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I have a rather suprising announcement to make. I am not going to the Republican National Convention. It came down to this: I had to make a choice between spending four of my few remaining vacation days in New York City blogging what will probably be a non-event or spending those days - the last days of my kids' summer vacation - doing things with my family. The family won. There were circumstances to take into consideration, such as the fact that my kids are spending a week away with my parents next week, coming back the night before the RNC. And when the RNC is over, school starts. My kids are are getting older and they're at that age when their social life, extra curricular activites, homework and other things means there isn't a lot of time for family togetherness. The week after the RNC, one kid starts middle school and the other starts high school. Years are moving by as fast as weeks. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Obviously, this is about more than blogging a political bash. I'm having a minor mid life birthday crisis, I suppose. But it's caused me to rearrange my priorities and figure out what's important to me. When I realized I was actually spending time contemplating which was more important, going to the RNC or spending much needed and elusive time with my kids, well you can see the idiocy of that. There should be no contemplation. So I won't be at the convention. The world will gone. And there are plenty of bloggers who will bring you the best of anything that's going on there, anyhow. I've got some day trips to plan.


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your coverage will be missed...but good for you for having such priorities. Besides, what could REALLY happen at the RNC that's even worth covering?

What an awesome mom!

Wise move, Michele. Good for you.

Anyway, conventions these days are pretty bland affairs compared to say, Chicago 1968! I guess in some ways that's a good thing ..... ;-)

You are woman, hear you roar! It is totally the right thing to do.

Good move,and you still have time after they go to sleep to play with your new toys....how is the C64 treating you?

You shouldn't even feel like you have to make an excuse. When "they" start paying you to blog, then "they" can whine about your non-blogging a non-event.

I don't know who "they" are, but I'm sure "they" will come crawling out of the woodwork at some point. "We", on the other hand, salute you.

Good for you! I hope you enjoy yourself and your children hugely!

You know, Ted Rall's looking for a pass...

I'm sorry the choice had to be either/or rather than both, but if they can't experience the RNC with you, then I'd choose home too.

Proud of you, Michele. You'll have a much better time with your kids, too, believe me. They're much more mature than we are. ha

I think the real reason you're skipping the convention is because you're going on a top secret mission to Cambodia.

Shh..that's not until Christmas, Mark.

You can cover it just as well by watching CSPAN. Maybe even better because you'll be able to hear what's being said at the podium.

Also, I think the "look, bloggers are blogging the convention" story has probably run it's course.

Good decision, I think. That's what good moms make. Your kids are as lucky as I am.

I can hardly imagine anything more boring that a political convention of either party. They're little more than infomercials with long-winded speeches by politicians. Gag.

You're doing right by your kids. There will be another set of conventions every 4 years. You only get one shot at your children's childhood. In a few years, they'll be on their own.

Now, when a woman has a mid-life crisis, what does she do? Middle aged men have been known to buy a sports car to pick up chicks. What's the female equivalent of that?

Good for you!

I'm sad that I won't get to meet you but I think it's really cool that your family comes first. Maybe a blogger party in NYC some other time?

Any position supported by a Ferris Bueller quote has gotta be a good one.

"When Cameron was in Egypt-land,
let my Cameron go."

Good for you.

family should always win. At least you have the laptop ;)

Good call. Soon enough they will grow up and have less time to spend with you. Treasure the time with them.

I question the timing of this announcement.

But, but, but...

Nothing is more important than politics. How can you expect to truly realize who you are by choosing fleeting personal relationships over participating in forming lasting institutions? The political is personal.

(/sarcasm) Now where is that Listerine, I feel dirty. Good call.

Glad I didn't buy any tequila yet. ;)

Good decision. In more ways than one. It sounds like the moonbats will be out in force in NYC, trying to disrupt the convention.
One quote:
"No one has an intention of being arrested. If the police exercise restraint. . . they have nothing to fear."

Well, things aren't going to well for Bush anyway...


What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?


Please, Please, Please - blog the family vacation.

I think we'll all need a little happy family time to conteract the raving political BS that's about all we'll get from NY, NY.


John B.

Well, from your postings I figure a major reason you have moved right and ended up aligned with the Republicans is concern for your family.

Which suggests what your priorities have been, and should have been, all along. I don't see an inconsistency.

The only thing I will miss is your take on the antics of the barking moonbats. But since their attempts to disrupt security are going to give the real terrorists cover, not being real close to them is probably a good idea.


Please excuse the typo in your name.

I'm really not that big a doofus, I got a A+ in Spelling for Engineers at Ga. Tech only 40 years ago.

John B.

A wise choice, presidential conventions occur every four years but children happen just once (actually three times in my case--but you know what I mean). Politics should always take a back seat to family and friends.

Still, we'll miss your insightful comments. Have fun.

I didn't watch the Dems, and don't plan to watch the Repubs. Once you've seen the red-light district in Amsterdam, all other collections of whores on display just pall. 8-)

Bah - we knew this would happen when you bagged on the going out and meeting all the bloggers at the function that happened there in NYC - no big deal - you don't like crowds, thats why I live in the middle of nowhere - less people. ;-)

I was going to question the timing of this announcment but Dave beat me to it. So I had to go away for a while and think about what I would say.

I question the timing of the RNC convention. How dare they do it right at the time that you need to spend time with your family, after all isn't that what GW says its all about? I think they could reschedule around you, after all family is first. ;-)

Call him, tell him that he needs to push it off to the first week of September.

The switchboard number is 202-456-1111, just ask for 'little G' and you'll get right through - ;-)

uhhhh..since you are not gonna be blogging the convention...could I have your blogging pass?
/is somewhat serious

Mr. L, Alan, my Command Post partner, is taking the pass. Sorry!

No problem. I'll be out in the streets blogging the protests (the convention itself will be so bland and scripted that any halfwit can blog it---and many of them will)

darn...I even know one of the delegates. Might see if alan would want to do an interview with him.
/wanders if I could still get a pass if i pulled enough strings?

Hopefully Don, so will some on the right. I'd love to see the comparision (BTW, didn't mean that to sound snarky, just love to see the same thing viewed by different perspectives)

Yawn! One less Nazi at the huge Bund meetin at the gardin.

Family first, but you will be missed. Perhaps we could coax you out for a night of drinks and goofing on Chris Matthews?

BTW, what about your radio gig?

Good for you. Family has to come first. In my case, that was the best thing to come out of my disability: I could stay home and finish raising my children. School here starts this Wednesday, so enjoy the extra days with the kids.

Um Yeah:

YOu actually spent keystrokes on that? Keep pushing that Nazi theme, though. It's winning you all kinds of support and converts.

it's not like there's gonna be some surprise... obviously the incubent gets the nomination.... go spend some time with your kids! Take them to a (YUCK!) Yankees game or something.

I heard they finally re-opened the Statue of Liberty, too..

Hell, take 'em to Philly and show them where the Nation was born!

you will be missed.

Cheney Vows To Attack U.S. If Kerry Elected
GREENSBORO, NC—In an announcement that has alarmed voters across the nation, Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he will personally attack the U.S. if Sen. John Kerry wins the next election.

Above: Cheney issues a warning to Greensboro, NC voters.
"If the wrong man is elected in November, the nation will come under a devastating armed attack of an unimaginable magnitude, one planned and executed by none other than myself," Cheney said, speaking at a rally in Greensboro, NC. "When they go to the polls, Americans must weigh this fact and decide if our nation can ignore such a grave threat."
Added Cheney: "It would be a tragedy to suffer another attack on American soil, let alone one perpetrated by an enemy as well-organized and well-equipped as I am. My colleagues and I urge voters to keep their safety in mind when they go to the polls."
Although Cheney would not comment on the details of his proposed attack on a John Kerry-led U.S., national-security experts said he possesses both the capabilities and the motivation to pose a serious threat.
"There is no question that Cheney has the financial assets and intelligence needed to pose a threat to our nation," said Peter Bergen, terrorism researcher and author of Threats And Balances: Former Executive Branch Officials And The Danger To America. "After all, this fanatic can call upon the resources of both the Republican Party and Halliburton to aid him in his assault. America would be foolish not to take his warning seriously."
After his speech, Cheney was asked to confirm his remarks.
"Make no mistake: If Kerry becomes president, no one will be safe from me," Cheney told reporters. "Businesses, places of worship, schools, public parks: No place will offer you refuge. A vote for Kerry is a vote to die in your own bed at the hands of Dick Cheney."
Stepping up to the podium after Cheney, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge vowed to increase surveillance of the vice president.
"Wherever Cheney is—whether in his office in the White House or stumping in battleground states—we will be watching him," Ridge said. "I will not rule out raising the terror-alert level, should Kerry begin to draw ahead in the polls. Every percentage point conceded to Kerry brings the nation under greater threat of attack by Cheney."
In a televised address from the White House, President Bush promised "to serve and protect the nation" by being re-elected.

Above: Cheney describes the threat he poses to the nation.
"A war against Dick Cheney would be a long, hard struggle," Bush said. "It would be a difficult battle against a shadowy nemesis who is able to hide among us, loves only death and destruction, and hates our freedom. I have the experience, the leadership, and the Republican nomination required to protect us all—myself and my family included—from Dick Cheney."
Although the effect of Cheney's remarks has yet to register in the polls, some voters report that the vice president's threats have concerned them.
"Frankly, I'm terrified," said Dwayne Cummings, a 38-year-old metal-press operator from Cleveland, OH. "The idea of getting attacked by Cheney right now, at a time when I'm out of work, uninsured, and have kids to worry about, is overwhelming. I'm not sure I can vote for Kerry anymore."
Mary Pershing, a loom-worker and lifelong Democrat from Limestone, KY, said she appreciates the government's surveillance efforts.
"At least they're warning us about the danger," Pershing said. "I've always suspected Cheney might do something dangerous someday. Now that we have confirmation of a possible attack—from someone as high-ranking as the vice president, no less—we can make moves to stop it."
Cheney's remarks quickly drew a response from the Kerry campaign.
"I urge all Americans to remain calm in the face of this new threat," Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards said. "Rest assured that, once elected, John Kerry has a plan to contend with any threat against our nation, whether from rogue nations, terrorists, or former vice presidents."
"Should John Kerry be elected, he and I will work with, not against, the international community," Edwards added. "I have no doubt that we would be able to assemble a coalition of nations more than willing to aid us in the war against Dick Cheney."