Boston DNC 2004 vs. LA Olympics 1984? Part II:
The roads this morning were holiday-like empty. Almost as many taxis as cars. ... The scare-tactic warnings appeared to have worked, just like in LA twenty years ago. ... The big test is this afternoon. ... P.S. Can you beat this weather? Autumn in July.
Starting off the week in a great mood:
, great series
, great mood
‘Almost made it through ... without a Baked Bean reference’:
First reports streaming in of DNC media coverage. Reader No. 1:
“The National Media are trying, at least on TV, to avoid the Boston clichés. (Probably because so many producers and reporters are not far from their college days here?) The Sunday Today show almost made it through the first hour without a Baked Bean reference (ultimately, they succumbed with a recipe segment -- but it was from the New York Studio and they did bring our area foodie-aestheto-technician Chris Kimball of Cook's Magazine). The Today Show this morning also tried to investigate the world of alternative political journalism, i.e. Comedy Central and Blogs. Unfortunately, they picked Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette whose site lapsed into vapid self-referential gossip after a promising start. Campbell Brown didn't ask any interesting questions and nobody supplied any interesting answers. Oh well -- at least NBC didn't ask whether Blogs were part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Hub Blog’s notes
-- The London Times foreign editor
has some flattering things to say about our lovably dysfunctional city, but the Brahmin-Irish and Louise Woodward references are more than a tad out of it. ... The Times has a good campaign round-up section
in general. ... Joe Sciacca
has some observations about Liberal Massachusetts. ...
-- Boston Common
is doing a great job tracking all the local bloggers' DNC wisecracks.