New York: New York's Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered protesters more venues. Activists responded by trespassing, yelling at -- even spitting on -- conventioneers and attempting to block roads; they had few scruples about stepping on other people's rights. The number of arrests was 970, as of my deadline.
Boston: Rich Dems bashed the rich.
New York: Rich Repubs bashed "economic girlie-men."
Boston: Kerry running mate John Edwards returned to his primary campaign theme of the "Two Americas" -- invoking the Democratic mantra of rich vs. poor, black vs. white, citizen vs. immigrant.
New York: Wrong, chided California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday night. The poor-immigrant-turned-governor noted that he has met U.S. troops fighting abroad and "They believe there is one America, and they're fighting for it."
New York: Sept. 11, 2001.
Boston: Kerry talked about Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona as if McCain's good name could rub off.
New York: McCain talked at the RNC. And he wants four more years of Bush.
Boston: Top Dems, like former President Clinton, praised Kerry for being better than they are because Kerry volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam, when they avoided service.
New York: In his Monday night speech, McCain, a former POW, never mentioned Vietnam.
Boston: Kerry daughters Alexandra and Vanessa delivered serious, politically astute speeches. They, of course, spoke at length about Kerry the hero, who even once saved the life of the family's pet hamster, Licorice.
New York: Bush daughters Jenna and Barbara told flat jokes, eschewed partisan issues and also had a hamster. The big dif, said Barbara, "Let's just say, ours didn't make it."