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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Sunday, July 25, 2004

    Welcome to Boston. Now scram. 

    Lesson No. 1 at a national political convention is, nothing this big ever works flawlessly.

    The Minnesota convention delegates got their first lesson Sunday, when they arrived for the kickoff event of their convention week - the welcome-to-Boston reception for Minnesota delegates, at the State Street Bank building in downtown Boston.

    Alas, when dozens of Minnesotans showed up at the building, the welcome wasn't quite what they expected. The only thing awaiting them was an empty lobby and one beleaguered security guard, who told them they were at the wrong place.

    Turns out, the real party was about five blocks away, at a similar-sounding building called State Street Financial.

    In the end, all the visiting Minnesotans got to the right place, to mix and mingle and have a drink. The star attraction of the event was humorist Garrison Keillor, who sported an old Floyd B. Olson for governor pin in his lapel and was gracious about posing for pictures with the delegates.

    Then the DFLers went by bus to an outdoor performance of the Boston Pops, on a lovely summer evening. 

    Tom Webb

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

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