Blog Roundup, Day 1

Steve Soto manages to do something most of us here were too distracted to do today-- sum up Day One of the convention.

Reuters culls a few of the sentences we did manage to write.

Logical Realism has a fair question for the journalists.

What happened to Josh Marshall yesterday? On his way to the convention, and then... nothing. (Update: Ah, on the escalator...)

Daniel Drezner has a good blog post covering the coverage covering the blog posts (via Pandagon).

Daniel Rubin claims to be among the first to make it into a famous party-- only to reveal that he set the bar rather low by counting the members of Los Lobos as "famous."

And Carl Hulse for the New York Times issues a thinly-veiled warning to the Democratic Party-- in a news article, yes, but it's short and petulant enought to have been a blog post.

Mathew Gross at 02:48 AM on July 27, 2004
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The Cage

At 2 pm today, most of the protesters seemed to be outside of their cage.... (there were a few dozen on Copley Square when I picked up my credentials).


Mathew Gross at 09:52 PM on July 26, 2004
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Quick Note

Al Gore finally brought some energy to the Fleet Center, and the halls are now packed with delegates and celebrities of various shades and ilk. After an afternoon during which most of the bloggers risked falling into a deep pit of boredom, there's a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air.

That said, the music is still atrocious. Did anyone under the age of 40 have any say in the selection?

Mathew Gross at 08:32 PM on July 26, 2004
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The Quaint Photos

This afternoon.


Mathew Gross at 05:38 PM on July 26, 2004
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Interviewing Journalists

If you haven't been all that impressed with the blogging coverage of the convention thus far, it's because we can barely make it to our keyboards, what with all the journalists eager to get the "blogger story" done and in the bag on the first day. (See here, here and here).

So what's it like here? We're up in the rafters, in a section known as "Blogger's Blvd"-- a bit of a misnomer, since it's so high up (just inches from Thursday's balloons) that it's more like a crow's nest on an old clipper ship that any tertiary street. Nonetheless the view is great, even if the WiFi ain't, and now that Terry McCauliff has swung the gavel down, the floor below us has begun to fill up.

Convention Bloggers has some good links to coverage of this morning's Blogger's breakfast, featuring Barack Obama, Howard Dean, and others.

One of the best things about the experience so far is having so many bloggers just a few steps away. Jesse from Pandagon just leaned over to tell me that Ann Coulter and Michael Moore are both here covering the convention-- for USA Today.

It's a bizarre country, indeed.

Mathew Gross at 05:22 PM on July 26, 2004
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Inside the Convention Hall

Dave Winer blogs from the Blogger's Nest at the Democratic National Convention this afternoon. I'll have more photos from outside the convention hall soon.

Mathew Gross at 03:30 PM on July 26, 2004
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Day One

First order of business this morning: head over to the blogger breakfast. Second order of business: pick up my coveted credential.

The Wall Street Journal has a guide to some of the bloggers, and Dave Winer's Convention Bloggers site is a great place to follow the action. Technorati has its experiment up now, too.

Finally, Travis LaFrance is coming to Boston.

More soon.

Mathew Gross at 08:51 AM on July 26, 2004
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We've Made It....

Well, we're settled into Pep's apartment in Cambridge, and are on our way out for the blogger shindig. If there's any gossip to report we'll bring it to you.

Back soon....

Mathew Gross at 07:43 PM on July 25, 2004
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Convention Security, Conventional Cash

While I'm waiting until I arrive in Boston (later tomorrow evening) before I begin to comment on the Democratic Convention (wanting to capitalize upon that rarest of commodities in the blogosphere-- first-hand experience), TalkLeft has some notes on the security and the cage-- two topics which I hope to investigate once I make my way north.

Joe Costello, meanwhile, reminds us where all the money for this comes from:

The top donors to the Democratic convention committee, giving anywhere from $100,000 to more than $1 million (the exact amounts have not been disclosed), include at least 19 giant financial firms (including Fidelity, Bank of America and State Street Corporation), seven big pharmaceuticals (Amgen, Merck, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genzyme and Pfizer), four telecom corporations (IBM, AT&T, Nextel and Clear Channel), one defense contractor (Raytheon) and one tobacco company (Altria Group, formerly more infamously known as Philip Morris).

'Exhuming McCarthy' keeps playing in my head.

Mathew Gross at 09:13 PM on July 24, 2004
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What Do You Want to Read About?

So, with all the journalists asking bloggers what we're going to be covering at the convention, and Jerome and the rest of us usually giving snarky answers, the best answer is still likely to come from you.

So, an open thread: What should I cover at the convention? And (not necessarily related), what's the best quip to give reporters when asked what it is I'm covering at the convention?

Mathew Gross at 11:27 AM on July 24, 2004
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From the AP, just after 5 pm on Friday:

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released payroll records from President Bush's 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, saying its earlier contention the records were destroyed was an "inadvertent oversight."

Well that clears that up.

Mathew Gross at 05:26 PM on July 23, 2004
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The Shrum Primary

... is becoming the Shrum general election. Be sure to read TNR's great piece on the consultant "who took over the party."

Mathew Gross at 12:10 AM on July 23, 2004
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Rick Klau points to the nexus of Technorati and CNN. We have come a hell of a long way since we launched the Dean Call to Action blog (ugly little thing that it was) back in March of 2003.

I still remember the first time Judy Woodruff said the word "blog" on TV, back in July of last year. It seemed then that the glass ceiling had been broken. Now it's coming down.

Mathew Gross at 12:11 AM on July 22, 2004
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Breaking the Army

Or getting close to it:

WASHINGTON, July 21 - In what critics say is another sign of increasing stress on the military, the Army has been forced to bring more new recruits immediately into the ranks to meet recruiting goals for 2004, instead of allowing them to defer entry until the next accounting year, which starts in October.

As a result, recruiters will enter the new year without the usual cushion of incoming soldiers, making it that much harder to make their quotas for 2005....Army officials say that they have been unable to defer as many enlistments as in the past because 4,500 more recruits were needed at midyear to help meet a temporary increase of 30,000 soldiers in the active duty force, which is to grow to 512,000 by 2006. The increases are largely driven by the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Running out of troops? Running out of ammo:

The protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and heightened combat training with live ammunition have left the military short of small-caliber bullets. To offset the squeeze, the Army is taking unusual stopgap measures such as buying ammunition from Britain and Israel. It is also scrambling to ramp up domestic production.
Mathew Gross at 12:08 AM on July 22, 2004
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Bowles Campaign Launches Blog

We've got the Bowles campaign weblog up. You can find it at:

Check in often for the latest news from the race for North Carolina's US Senate seat. It should be a great resource.

Mathew Gross at 01:50 PM on July 21, 2004
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