isn't it?


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 22, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A Fundamental Rebranding of the Republican Party is underway.

The democrats are old and tired - Obama'a website is filled with new programs which will require more and higher taxes.

McCain is the Real Deal - McCain has the nomination and is changing the Republican Party changes which will last for decades.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Fixster,
Try a Mediterranean joint named Rioja at 1431 Larimer St. in area known as Larimer Square. It's just a few blocks from Pepsi Center.
http://www.riojadenver.com/
I'm in the south metro suburbs. If you've got other questions I'm at scanlonterry@msn.com.
Enjoy Denver.
Terry

Posted by: Terry Scanlon | August 22, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, while you're in Denver, pick up The Army of The Republic - in stores Tuesday - for the plane ride to St. Paul. What? It's a book! And hopefully it will remain fiction.

Posted by: David | August 22, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

TO CC, AS HE PREPARES FOR HIS WAR ZONE ASSIGNMENT:
THE PUTSCH IS ON. DON'T CATCH FLAK.

• A Hillarian Fort Invesco Assault to Leave Obama Second-in-Command?


Chris,

Bring a flak jacket; there's going to be some heavy PUMA incoming; chants of kumbayah won't provide sufficient cover. The Battle for Invesco is on, and when the smoke clears, it may be Hillary who takes the field in command.

Hang with some PUMAs; you will realize that their anger is justified and that they will be avenged.

Now Obama is trying to reduce the clout of the superdelegates in the rules committee proceedings, and his people were stupid enough to telegraph their intentions. Obama has no idea of the intensity of what's been brewing out there in the state delegations. Prepare for a Rockies revolution. All the entreaties by your buds Keith and Howard F. and Jonathan Alter, their warnings to the Hillarians that they must accede to the Obamanist Credo, or else; all that biased threat and bluster is going to be answered in a show of political force unseen in modern politics.

Among the D.C. pundits, you are among the few who have shown some independence of thought. I credit the other posters here for keeping you from being brainwashed like the others. Obama has failed to show that he's a leader. Aside from his policy vacillations and his unfulfilled rhetoric, he has revealed himself as a classic Chicago Old School pol. He's no Bill Ayres "Weatherman." He's a weatherwave. But the winds are not blowing his way. Yet the D.C. pundits refuse to lift their fingers to the wind.

The local PUMAs in Denver are quite strong; talk to them, listen to them, and don't buy into the neo-DNC party line. Obama has morphed into a Stalinesque parody of his former "change agent" self. He is going down hard in Denver. Don't look foolish by trying in your commentary to wish it away. On this one, the "base" is far ahead of your fellow chatoristas.

I'm no great fan of Fox News, but I'm glad to see you over there because they are the only ones covering the Dems with any semblance of realpolitik. MSNBC has eroded its credibility with Obama worship. It's gotten sickening. It's refreshing to finally hear someone like Rachel Maddow on their air; she realizes how Obama has snaked his core constituency, and she shows that she's no dupe.

So I hope you get out from behind the desk and embed with some key delegations to get the word from the ground. Your colleagues may end up with major egg on the face; don't let it happen to you!

Posted by: scrivener | August 22, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Be sure to hit the Denver Diner late night (near the convention center).

Also, for some of the best pizza ever, Beau Jo's. Sadly not downtown, but if you are willing to travel a little ways South, you will find one.

Rodizio Grill is a Brazilian stakehouse that is excellent too.

A trip to Denver would not be complete without a visit to the mayor's Wynkoop Brewery on 18th downtown. Denver's first brewpub.

Enjoy your visit to the Little D.

Posted by: Rosenblj | August 22, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Have to second Patsy's Italian. It's one of my favorite my places in my old hometown.

As for Drinks, check out My Brother's Bar at 15th and Platte street.

Enjoy I wish I was there!

Posted by: mr. 5th | August 22, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Try Black-Eyed Pea, best food by far in Denver!

Posted by: Mindy Mallon | August 22, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Best burgers in the country--City Grille at 321 E. Colfax. .. try the buffalo burger done City style, with Caesar dressing, bacon and cheese. Yum.

Denver's oldest Italian restaurant is Patsy's Inn. . .a checkered tablecloth place out of the Billy Joel song. Off 38th Ave in NW Denver

Duo off Zuni street is a great bistro, but not pretentious at all. Bacon wrapped dates are awesome.

Posted by: bearddenver | August 22, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris: With all the discussions about McCain's houses and Obama's celebrity, why no questions or dicussion about McCain's long record in the Senate??? It seems ripe for you folks to mine for questions, beyond just discussion of his recent changes of positions.

Posted by: Silver Spring | August 22, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope for your sake, you are staying at the Brown Palace. It's the only place I will go.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 22, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Fix -

Generally don't comment, but read everyday!

I am a Denver native, and work between the Convention Center and Pepsi Center. So, these are places "in the vicinity."

Best Burrito - "Illegal Pete's" on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and Wazee. Think a hard rock version of Chipotle.

Best Breakfast - Dixon's - across the street from Illegal Pete's

What does Fix drink?

Best Martini in town? Cruise Room @ the Oxford Hotel - 17th, between Wynkoop and Wazee.

Best Margarita? - Rio - 15th and Blake.

If you have any other cravings, feel free to write at mnicolais@hackstaffgessler.com

Also love chatting about the US Senate race here ...

Posted by: Mario Nicolais | August 22, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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