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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Thursday, August 26, 2004

    Goodbye, Guam! 

    When Minnesota Republicans gathered at the 2000 national convention, they were seated so far back that their closest neighbor was the delegation from Guam. This is the sort of punishment parties like to inflict when The Other Party wins your state 9 times in the previous 10 presidential elections.

    But hey, that was then. Now, everyone's kissing up to Minnesota, the new swing state.

    Ron Eibensteiner, the GOP state chairman, received word Thursday night that the Minnesota delegation is "virtually right up front" in the convention hall. While this is good news indeed for Minnesota Republicans, it does mean the end of a beautiful friendship between yesterday's non-entities.

    As Eibensteiner had himself predicted earlier, "I think we're going to be doing a lot better than Guam. I hate to say that, because I don't want to insult my friends in Guam _ and I did get to know them."






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