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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Sunday, August 29, 2004

    Welcome to New York. NOT! 

    From the looks of it, you'd almost think most of New York City banded together to send an in-your-face message to the Republican conventioneers: Go away.

    Even miles away from the big anti-Bush protest march on Sunday, the streets of Manhattan were alive with anti-Bush signs, t-shirts, leaflets and buttons.

    Wherever you walked Sunday, it wasn't unusual to come across two or four people in each block sporting an anti-Bush message: "George W. Bush, the Toxic Texan." Or, "Beer not Bush." Or, "Elect a madman, you get madness." Or, "Why change horses in mid-apocalypse?"

    By contrast, I saw just one person wearing a Bush button the entire day Sunday.

    Some of the protests were more theatrical than others. Republican delegates were each invited to attend a Broadway show on Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota contingent went to "Phantom of the Opera." Delegates from Texas went to see the song-and-dance favorite, "42nd Street>"

    A group of protesters was waiting for the Texans, with their own all-singing, all-dancing street production. A dozen women wearing glittery outfits, tap shoes and colorful wigs performed their own sidewalk chorus line, singing a mocking song about "a boy from Crawford, Texas" and performing a raunchy dance. Men dressed in suits, wearing Bush and Rumsfeld masks, strutted alongside and waved.

    A few blocks away, a separate protest group, "Billionaires for Bush," stood outside a club where well-connected GOPers were gathering for a bash. Their signs: "Free Kenneth Lay!" and "Global warming = better tans."

    Tom Webb

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

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