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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004

    Torpid Tuesday 

    By the strange-but-inviolate rhythms of big political conventions, Tuesday tends to be the dullest day...the day that isn't the big-blowout opening day, that has no balloons, no confetti, and no acceptance speeches.

    Thus, it is with this convention.

    So with a bazillion reporters in town, that means it's a perfect day for lesser-lights to get some ink, some air time, or some bandwidth.

    Two Minnesotans are stepping up. For the Democrats, 6th District challenger Patty Wetterling will speak to the convention this afternoon. The early report was that she'll speak between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., so C-SPAN junkies can tune in then. Wetterling spoke at the Minnesota delegation breakfast, delivering a calm and quiet speech that was decidedly low on partisan bombast.

    "I do believe together we can carry this forward and restore hope in our lives," she said.

    The partisan blasts will today come from U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., who will be roving from TV camera to TV camera to undermine the Democrats. You won't have to tune into C-SPAN to catch Norm. No matter what station you're following, he's likely to turn up.

    Tom Webb

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

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