Ohh, this was a night.
I made it into the Bowl tonight - the nosebleed row at the top of the Xcel in the press section. I had press credentials through the radio station.
About halfway into it, I started writing this post. Here's what I scribbled in my little 'reporters have to have notebooks' notebook.
There is a scary vibe in this convention...
I've seen Imperial Troopers in their ninja turtle armor, I've seen teargas, and the Bean Bag Buggy.
The cadaverous face of Ramsey County Sheriff Fletcher, the glints on the dark pebbles that are Senator McCain's eyes...
In between the security gate and the TSA magnetron, at about 8 PM, I saw them.
Two, three, four men who were not the ones you saw at podiums, behind Fox News desks. The man who's pure evil. Hard men. Men who say 'flip the switch' or 'push the button' or 'pull that lever.' When they were younger, they might have done it themselves.
They are the hidden men, not even the grey eminences. The fixers. The do-ers. "That one, now!"
Now the convention is booing Obama. Perfunctory, and unenthusiastically. Oh, line about immigrants being Americans too. Pro forma applause.
The crowd boos, the crowd cheers the war. Rudy Giuliani move them to froth - Lindsay Graham moves them to scorn.
It's an... evil triumphalism. It's the party of Jupiter Maximus, with Mammon on the one side and thuggish Ares on the other. A party where the leaders are feted till they puke, where the powerful pushing down the weak, those declared 'entarte' or unclean - is not only allowed, not only encouraged, but considered a sacrament.
He's against public money. He says he's against foreign aid - and the rousing cheer, the triumphal roar that he got when he said that surprised even the candidate.
The speech is flat in delivery, the crowd, partisans all, know what to do. There are spaces - seats unfilled in the auditorium.
Iran, Russia, the fears!!
The reptiloids. Those men I referred to earlier were preditors on the body politic. They chattered like velociraptors.
Tomorrow - Cleaning up the cop poop. 200 more arrests.