We’ve figured out the story on those Castro twins. No, Jon Stewart, it’s not that the Dems want “an extra” in case one breaks. Clearly, it’s a U.S. plot to infiltrate the annual Eurovision song contest. This – a cracked-out thing, like “American Idol” with interplanetary costumes and insane effects – draws some 100 million viewers in 43 countries (see http://bit.ly/Q8fhbn) – five times the audience of the last Idol final.
Can we doubt these clues?
• Eurovision section in the Convention Center, right next to CBS News.
• Dark-suited men with curly, Secret Service-ish wires snaking from collar to ear, flanking that section.
• The fact that Ireland’s entry has
See this Castro poster? Can it be anything but the first Euro-foray? Said a poster company rep: “What a great opportunity to highlight these very distinguished leaders who have a very bright future” – maybe in matching metallic outfits.
LOL (CLT) Cats
It started with the DNCC’s now-notorious cat video. ( Rachel Maddow summed up: “Um what?” Yet here it sits – http://bit.ly/OTnLn5 – with 26,000+ views.) It progressed with writer Baratunde Thurston tweeting from Vida (oops: CNN Grill): “We agree; in future, journalists will get traffic by using cats as convention correspondents. #dnc2012.” It continued with the NYT quoting Texan Craig McCartney Thursday: “You can’t swing a cat without hitting gay people in Charlotte this week.”
So – some cattiness, to ramp up kittenfestation: Former John Edwards staffer Bridget Siegel promoted her new sex-and-politics novel here, “in a ladylike aqua sequinned skirt,” the WashPo said, insisting the book isn’t about Edwards but “an inside story on campaign fundraising.” Yeah. “Inside story.”
(A canine digression: Spaniel spotted on College Street Thursday with sign, “I bark for Obama. 28 more years.”)
Close, but no DNC™ cigar
• The Raleigh N&O insists NYC columnists can’t dis the QC: “If anyone has a right to spew vitriol on the villainous city, it’s us.”
• @amyewalter (of ABC News):
“Watch ABC/Yahoo show; learn something. Charlotte Mayor Fox just educated us: It’s ‘Charlottean.’ ”And yet, Amy: Foxx
• @CharlesThomas7 (Chicago TV reporter): “After 6 days in N. Carolina, I hit my limit on fried chicken. Help! #Bojangles.”Charles? There is no limit on fried chicken
Button of the day
A riff on what Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, after she said health care coverage should include birth control.