Prepping for Day 3

Day three at the Pepsi Center is underway, and I am sitting outside the Pepsi Center about to go in. Here are some highlights from yesterday, as well as expectations for tonight. Enjoy.

Some thoughts from last night:

  • Sen. Hillary Clinton rocked it. Amidst questions of how her supporters were going to treat the nomination process and the Convention in general, she made sure to be clear of the Party's main goal in November: "No way. No how. No McCain," she said to a standing ovation from a crowd of people with white "Hillary" signs raised above their heads. "Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our President." Said Rob Egenolf, a Santa Barbara delegate for Clinton after hearing his candidate last night: "I am truly 'on board' the Obama Express now and appreciate how much work lies ahead to insure his election."

  • Egenolf's wife, Judy, made it both on CNN last night in a fleeting shot.

  • The Pepsi Center was packed last night. I arrived at about the same time Tuesday as I did on Monday, only this time the security checkpoint to get in stretched back thousands of people, rather than the dozens it did the night before. Even though I had a floor pass, there's no place for non-delegates to sit in the floor area, and everywhere else was packed. A friend and I ended up in section 316. If that sounds like it is way high up, that's because it is.

  • People can still smoke in bars here, or at least the one I went to last night. Gross.

Looking forward to tonight:

  • Our own Rep. Lois Capps will take the stage between 4 and 5 p.m. California time when the women of the House of Representatives will take the stage.

  • Former President Bill Clinton will try to follow his wife's speech with one of his own. Delaware Sen. and newly selected vice presidential candidate Joe Biden will also be taking to the podium. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry will all be speaking as well.

  • Tonight will also be the nominating process. As I understand it, both Clinton and Obama will be nominated and seconded. As the role call is conducted, there will be a motion to elect Obama by acclimation, so that Obama is nominated unanimously, but so that Clinton receives recognition.

  • I have secured a pass to perhaps the hottest ticket in town: the Recording Industry Association of America and The ONE Campaign's party at the EXDO Center, featuring hip-hop artist Kanye West. Apparently there's no photos allowed, and I'm not going to push it, but expect a report here tomorrow.

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