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Can you imagine? 6 million spent on Britney Spears set designer and a stadium, bestest speech ever and the deadline today is

Obama loses spotlight to new rival

Damn those women! Always messing Obama’s plans with their need for attention! No wonder they didn’t want it to ever end

Here’s ABC on it

No rest for the weary leaving Denver for St. Paul: It was Obama’s night on Thursday, but as the confetti wafts down the mountain, Friday is Sen. John McCain’s day — since he’ll have someone to share it with, at last.

Can anyone blame him for the snit of his first statement?

The Obama campaign wasn’t as charitable a few hours earlier, when a spokesman issued a statement blasting McCain for putting a “former mayor of a town with 9,000, with zero foreign policy experience, a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Besides, he threw ‘it” under the bus anyway “not the statement I used to know”:

At his afternoon stop, Obama distanced himself from the first, harshly critical remarks.

“I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,” he said, apparently criticizing his staff for going overboard, as he did occasionally in the primary.

Do I recall another Jr blaming his staff for his blunders? Jr.Jr delivers!

(I can’t believe Politico actually transcribed the “uhs” of the famed orator)

looks like they were thrown off a bit:

McCain’s running mate announcement dominated the news Friday, but Obama made no mention of it at his first public event of the day, an evening rally in this western Pennsylvania county where Hillary Rodham Clinton beat him by a 2-to-1 margin in the primary.

More than 8,000 people turned out to hear Obama and Biden, who were running an hour late, speak from a gazebo adorned with American flags and bunting.

But the most tragic effect Palin’s naming had:

About 60 journalists were traveling Friday as the bus left Pennsylvania for Ohio and Michigan — a smaller group than in 2004, when Kerry embarked on a post-convention tour with more than 100 journalists.

PS I was joking about those empty glasses in the title. There were no glasses. There were no drinks. More like:

“Dropped off in parking lots, the delegates discovered daunting lines that snaked toward the football field.

Geriatric delegates were left huffing and limping by the ordeal. Once inside, these parched folks – who’d been forbidden to bring in food or beverages – faced Denver Broncos prices at the concession stands.”

More appropriate visuals for the headline

From LA times Top of the ticket blog the speech in a cloud tag

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