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Win or lose, I love Presidential election cycles and even love the choreographed pageantry and (occasionally) unexpected drama of the conventions.

But there's one convention moment I'll never forget (and no, it wasn't "The Kiss" by Al and Tipper Gore).  It was at the Republican convention in 2008, the night SHE took the stage.

Palin 2008 convention

Remember that little sneer?

 I started listening to her speech in the spirit of simple curiosity.  By the end I was quite simply appalled.  The moment she stopped talking my phone rang.  I picked up to a fundraising call from the DNC.

"Did you just watch Palin's speech?" I asked, and the nice young man said no, he'd been phonebanking all night, and how was it?

I'll admit, I sort of lost it and just started pouring words into his ear.  "We're in big trouble," I said.  "First of all, the crowd loved her...they ate it up.  Second, she's attractive and has this weird sort of charisma.  And she's mean. And she lies like a Republican, I mean, really, really lies!  She is going to be a huge problem for us for a long time to come."

"Maybe she won't be so bad," he soothed.  "Can we put you down for a donation?"  Yes, he most certainly could.

Watching that speech (with that self-righteous sneer) was like experiencing the onset of an illness.  Not like a cold virus that would inconvenience you for a few days, not even like a flu virus that would slam you hard into bed leaving you wandering through feverish dreams for a week or two.  The force of Palin's personality felt like (and proved to be) something deeper and scarier and more destructive, like some strain of malaria that you can never quite shake.  Every time you feel better and think it's gone it permeates the media and shakes the body politic yet again.

It's hard for me to believe she won't have some spiteful surprise up her sleeve for this convention.

Of course I have other, happier images as well, another favorite being Sasha and Malia waving hello to Daddy on the giant screen at the 2008 Democratic convention. Perhaps it's just the way my brain is wired, in that it remembers the recoil from the threat more than the yearning towards the promise.

So, tell me your stand-out political convention memories, and bonus points to anyone who recounts their memories of the Democratic convention/Police Riot of 1968.

So, what memories do you carry from past or present political conventions?  Or do you not watch them at all?

I'm listening.


Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold

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California Central Valley Kossacks
Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks
Clytemnestra (Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island)
Common Sense Mainer (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks
Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India
Organizer: chandu


ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005, More than 80 members

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011, More than 54 members

New York City Founded by Eddie C, More than 58 members

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Saturday, September 8th

Hawk Talk and Banding Demonstration by lineatus in the Marin Headlands!

TIME: Noon for Hawk Talk, 1:00 PM for banding talk with one of the recently banded birds and release it to continue its migration.  After that watch the migration from the platform for a while if it's nice, and then head down for a walk around the valley for a few hours. TIME YET TO BE DETERMINED: Meet at the Presidio Yacht Club at Fort Baker in Sausalito for food and drink.

LOCATION: Hawk Hill, map, part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. More about the Docent Programs and What to Wear.

HOST: lineatus


1. lineatus
2. navajo
3. side pocket
4. kimoconnor
5. Sally Cat
6. Mr. Cat
7. Dharmasyd (Maybe)
8. Ebby
9. Bustergirl (Maybe)
10. dsb
11. Glen the Plumber
12. remembrance
13. The Little One
14. boatsie

Sunday, September 9th

United Democrats of Southern Solano County
30th Annual BBQ Picnic

TIME: 11:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Hanns Park
at Skyline Blvd. & Redwood Parkway in Vallejo  

Guest speakers start at 1 p.m. (Most all the local Democratic candidates are showing up ... City and County)

Donation $10.00.

The club is providing  hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetarian burgers, salad, dessert, and nonalcoholic drinks.  

Special .... Join the club for $12 and get a free ticket to the picnic.  One can buy tickets or join club at the event.

Our club website:

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2. BayAreaKen


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Saturday, September 15th

Central Valley Kossacks Lunch!

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Ket Mo Ree Thai Restaurant & Bar
238 G St.
Davis, CA

HOST: tgypsy

RSVPs So Far:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned (Mr cooper888)
4. SallyCat
5. Mr. Cat
6. mrsgoo
7. Kestrel - tentative (Maybe)

Latest diary about this event: Central Valley Kossacks: Let's Meet Up


DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
Saturday, September 15th

New England Kossak Meet Up!

TIME: Noon - 3pm
LOCATION: Bangkok Cafe
369 Central Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
508-543-THAI (8424)
HOST: Clytemnestra

Affirmative RSVPs thus far:
1. Clytemnestra
2. Rick DeVille (husband of SadieSue)
3. SadieSue (they will be coming from Western Mass willing to carpool)
4. GreyHawk
5. Hawkwife
6. thankgodforairamerica (coming from central, CT willing to carpool)
7. 8. 9. Moody Loner,  mommyp00ka, and the Little
10. jarbyus
11. bjedward
12. msdobie

northerntier  (will be coming from central VT, willing to carpool. )
The Poet Deploreate (will be coming from the North Shore, willing to carpool.)
Common Sense Mainer
Phil S 33
Samantha Clemens (progressive radio talk show host)

Latest diary about this event, including activities to do in the area.



Saturday, October 13th

Cheers & Jeers Meet-Up

TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

HOSTS: Common Sense Mainer and Bill in Portland Maine

Send Common Sense Mainer a Kosmail to RSVP.
EVERYONE is welcome!



Friday, October 19th

SFKossack Red Carpet Rollout for Dave in Northridge

TIME: 1:00 PM
Rincon Center
101 Spear St.
San Francisco

Send navajo a Kosmail to RSVP.

1. Dave in Northridge
2. navajo
3. Lorikeet
4. Steveningen
5. jpmassar
6. kimoconnor
7. norm (Maybe)
8. MrNavajo
9. remembrance
10. Glen the Plumber
11. Dharmasyd
12. boatsie


Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

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creating events on their own.

SFKossacks has been organizing since 2005.

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