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    Sure, there will be quarrels with my posting technique---but even Kah should enjoy this:



    Four Days in Denver




    • By Lawrence O’Donnell Jr.
    • Published Apr 7, 2008



    Illustrations by Dan Goldman



    The Democratic Party is closer than it’s ever been to a political nightmare—a deadlocked convention. Though the odds of its actually happening are still remote, the idea is so rich with dramatic possibility that we asked Lawrence O’Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer, to play out a scenario in movie-treatment form. The premise is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton arrive in Denver, neither having sufficient delegates to gain the nomination nor a decisive majority in the popular vote. And so it’s on…


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    FROM THE BLACK, we hear noises, confusing sounds. Grunting? Groaning? Sex? A massage? A workout? Weight lifting? fade in on: Skin. Sweaty skin.


    A buttock? Male, female? Muscular. Hair. More hair. Definitely male. REVEAL hard-core gay sex scene between a flawless blond bodybuilder-hooker and a bald, middle-aged 300-pound man. A cell phone rings. The fat man reaches for it, hits a button to stop the ringing. Back to sex. A hotel phone starts ringing. And ringing. And ringing. The fat man picks it up and hangs up to stop the ringing. It rings again immediately. The fat man tries the same trick. And it rings again immediately. Finally, the phone wins. As the fat man talks on the phone, the hooker continues to do his job.


    Fat man: Yeah … Harold, can I call you ba— … Uh-huh … I still haven’t deci— … This really isn’t a good time for— … Please. I have to— … I just— … I need— … (Desperate to get back to sex, gives up.) Okay … Yes, I’m saying yes … No, you can’t announce it yet … I’m giving you my word … I’ve got to hang up now … Okay. (Hangs up.)
    Hooker (looking up from his work): Are you a superdelegate?


    CUT TO:
    Harold Ickes hanging up the phone in his hotel suite, the Clinton delegate-counting center.


    Ickes: Hey, I just got the lieutenant governor of—
    Howard Wolfson: Have you seen Gore? (Grabs a remote, flips on CNN’s live coverage of Al Gore arriving at Denver airport.)
    Ickes (shocked): Holy shit!
    Wolfson: He’s lost, what, 30 pounds?
    Ickes (still can’t believe his eyes): He looks like …
    Wolfson: A fucking candidate!


    CUT TO:
    Al Gore passes through a hotel lobby and is swarmed by fans and delegates. The fat man from the sex scene fights his way close to Gore. A Gore aide whispers the fat man’s name to Gore.


    Fat man: Hey, Al, remember me? I’m the lieutenant govern—
    Gore: Hey, Pete, great to see you. Are you committed?
    Fat man: Well, actually, I just said yes to Hillary, but if you throw your hat in the—
    Gore: Hey, I’m just here to help any way I can.
    Fat man: You look just unbelievable.


    CUT TO:
    Brian Williams sets the table with his solemn intro to NBC’s coverage: The pledged delegate score is Obama 1,688, Clinton 1,539; Obama holds a slim popular-vote lead of 1.5 percent with 30 million votes cast; 263 superdelegates remain uncommitted. Anything can happen.


    Howard Dean opens the convention and gets booed off the stage. The delegates hold him responsible for the mess they’re in. Dean grabs Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as he rushes out of the convention hall. Dean tells them they’ve gotta figure out a way to stop the bleeding tonight. Dean, Reid, and Pelosi get heckled by passing delegates as Obama Girl happily signs autographs in the background.


    Midnight. Dean’s suite. Party leadership meets. Where’s Gore? He said he’d be here. Someone points to a TV.


    Gore (on CNN): No, Anderson, I’m not here as a candidate. I’m just trying to be helpful in any way I can.


    The leadership considers going to Hillary and telling her it’s time to drop out. They all know there will be blood if they do that. Someone suggests trying to get Barack to drop out.


    Reid: Barack sure is a lot easier to talk to.
    Pelosi: Are we really gonna ask him to drop out just because he’s easier to talk to?


    They screw up the courage to go to Hillary. They all agree they have to have Gore onboard and they have to enlist at least one of Hillary’s most committed superdelegates to join them.


    Reid tries to get Chuck Schumer to join the talk-to-Hillary delegation. Impossible. She would see it as betrayal, pure and simple, and then Schumer couldn’t possibly live with her in the Senate for the rest of their careers.


    High noon. A series of black sedans pull up to the loading dock of a hotel. Dean gets out of one and enters the building, then Reid gets out of another, then Joe Biden, then Robert Byrd, Max Baucus, Steny Hoyer, Ed Markey, Henry Waxman—all high-profile undecided superdelegates.


    Clinton suite. The party heavyweights are gathered. Bill Clinton, in golf clothes, kills time with them—joshing, getting them coffee—while they wait for Hillary. Bill notices Pelosi isn’t there and is assured she’s on the way. Pelosi enters, with Charlie Rangel trailing. Bill acts unsurprised.


    Bill: Hey, Charlie, how ya doin’? I was wondering who they were gonna pick off from our team.
    Rangel: Mr. President, this is very difficult for me. You know I—
    Bill (dismissive):Sure, Charlie. (to group) Everyone here?
    Dean: I think we’re waiting for one more.
    Bill: Hope you don’t mean Gore?
    Dean: Yeah.
    Bill: Forget it. (beat) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hiding him somewhere, I just know Al a bit better than you do. I bet he’s on TV right now. (Grabs the remote and starts flipping channels—CNN, no. Fox, no. MSNBC, no. CNBC, no. ABC, bingo. There’s Gore yukking it up with Barbara and Whoopi on The View, broadcasting live from Denver.) Look at him, working Hillary’s demo. You actually think Al would help y’all try to get the nomination for someone else? You have any idea how hard it is to lose that kinda weight? He didn’t do that just to go on The View.
    Dean & Co. share a worried look.
    Bill: Al’s hoping this thing goes two or three ballots, then you guys call him in from the bull pen. (beat, icily.) And, ’course, Al ain’t got it in him to walk through that door and try to tell me what to do about anything.


    Next: Dean meets with Barack and Michelle.

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  • #2
    Larry O'Donnell is a hack.

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    • #3
      I miss the West Wing. The last season has never been more relevant, yet it's no where on my TV. I'd love to see it (but not bad enough to shell out considerable dough for the DeeVeeDee).
      Former 2017 OFFICIAL SPONSOR of Braves' Fill-In Matt Adams,
      Jesus is . . .


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      • #4
        Originally posted by drobny23 View Post
        I miss the West Wing. The last season has never been more relevant, yet it's no where on my TV. I'd love to see it (but not bad enough to shell out considerable dough for the DeeVeeDee).
        Maybe I can hook you up
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by madyaks View Post
          Maybe I can hook you up
          You gonna "Wang" him??

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          Said the Quangle Wangle Quee

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          • #6
            this is from page 4---not sure why he would write this stuff....

            Baucus: It’s time for you two to work this out.
            Baucus starts to leave. Hillary follows Baucus toward the door, then Barack follows Hillary. Baucus herds them back into the room.
            Baucus: Listen up. Your health-care bill (shifts glance from one to the other) has to come through my committee. So does your tax bill, the changes you wanna make to NAFTA—I could go on and on. You walk out of here now, and one of you somehow makes it to the White House, I guarantee you you’re gonna have the worst first year ever. (Exits.)


            Barack: Well, here we are … Hillary, I—
            Hillary: You’re a better speaker than I am.
            Barack (confused): Uh …
            Hillary: Way better. Better than Bill. Best I’ve ever seen.
            Barack: Uh, thank—



            Hillary: When you go out there and accept the nomination, it’s gonna be the best speech of this convention, no question about it. (beat) Even if you’re accepting the nomination for vice-president. You’re gonna be the rock star on the ticket no matter what I do.
            Barack: I don’t want to be VP.
            Hillary: The way we’re going, you probably won’t have to be. McCain’s ahead of both of us in the polls now. If we lose, you’re the front-runner for the nomination to run against McCain four years from now, and you know that would be an impossible race to lose.
            Barack: If we win—
            Hillary: You’re the front-runner for the nomination eight years from now, when you’re what? Fifty-four? And you’ve got VP experience to run on.
            Barack: Lotta good that did Al Gore.
            Hillary: Look, if you run at the top of the ticket and lose to McCain, that’s it. End of story. You will never have another chance. Ask John Kerry how easy it is to get the nomination again.
            Barack: So, I’d be your VP and Bill would be what? Your executive vice-president?
            Hillary: Don’t worry about Bill.
            Barack: I’d worry about him a lot less if he was my VP’s husband.
            Hillary: I don’t want to be VP.
            Barack: Been there, done that?
            Hillary: Kinda, yeah. And I learned a lot.
            Barack smiles—here we go with the Hillary’s-experience bullshit.
            Hillary: Talk to Al Gore about what he learned as VP.
            Barack: I think he learned it’s a dead end.
            Hillary: You don’t—
            Barack: Hillary, I care about two things exactly as much as you do: the party and getting the nomination.
            Hillary: You mean you don’t give a shit about the party and you’d kill to get the nomination?
            Barack (smiles): You wearing a wire? (beat) You know, all that ugly ink you’ve been getting all summer about destroying the party, handing the election to McCain—there’s only one person who can make that go away. Me. That brilliant acceptance speech you’re expecting me to give can put you back where you belong—hero of the Democratic Party—can put your husband back where he belongs—respected statesman. Nothing else can.
            Hillary: Winning can.
            Barack: If you got the nomination, you’d lose to McCain and the Clintons become the official destroyers of the Democratic Party. End of story. Have fun in the Senate after that.
            Hillary: C’mon, I can beat McCain. I can—
            Barack: Hillary, your negative is at 49 percent. You have the highest negative of anyone who’s ever run. You cannot possibly win in November.
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            • #7
              I loved The West Wing. What is this thread about?
              If you believe in something sacrifice a hobo to it or don't bother.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
                I loved The West Wing. What is this thread about?

                The Democratic Party is closer than it’s ever been to a political nightmare—a deadlocked convention. Though the odds of its actually happening are still remote, the idea is so rich with dramatic possibility that we asked Lawrence O’Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer, to play out a scenario in movie-treatment form. The premise is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton arrive in Denver, neither having sufficient delegates to gain the nomination nor a decisive majority in the popular vote. And so it’s on…
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                • #9
                  It's a shame that the girl who played Donna Moss isn't in more stuff.
                  If you believe in something sacrifice a hobo to it or don't bother.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
                    It's a shame that the girl who played Donna Moss isn't in more stuff.
                    good point

                    http://www.perfectpeople.net/photo-p...el-moloney.htm
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