August 30, 2004

by Reb Yudel
New York to Republicans: Drop Dead!

From American Prospect Online

The National Federation of Republican Women is in the Clifford Odets Room at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, but -- fortunately, I suppose -- they have no idea who Clifford Odets actually was....

I ask a number of the Republican Women about who this Odets guy was and nobody seems to know. When it comes to their surroundings, they are clueless -- and not just about the Odets Room.

The most striking thing about the Republican national convention so far is that it exists in an entirely separate world from the city it inhabits. Just getting into the Marriott, which is housing the California, Ohio, and Tennessee delegations, requires passing a phalanx of security guards and police from various forces. After some time going in and out of the Republican delegation hotels, you get the sense that the convention might as well be set in Baghdad....
The anger in the street is palpable. A president who has opted to govern from the right and turn the world upside down -- with no mandate whatever to do so -- has brought his party to town, and the town is not amused.