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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Wednesday, September 01, 2004

    My life as the Green Room 

    There's an old joke in Washington that the most dangerous place to be is between a politician and a TV camera. That seems to be true in New York, too.

    Inexplicably, the Pioneer Press' assigned seat in Madison Square Garden is right next to CNN's booth. On Wednesday night I was headed to hear Vice President Dick Cheney's speech when I noticed a clot of people around my seat. I was about to worm my way through, when a young staffer whispered to me, "Is Larry King in your way?"

    Oh. Why yes, he is. And so was Sen. John McCain. And Sen. George Mitchell. When I finally reached my chair, I had to do an excuse-me to Mrs. McCain and Judy Woodruff.

    The parade continued. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist came by and sat at the next chair, waiting to appear on Larry King Live. Frist, a former heart surgeon, laughed when King, a former heart patient, yelled down to him, "Bill! Stay around in case I get sick."

    Then somebody else bumped me. It was Jeff Greenfield. I may emerge from this convention with a few bruises, but at least they're celebrity bruises.

    Maybe tomorrow, I'll just camp out in my chair and shag quotes from whoever wanders by.

    Tom Webb

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

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