Slantpoint found former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson unsympathetic to claims that New York City is shortchanged in favor of states like Wyoming when it comes to terror funding. Simpson noted that Wyoming has 98,000 square miles to protect.
Tommy Franks, the general who led the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, confirmed to bloggers that, to no one's surprise, he backs Bush. The transcript is at the Captain's Quarters..
Security at Madison Square is apparently not airtight. Last night, Code Pink's founder managed to get close to Vice President Cheney — a fulsome report on Democracy Now. Today, according to Tacitus writing for Red State, some AIDS activists managed to disrupt proceedings on the convention floor. And Blogs for Bush says some protesters managed to crash a youth convention meeting with the Bush twins and some White House staffers. Blogs for Bush reassures that "despite the protest, everyone is having a good time."
Speaking of the Bush twins, David Adesnik of Oxblog says their appearance last night was not a big hit on the convention floor. Adesnik writes that the twins "came across and childish and totally lacking in substance." Qualities, he adds, that will not help their father overcome a "reputation for being a lightweight."
TalkLeft finds the whole affair to be lacking in spirit, and reports that outside the convention area, New York is "a shadow of its normal self." On the street, parking is readily available, a rare site in NYC.
Technorati reports that the most linked to article of the day is a piece by former Bush campaign lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg wondering why the media seems uninterested in links between the Kerry campaign and various friendly "527" advocacy groups.
Bloggers in Wonderland
Tuesday, Aug. 31 | 2:30 p.m.
For several bloggers, the parties (especially the bash thrown by National Review) and first night of the convention were almost transcendental experiences.
Slantpoint was "awed;" he found the convention floor to be even more exciting than rock concerts or wrestling matches. Tough competition indeed.
Blogs for Bush reports that the convention is "an extraordinary experience," and it's only the first day!
Political Musings thought that the only thing lacking was McCain's failure to make any "real criticism" of Kerry.
Perhaps predictably, the Daily Kos was less impressed, wondering if McCain was phoning it in and upset that Rudy Giuliani did not point out his differences with the GOP platform. Kos also claims to have discovered the formula for convention speeches: "9-11, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11, John Kerry (is awful), John Kerry is a flip-flopper, Terrorism, Amen."
On Technorati's Attention Index, Michael Moore's USA Today column leads in links, closely followed by an E&P article suggesting that Moore may not return to his press seat in the Garden.
Blog World in charts and graphs
Monday, Aug. 30 | 6:45 p.m.
For those seeking a view of what all the key bloggers are up to, Technorati is keeping track of the most linked subjects and blogs. It's all laid out in pretty charts and graphs. Topping the charts is a New York Times story reporting two degrees of separation between conservative columnist Robert Novak and the publisher of the anti-Kerry book "Unfit for Command."