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I awake in Minneapolis with two realizations: My hotel pillow smells like dog food and Regis Philbin now refers to himself in the third person. I have no reason to believe there is a connection but am open to any conspiracy theories. As I flip through the channels I see that Sarah Palin has done a walk-through of the Xcel Center in advance of her highly anticipated speech tonight.
(By the way, if Tina Fey doesn’t make a cameo as Palin on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live it will be a crime against sketch comedy.) She looks poised, if a little apprehensive, though no one can fault her for that. Republicans want her to establish herself as the Alaskan Margaret Thatcher. Democrats are hoping she comes across as a woman whose biggest accomplishment as governor has been to dodge moose as she tracked her ex-brother-in-law by snowmobile across the frozen tundra.
I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to get a good look at the stage here at the RNC. Apparently there’s a cabaret portion of the convention of which I was unaware. I mean, the black laminate floor is simply glistening. I’m now of the opinion that John McCain is going to accept the nomination while doing some soft-shoe and singing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” with Nancy Reagan.
And finally, a word about political gatherings such as this. Don’t be fooled by what you see on T.V. Republicans, Democrats, it doesn’t matter. These things are Star Trek conventions, except not as cool. And without William Shatner. OK, I have to go. Anderson is calling. And he’s referring to himself in the third person.
UPDATE: No joke, I just got a voicemail from my hotel's front desk: "Hi Mr. Gray, we read on your blog post that your pillow smells like dog food. We're really sorry and would like to give you some new pillows..." Awesome! Thanks!
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