Monday, September 01, 2008

Dispatches from the RNC

A lovely morning here in St. Paul. I was downtown at 4:00 a.m., never saw so many people there since the last time a Vulcan groped a woman. Anyhoo, here's a photo from Triangle Park, where (despite Carol Molnau's best efforts), the True Blue Minnesota jumbotron is up and running, thanks to court intervention on Friday afternoon.

If you look closely, you can see the Families United rally in the background. Their rally has sort of been co-opted by the Joe Repya & Mitch Berg group, who appear to have plans to try to march amble down to West 7th & Kellogg to greet the Coalition to Stop the War group with "smiles." Here they are at Triangle Park:

But having been at work downtown most of this weekend, I can tell you that these two groups will only meet up with each other in a location far away from West 7th & Kellogg. The maze of barriers, cyclone fencing, and razor wire - an embarrassment to the City of St. Paul - makes actual contact impossible. Nice try, Mitch, but wasn't ever going to happen.

In other pleasant St. Paul ("The most livable city in America") news, masses of law enforcement appear to be gathering at Grand and Snelling, Homeland Security vans in normally deserted parts of Lowertown, and more law enforcement than visitors in most parts around my downtown office.

Going to be an interesting week.

Spot adds: You can "click" on the photos for a much larger version of the image.

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