Having covered both the Democratic and Republican conventions, I’m uniquely positioned to compare and contrast these auspicious events. Here is a quick, irreverent and largely irrelevant rundown.
1. Denver — Iowa delegates are riding a mile high after getting front-row convention seats and hotel assignment in the center of all the action downtown.
Twin Cities — Republicans are not as high, riding on their 15-mile bus trip and shaving to squeeze into cramped floor seats.
2. Denver — $4 soda, overpriced nachos, hot dogs and Dippin’ Dots, ice cream of the future, on sale at the Pepsi Center to feed hungry delegates.
Twin Cities — Delegates report scarce food, pricey water. Forced to nibble on campaign buttons.
3. Denver — Big bone-in steaks served with fresh-ground pepper.
Twin Cities — Boneheaded protesters make a big mistake by breaking Macy’s windows, are served fresh pepper spray.
4. Denver — Iowa delegation breakfast features U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U.S. House members. Tough to make Harkin clam up when he gets rolling.
Twin Cities — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has yet to show up for breakfast after getting a curiously late invite.
5. Denver — Hotel fronted by trendy pedestrian mall jammed with people.
Twin Cities — Hotel next to I-494, jammed with cars.
6. Denver — The Colorado Rockies are allowed to play at home during the convention.
Twin Cities — The Minnesota Twins are forced out of town for the team’s longest road trip in decades, in the middle of a tight pennant race.
7. Denver — Hillary’s pantsuits
Twin Cities — Sarah’s go-go boots.
8. Denver — Fat Tire beer, green brewery good for the environment.
Twin Cities — Grain Belt beer, Minnesota brew good with walleye
9. Denver — Reporters’ welcome bag contains bike trail maps, fitness water.
Twin Cities — Reporters’ bag contains commemorative Republican macaroni and cheese.
10. Denver — Convention message: Republicans screwed up everything.
Twin Cities — Convention message: Democrats will screw up everything.