Police and protesters clash outside as bored crowd hears about Palin’s love of mooseburgers
I’m inside the Xcel Center for tonight’s official proceedings, the final of the Republican National Convention. Outside, anti-war protesters are attempting to march on the convention. On my way in, the police had surrounded them on a bridge near the capitol building, and apparently they’ve arrested at least dozen of them. The police are in riot gear, some on horsebacks, many carrying giant sticks. It’s a permitted rally hosted by the Anti-War Committee, a local group; protesters had secured a permit for both a rally and a march. The situation is tense out there.
Meanwhile, inside, the crowd seems downright bored. They just showed a video about Sarah Palin proclaiming “love for the environment” and for “pre-dawn moose-hunts.” “She loves frugality, integrity, and moose stew,” said the video. The word “maverick” was used at least three times in the short video.