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The Democratic Convention Conflagration
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, March 07, 2008

If a prominent Republican pundit acknowledged being privy to information about plans for riots and violence at the Republican Convention, I would think it would get some front-page attention.

So shouldn't some enterprising reporters - and perhaps some Secret Service or other security organizations - be looking into the things Rich Perlstein is hearing:

  • "Part of me is scared of a riot. Part of me isn't."

  • "We've already had planning meetings about it — we're going about it the same way that we would plan any decent military operation."

  • "I can't emphasize enough how potentially scary things could get — we've got folks working on the inside of the convention, and it's all done on a cell basis, so that folks only know what they need to know."

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Previous Comments to this Post 

we’re going about it the same way that we would plan any decent military operation."
OK, now I’ll be getting popcorn. This should be PRICELESS...

It almost makes me want to attend with a video-camera...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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[W]e’re going about it the same way that we would plan any decent military operation.
So, given who they are, they are blaming their own decision to hold the Convention on the Republicans, then running away and leaving others to clean up the mess they made?

Written By: Jeff Medcalf
Do the so-far-hypothetical rioters seriously think that getting Obama the nomination on violence and bloodshed is going to endear him to... errr... anybody else?

There’s no way we can allow a nomination process decided by violence to be rewarded with the Presidency, and I still have confidence in the electorate at large will realize that.
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
The Democrats have been cultivating militancy in a more abstract forms for 7 years now.

It shouldn’t be a surprise when it begins to become less abstract.
Written By: jpm100
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I wanted a heated argument at the Democratic Convention, not a riot! If anything of that kind happens, they’ll only make fools and villains of themselves to no good end. It’s the sort of idiocy symptomatic of adolescent republics like Armenia, not one of the world’s oldest ones.

Such ominous words are, of course, not always borne out. It might all come to nothing, which would leave me feeling very foolish if I were to become too inflamed by the prospect.
Written By: Paludicola
What will be interesting is how Democrat Governor Bill Ritter (with a Democrat controlled state legislature) and Democrat Mayor John Hickenlopper (with his overwhelmingly liberal city council) sets this up. Both the Governor and the Mayor are fairly level-headed, but they are swayed, at times, by what used to be considered left fringe elements. Furthermore, I’m sure that both thought it would be a uncontested Clinton coronation when they campaigned so hard for hosting privileges. I’m hoping for a tight race, if only to force both the Governor’s and Mayor’s hand leading up to the convention.

And one other thing. Wayne Allard’s empty Senate seat is being sought quite liberal Congressman Udall out of Boulder. aAy unseemly rancor at the convention is not going to help his bid - many in-state protesters will likely come from his congressional district.
Written By: bains
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If only Barack knew.
Written By: Martin McPhillips


That said, someone check out Bill Ayre’s itiniery for those days....
Written By: shark
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That’s just evil, McPhillips.
Written By: Billy Beck
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I’m on record as supporting a "steel cage" match in Denver.
Written By: Neo
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