Posted: May 31, 2008 1:49 PM
Scenes from a Democratic Presidential Showdown
WASHINGTON | With questionable fashion choices and strong opinions, politics unfailingly makes for fantastic people watching and even better eavesdropping.
Saturday’s Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee was no exception.
The delegate hearing in Washington, D.C., led to some vaguely surreal scenes such as a guy gussied up in Uncle Sam garb tipping his hat (but not wagging his finger) toward a passing bridal party.
Outside the hotel, an Italian journalist laughed while purchasing a Hillary-in-the-box from a street vendor.
The DNC’s meeting was on everyone’s lips, especially of other Marriott guests who didn’t realize the Democrats’ weighty get-together was taking place down the hall from their conventions and wedding receptions.
The scene was so discombobulating that it led to some extremely rare men’s room banter between strangers.
Guy 1: “We got in last night and were like: ‘What is going on?’ It’s crazy.”
Guy 2: “Yeah. They’re not going to do anything, right? It’s too late for her.”
Another fellow in a men’s room stall answered his ringing phone with a nonchalant tone.
Stall guy: “Hello? Yeah, I’m fine. I’m at the convention. You know the Democrats’ Michigan and Florida thing? Guess where it’s going on? Yeah, same hotel as the conference. There’s a protest outside and CNN’s here.”