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Opening Night Political Theatre and Drama in Denver

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(Denver, Colorado)

The first thing you should know is that politics is great theatre. Some of it staged; some of it scripted; and then there are those spontaneous moments where you don’t know what might happen. Monday night we had them all.

The networks long ago, gave up on gavel-to-gavel coverage. So now, in order to get the attention of TV and the Internet, the show is tightly scripted. I sat behind the stage part of today and watched as the speakers read from a teleprompter. Above it was a bright red digital countdown clock, telling them how much time they had left. It made me wonder if there was a trap door that opened up behind the podium, to swallow any speaker who went overtime.

Monday the Democrats trotted out every Latino lawmaker they could find to speak. “We are coming together to prevent a third Bush term,” said Patricia Madrid, the former Attorney General of New Mexico, and the first Latina to hold that office. One-after-another, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gave their three minute stump speech.

Why? Because Hispanic voters are up for grabs. Unlike black voters, who voted almost exclusively Democrat, Hispanic voters are split with some pockets of strong GOP support, especially in Texas and Florida. It is also the fastest growing demographic in America. Expect a similar tactic by the GOP next week in St. Paul.

So much for the scripted and staged. The real gut-wrenching moment of the night came with a tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy, ill with brain cancer that could well be lethal. Certainly, the film tribute to Kennedy was scripted, with Hollywood polish. But the ending wasn’t. No one knew if Kennedy was healthy enough to speak to the crowd. But he did, and was remarkable for a man in his condition. “It is wonderful to be here tonight,” said Kennedy. And his voice broke when he thanked people who had journeyed with his family’s triumphs and tragedies. “The happiest days, and the hardest days,” Kennedy said, and we all know there have been plenty of both. “For me, this is a season of new hope,” he said, alluding to his cancer and his medical treatment.

I saw a lot of people crying. It was some of the longest sustained applause I’ve ever heard for a political speech. It was a stirring moment; the kind of thing you just can’t make up in Hollywood, or in politics for that matter.

Check in “live” at 7:45 Tuesday Morning. I’ll be “live” from the Pepsi Center in Denver on “Mornings on Two.” Until then, check in often at www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

The Convention is Officially Underway

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(Denver, Colorado)

The gavel bangs at 3pm Mountain Time in Denver! This has been a crazy day already. I jumped in as a substitute guest on the Ronn Owens show at 11 am. I am also trying to test my new TV equipment so I can tape interviews and upload them to my blog. That's coming soon.

Funny thing, what a small world politics can be. I found out this morning that my "across-the-street-neighbor" growing up, produced the film tribute to the Kennedy's which airs tonight. Mark Herzog is his name. His dad was the was the main anchorman at WISN-TV in Milwaukee when we were kids. Ironic, that we both wind up in Denver for this convention! Anyway, Mark produced the film with legendary producer Ken Burns. I can't wait to see it.

More blogs coming to www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

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