BOSTON—Not to get spiritual on you (no danger of that in this little corner of the ether) but several Biblical stories came to mind on the final day of the convention.
First: As Teresa Heinz Kerry was speaking to the tambourine caucus, I saw a woman rise out of her wheelchair and stand up!
Missouri U.S. Congressional candidate Linda Jacobsen was merely standing on her good left leg. She broke her right ankle in four places campaigning in Columbia, home of the University of Missouri (Beat Kansas!) a few days ago.
Second: At the Sheraton Back Bay I stepped into a ladies' room (since there are no bathrooms in the press igloo at the convention hall). But, damn the luck, I finally get to use a real washroom and the stall door jams. I couldn't get out. We're getting to the Biblical reference. Keep reading.
I was waving my hand into the air above the door, squeaking, "Help." I was pushing against the door with all my might but it wouldn't give.
This is when New York political consultant and Good Samaritan Jennifer James came to the rescue and yanked the door from her side to open it just enough for me to squeeze through.
This political reporting thing is fraught with peril.
Ex-Texas Gov. Ann Richards said she'd been truly impressed with the performance of Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama when he spoke to the convention. "I thought he was terrific," she said. "But I think any young person like that has to guard against too fast a rise because the way this game is played, the media will take you up and then take you down."
Peter Jennings, on ABC during the couple seconds the network devoted to summing up the four days of the Democratic convention, discussing Barack Obama: "He doesn't have much Republican opposition in Illinois this year."
Nope, not much: None.
Speaking of Obama--isn't everyone?--Teresa Heinz Kerry, talking to the Women's Caucus on the final day of the convention revealed he'd given her a little advice. When she told him that his great speech would make hers look especially second rate, he told her, "You'll be fine." And, she was.
At the women's caucus I saw the best gimmick of the entire convention. Admittedly, there wasn't much competition. This event was particularly low on creative gee gaws and hopelessly lame on available freebies.
Anyhow, the women in the audience there were shaking miniature tambourines, the first political "noisemakers" I've come across that don't make you want to strangle whomever is shaking, banging, blowing or clacking near you.
These were given away by E.M. Winston Band Instrument and said "Shake Up the White House," accompanied by a phone number to call to rent Winston's musical instruments.
WHO KNEW: A use for latex that you don't find near the pharmacy counter. The nearly 100,000 balloons dropped after John Kerry's speech were made of biodegradable latex, which is NOT a feature you'd want in that other latex product.
NOT A CHANCE: Testing out the FleetCenter sound system before his acceptance speech Thursday night, Kerry said, "Members of the Fourth Estate, I have called you here to tell you that your reign is over."
See you in New York.