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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Wednesday, July 28, 2004

    Moments to remember 

    Yes, political conventions are gaudy and overblown, but at their best, the giant gatherings by both parties can still stir your idealism and remind you of the glories of this country.

    It's not the computer-generated flag waving on the giant video screen, nor the choreographed sign-waving for the cameras. Instead, at least for me, the power came in personal stories that revealed something profound.

    When Teresa Heinz Kerry spoke Tuesday night about growing up under a dictator in Mozambique, and her father not being free to cast his first vote until age 73, it was a powerful reminder of the freedoms we too often take for granted.

    There will be other moments like this, at both Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and they're worth remembering. If you're inclined to think all Democrats are craven, or all Republicans are evil, you'll miss what's important and powerful during these weeks.





    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at


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