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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Live from Las Vegas: This Thing is Huge!

We just walked into the ballroom set up for tonight's reception, and realized what a spectacular job the YearlyKos team has done in putting this together. This is a real convention. Refreshments, lights, a big stage, big screens, decorated tables adorned by candlelight - the works.

The number of attendees is astounding. The diversity here is even more incredible - people from all walks of life are here, because they believe in the power of people powered politics.

We've heard from Gina Cooper, the organizer of YearlyKos (who appropriately received a standing ovation for her efforts), and we're now watching and listening to Tom Tomorrow, the famed cartoonist and creator of Hell in a Handbasket.

I also wanted to mention that earlier, before the reception, I ran into Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Hunter of Daily Kos, and General Wesley Clark. I also spotted Maryscott O'Connor of My Left Wing.

UPDATE: After a truly amazing presentation from Tom Tomorrow (who even showed us cartoons that he'd not yet published) we heard from Markos himself. (Here's his keynote address as prepared for delivery). Markos, of course, got a massive, lengthy standing ovation. He seemed surprised (and pleased - at least, I hope he's pleased) but finally got started.

After this, we saw a video ("Mission Accomplished Man") and then the evening reception was for the most part concluded.

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