I’m a sucker for this kinda stuff. Hey, why let it go to waste?
As anticipation mounted for Hillary Clinton’s prime time address, the biggest news out of the Democratic National Committee Convention on Tuesday morning was that the Pepsi Center had been declared balloon free zone.
Contrary to yesterday’s FrontPage report, no balloons – biodegradable or otherwise – will fall from the rafters in Denver this week.
Convention CEO Travis Dredd said the decision to move Barack Obama’s acceptance speech to Invesco Field rendered the traditional celebratory display physically impossible, and balloon drops on other nights, inappropriate.
“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a convention without balloons,” mused a local event coordinator. The decision invites jokes about there being enough hot air in the Pepsi Center already, but a balloon-free convention is actually an apt metaphor for an event that observers on both sides have already written off as a bore. And it’s only Day Two.
(It could also be a bad omen. After all, there’s that famous 2004 aborted balloon drop fiasco at the last DNCC, when the convention producer was caught on a hot CNN mic cursing both the uncooperative balloons and his hapless staff. And everyone knows how that election turned out.)