I was at work for most of the day, so anything major that happened on the streets I likely missed. But heres what I did see:
People were chanting something incomprehensible on Seventh Ave. at around 6:30, I went up to a guy on the corner asking what the chant was, and he had no idea. Others, channeling Ludacris, chanted Move Bush, Get Out The Way, Get Out The Way Bush, Get Out The Way. Call it a sample, I guess.
MSNBCs Hardball, as I may have mentioned, is broadcasting live from Herald Square, about two and a half blocks from my office, so I was able to watch it in person for about a half hour after work. Chris Matthews was there with panelists Christine Todd Whitman, Laura Ingraham, Howard Fineman, and Pat Buchanan, and I was also on hand for a Matthews interview with Elizabeth Dole. (I may have even been visible on TV; let me know if you saw me). Then, a few blocks away, I passed David Gergen on the street.
A few Hardball notes: Most of the crowd for the show was staunchly anti-Bush and booed every mention of his name. Ingraham is much, much better-looking in person than on TV; Whitman, alas, is not. And considering that Buchanan is the guy who almost single-handedly made me hate Republicans when I was 14, it was strange to see him in the flesh for the first time, during a Republican convention no less. Pat was on Da Ali G Show a few weeks ago; makes me wonder if the Throw the Jew Down the Well thing was his idea.
Meanwhile, this blogs patron saint, Ron Silver,spoke tonight at the convention, even though hes a social liberal, has been a Democrat for most of his life, and once played Alan Dershowitz in a movie. On the subject, Scott Galupo had this to say in the Washington Times:

The Republican entertainment lineup is even thinner in actors. The prize catch so far is Ron Silver, who may not even be the most popular middle-aged Jewish character actor named Ron. (He’s neck and neck with Ron Leibman.)

Galupos analysis, while astute, omits any consideration of Ron Rifkin, Ron Perlman, Ron Eldard, or Ron Jeremy.
Speaking of which, if Skin, the show on which Silver played a pornographer, had lasted more than two episodes, theres no way in hell hed be allowed anywhere near the Republican convention.

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  1. norbizness

    And yet the media is flocking to the Baldwin brother who had a nervous breakdown and is now appearing in fundamentalist Christian end-times porn (he’s the main competitor to Kirk Cameron and the Left Behind series). Truly sad. Give Angelo Dundee some props.


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