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Sausage Links, tears for Obama edition

Who says there's no crying at conventions? Michael at NW Progressive, a delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton blogging from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, says he "broke down and cried" when the former first lady moved to suspend the rules of the convention and nominate Obama by acclamation yesterday. "That was the low point of the entire week for me – emotionally and physically drained, and a bit numb," wrote Michael. Not exactly a rosy picture for party unity. But after more tears, hugs, handholding, and a classic Bill Clinton mid-speech lip-bite, most Democrats, even die-hard Clinton supporters, rallied behind Obama. Speaking of tears, Eli Sanders at the Stranger wonders why this convention has been awash in them. ...


Who says there's no crying at conventions? Michael at NW Progressive, a delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton blogging from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, says he "broke down and cried" when the former first lady moved to suspend the rules of the convention and nominate Obama by acclamation yesterday. "That was the low point of the entire week for me – emotionally and physically drained, and a bit numb," wrote Michael. Not exactly a rosy picture for party unity. But after more tears, hugs, handholding, and a classic Bill Clinton mid-speech lip-bite, most Democrats, even die-hard Clinton supporters, rallied behind Obama. Speaking of tears, Eli Sanders at the Stranger wonders why this convention has been awash in them. ...

Cry me a river: The editorial board at The Seattle Times says City Hall better "wake up," or else more ethics violations will be paid with public money à la City Councilman Richard McIver.

For crying out loud: Snohomish County Republicans apologized yesterday after a volunteer activist was caught selling fake $3 bills depicting Sen. Barack Obama wearing an Arab headdress. Eric Earling at Sound Politics says the volunteer must have the "brain of a small rodent." Ouch. ...

Trail of tears: News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan writes a song for the campaign trail. ...

Tearful goodbye: Seattle Times political reporter Ralph Thomas is leaving the news business. Times reporter David Postman has a sentimental write-up about Thomas' career. ...

Tears for fears: Local initiative king Tim Eyman is suing to change the ballot title of a proposed King County charter amendment to tell voters it would double the number of signatures required to qualify future citizen-initiated amendments. He's doing it because he could be out of a job if it passes (at least in King County.) ...

Tears for souvenirs: The Oregonian's political team at the Democratic National Convention in Denver put together a video about all the people selling Obama merchandise outside the Pepsi Center. It's worth a look. Spare some Change? Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. ...

Clark Fredricksen is a Crosscut staff writer. You can reach him at clark.fredricksen@crosscut.com.


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