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August 22, 2008

Obama's Stage Stresses Democratic Planks of Unity, Hope, and Avante-Garde Lighting Concepts
Plus: Biden and Bayh and Chet, Oh My! Obama's Veep-Pick Arouses Public Interest Not Seen Since Chupacabra Fever Last Week

I kid, actually. I disagree with Captain Ed about the un-patriotic pastelization of the American flag's colors-- I think the lighting design is damned nifty. If it were the Republican platform, I'd be singing its praises.

Then again, I've been forced to watch Trading Spaces and Project Runway more times than I'd like to admit.


Compare that to the Republican stage (hit the link). Our stage? Damn, I like that too. Simple and strong. (Actually not so simple; it just looks that way.) If we're knocking stages for lacking fidelity to the actual colors in the flag, well, I think the Republicans have changed the colors a bit too; a bit oversaturated, and a bit darkened with black. Fierce.

I'd love this stage if I didn't see the Democrats' cotton-candy lightshow. Now I worry a bit it's going to come off a bit flat and static compared to the Democrats'. I mean, they're going to be able to Change lighting schemes as someone's talking.

It worked for Bill Cosby in Himself. Adds a little sense of scenery to an old guy just sitting there yammering at you.

Also note that the Democrats' backdrop will be interesting enough in close shots, as each element is small enough to be part of the background; the Republicans' backdrop will look grand in long shots only. Up close -- in the range of 90% of the pictures -- it's just going to be some dude standing in front of a couple of red and white stripes.

Captain Ed quips it seems the two stages are designed for two different audiences. Well, yes. But I think they're both good, and both play to the intended audience.

I give the Republicans' state 3 WWII-Era Captain America Shields out of four, and the Democrats' three and a half Zorro-snaps with a Tim Gunn "Make it work" kicker.

Dual-Use Thread: Obama's veepshit in the sidebar.

Here's the news:

It's either Bayh, or Biden, or someone else.

You heard it here first.

Biden Head Fake? Obama's plane en route from Chicago to Delaware. Possibly to pick up Biden, more likely in a planned fake (pre-arranged by Biden) to paint him red herring to disguise real criminal, I mean running mate.

PS, on Fox, they note the bumper stickers reading Obama/Bayh seem kind of crude and lack the fabulousness of Obama's cutting edge/retro-Stalin graphic designers. So, almost certainly just a company hoping to get product out the door ahead of competitors.

Denver Mayor Hickenlooper Instructs Police to Not Harsh Conventioners' Buzz: Don't enforce pot laws, cops told.

Wouldn't want that cosmic lightshow stage to go to waste. Every night after the convention winds down -- Laser Floyd!

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