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Convention Beat: August 16, 2008 Archive

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They're gonna party like its 2000

Posted at 12:36 PM on August 16, 2008 by Tim Nelson (0 Comments)

Is the glow off the national political conventions or not?

There was a lot of pooh-poohing this week about who might show up, particularly in St. Paul this year. (See the "Party Down" post below.)

But the Wall Street Journal says today that new Congressional ethics rules may actually be cranking up the party machine this year:

...In the months since the new rules took effect, lawmakers have watered down the guidelines, and Capitol Hill and K Street have teamed up to find ways around the guidelines as written. Politicians and lobbyists are now preparing about 400 of the biggest parties -- both at the Democratic gathering in Colorado and when Republicans convene the following week in St. Paul -- that conventioneers have ever seen...

So don't put those Boogie Shoes away just yet.

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