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5 Things to Love About Denver

DENVER -- The Democratic National Convention doesn't officially start until tomorrow, leaving The Fix time to explore the local environs.

And, since we tend to think of everything in lists these days (damn you, Friday Line!), what follows is our list of the five best things about the Mile High City. Wondering what the worst thing is? The lack of a bathrooms in the media tent. Hello port-a-potties!

5. Free bikes. Yes, you read that right. Free bike stations are dotted around the city in a program called "Freewheelin'" (how awesome is that!).

4. Sports galore. On Friday night, not only did the Rockies play a home game at Coors Field but the Broncos faced off against the Packers in exhibition football at Invesco Field. The Fix is really hoping to catch the day game at Coors today -- schedule willing.

3. The Air Out Here. Wide open blue skies as far as the eye can see. Cool, crisp air at night. The Fix lives in DC why again?

2. Campaign Ads Everywhere. In the space of 15 minutes of tv watching this morning (the Today Show, natch), we saw seven campaign ads. Two were positive spots by Rep. Mark Udall, the Democrats' nominee for the open Senate seat. Three were negative spots on Udall -- two funded by Freedom's Watch (labeling the Democrat "Skip" Udall for his voting record) and one by the Associated Builders and Contractors. The other two ads hit former Rep. Bob Shaffer, the Republicans Senate candidate, for his ties to the oil industry -- calling him "Big Oil Bob".

1. Political Junkie Heaven: This is the Superbowl of politics, and it only happens once every four years. Every political person -- activist, journalist, celebritologist -- is here and milling around the grounds encircling the Pepsi Center. It's a target-rich environment for someone as politics crazy as The Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Obama made a massive mistake not healing the wounds with Hillary early, early on - in fact there should have been some sort of arrangement made in April between the two sides for the good of the party.


Clearly this split is painful and clearly Obama has shown himself to be a horrible leader for allowing this situation to go on and on as it has - Obama has only hurt himself by not making peace.

Obama's refusal to not take on Hillary's debt was crazy - Obama should have run to that debt.

I can just imagine what happened - McCain called Hillary - I hear you have some debt - what if I help you with some of that situation? NOW HILLARY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP AT MCCAIN EVENTS EN MASS.

Obama was a complete idiot on the handling of this - Obama has failed to unite his own party and he has had all summer to work on that - however Obama is supposed to be the uniter.

The complex analysis is this: Obama is supposed to be the new politics, the new leader, the transcendent one - except when it comes to Hillary (and when it comes to using false accusations of racial offense or racial themes to advance his own campaign.)


Hillary had more Democratic Votes than Obama - why aren't the Democratic delegates at least tied?

This nomination was stolen from a White Woman based on an Affirmative Action Program.

A White Man has almost no chance to be nominated by the Democratic Party at this point.

If you do not agree with that statement, Ask Biden who has been in the Senate for 35 years and has more experience than anyone - the democratic party starved him for money while millions were going to Hillary, Obama and Richardson AND then very few Democrats wanted to VOTE for who was CLEARLY THE BEST AND MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION SENATOR JOE BIDEN.

Joe Biden - victim of the new Jim Crow Era in the Democratic Party - White Men have no chance.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 25, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Well I see the Republicans are trying to define Obama.

I keep wondering when will McCain actually quit using his time as a POW as a prop and answer some questions like:

Would you explain the Keating Scandal?

Would you please explain how your wife's family business is NOT connected to the mob murder of investigative reporter Don Bolles in 1976....

Posted by: Tony | August 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama looks like an empty slimy fish affirmative action suit next to Biden - the democratic party has completely lost its mind to collectively select Obama over Biden in the primaries this year.

A joke I say.

The democratic party is so lost over their selection process this year that the country should decide that the democratic party itself is unfit to govern anything - at any level of government.


Posted by: 37t&OStreet | August 25, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Chris - DO NOT tell anyone, but the winters in Denver are not bad. The thirty inches of snow is userally gone by the next day and the sun is hot. I used to leave my car windows cracked in the winter time and sweep my snow with a broom.

Posted by: bradcpa | August 25, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Denver's a great city, Chris, enjoy it. I hope you'll be able to enjoy St Paul too, with your media credentials, because those of us who live here are gonna be practically under house arrest during the RNC Convention. Do a story on Free Speech Zones, wouldya?

Posted by: Aleks | August 24, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama in Wisconsin

Saul Alinsky – google him and ask yourself why “Rules for Radicals” was such a germane piece of work in Obama’s early political thinking, i.e., “find a problem within the middle class, and rub that wound raw.”

As Obama delivers speeches in Wisconsin today and talks about his extreme concern for the working man, wonder how genuine you think he really those ‘words’ really are.

We will never know what Barrack Hussein Obama really believes. What we do know is that when he went to an Islamic parochial school in Indonesia and his religion was identified as Muslim and that after he returned to Hawaii, he still identified himself as Muslim. Sometime, over 25 years ago, he was told by the old-school Chicago Political machine that groomed him that he needed to start thinking about the future and establish a power base through affiliation with a powerful black Christian Church and lo and behold, he’s a “Christian” . . . well sorta, he became an official member of , an organization, Trinity United Church of Christ, whose charter is (was? I haven’t’ recently checked the website to see if it was scrubbed . . . go ahead check it out, ( “We are an African people, and remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.” Black liberation theology, masquerading as a Christian Organization, with a pastor who “God-damn[s] America.”

Lovely! An organization of Negroes whose primary allegiance is not to America but rather to Africa. Such is the essence of black liberation theology (and its practical hypocrisy by Wright): the duty and allegiance of Blacks is not to their native born country, America, but rather to their mother-land, Africa. Such ethnocentricity smacks a blow to the very notion of American patriotism and the relinquishing of a U.S. immigrant’s nation of origin, let alone that of an American citizen’s distant ancestor, as a defining characteristic of U.S. citizenship. Sitting in the pews for 20 years listening to such theology, one can only guess how a President Barack Obama would view his primary allegiance -- to America? or rather to some distant ideal of a Black Supremacist continent of Africa. Punctuating the notion that we are like the bedfellows whom we choose to hang with, we only need to read the words of his literal bedfellow – his wife, to learn that she also held tight beliefs in separation theology. From her thesis at Princeton: 'By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.”

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

A congregation committed to ADORATION.
A congregation preaching SALVATION.
A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

Yea right "scared stiff"

Posted by: rtfanning | August 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama said he was for change. His first major decision is to put some one with 36 yrs inside the beltway on the ticket.

Obama said he was going to work across the aisle. He can't even work with half of the democratic wing.

Obama said he was against the same old politics. Now he is clutching at straws, and attacking the # of houses CIndy McCain inherited.

Obama said he was going to unite the world. He has now split the democratic party down the middle, perhaps irrevocably.

Nobama is the Trojan horse, that the media pimps put into our party. The old democratic hands can't understand what happened to our party anymore. The media pimps tell us that we should trash the only 2-term president we produced in 60 years, brand him and his wife as racists, and follow this neophyte of whom we know nothing.

We let the media pimps steal this nomination away from us, and all we have now is this man, his wife, and his pastor.

We deserve everything we beget.

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"3. The Air Out Here. Wide open blue skies as far as the eye can see. Cool, crisp air at night. The Fix lives in DC why again? "

Until you get a temperature inversion, which claps a lid on Denver air from Arapaho Ridge to the front range and Denver air becomes nearly thick enough to walk on.

Posted by: | August 24, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

scrivener and rtfanning:

Nice to see the right wing scared stiff of Obama/Biden. You guys should indeed be shaking in your $500 Ferragamo loafers. The coming tide is going to sweep away your systemic corruption and institutionalized ignorance. The level-headed of both parties (Lugar, Chafee, Hagel, Collins, and Specter from the GOP, to name a few) will certainly join up to reclaim America's best values from the right's hate-filled, vitriolic, anti-American fear-mongering.

Right wing bluster belies profound, debilitating personal and political weakness. The right has never offered anything to Americans but fear itself, and fear is NOT an American value.

Posted by: William Hames | August 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Leaving the microbrews off the list is a big mistake Fix! Ignore the coors and find a good brewpub -- they're all over the place. Mario Nicolais has offered up a few good selections, and there are many others. It's a big msitake to miss them.

Posted by: none | August 24, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Denver PD would do something about all of the PUMAs at the freeway off-ramps with the cardboard signs, begging Obama supporters for money. One lady even had a puppy and two children with her.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Fix -

Also, to go along with the post on food, the best greasy burger in Denver is at Falling Rock Tap House ... it is on Blake Street between 19th and 20th. You will walk right by it going to Coors Field (20th and Blake).

The butcher paper turns clear by the time you finish your burger!

PS - if you still needed a ticket, or more dining suggestions, feel free to email me at . Full disclosure, I'm Bob Schaffer's political director from 2004 and an election lawyer in town, so I may tend toward conservative establishments. That said, Mayor Hickenlooper's bar, the Wynkoop Brewery, is an EXCELLENT watering hole with shuffleboard and an array of their own micro-brews.

Posted by: Mario Nicolais | August 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Fix -

Did you already get tix to the game? If I'd known you were a baseball fan, I would have offered you one!

Posted by: Mario Nicolais | August 24, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Just Some of What Defines Barack Obama:

He voted for partial birth abortion.
He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
Supports affirmative action in Colleges and Government (quotas).
In 2001 he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing as being too severe.
Says he will deal with street level drug dealing as minimum wage affair. Admitted his use of marijuana and cocaine in high school and in college.
His religious convictions are very murky.
He is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim nations. Why?
Opposed the Patriot Act.
First bill he signed that was ever passed was campaign finance reform.
Voted to allow law suits against gun manufacturers.
Supports universal health-care.
Voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.
Supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
Supports extending welfare to illegal immigrants.
Voted yes on comprehensive immigration reform.
Voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.
Wants to make the minimum wage a 'living wage'.
Voted with Democratic Party 96 percent of 251 votes. (241 votes Demo, 10 votes Republican)
Is a big believer in the separation of church and state.
Opposed to any efforts to Privatize Social Security and instead supports increasing the amount of tax paid into Soc. Sec. (Tax Increase.)
He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax which now hits middle income brackets. (Tax Increase.)
He voted No on repealing the 'Death' Tax. (Tax Increase.)
He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax. (Tax Increase.)
Has repeatedly said the surge in Iraq has not succeeded...which is not true.
He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some doing.
Your guy is a demagogue and a Commie.

Posted by: rtfanning | August 24, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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