I walked over from the University Club to the Xcel Center where the convention is taking place. Â They have put up barricades and there’s been lots of security, but even the cops from out of town seem to have caught a case of “Minnesota Nice.” Â Everyone’s been really, really friendly.
While I don’t have wireless at the seat in the press section that the campaign has assigned me, Roger Simon, has allowed me to connect through the Pajamas network.
And I’ve been meeting some of my favorite bloggers. Chatted with Hugh Hewitt yet again–what a great guy. He quite interested in the reaction of gay Republicans to the Palin pick. He was delighted to learn how enthused we all are.
Since coming to the Xcel Center, I am using this opportunity to see how Republicans react to an openly gay man in their midst. So far, I have introduced myself to former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and Frank Luntz as a gay man.
I asked the latter if he had ever done focus groups on gay issues. “I never asked,” he replied. Steele and I exchanged pleasantries about a Maryland politician we both knew. He was incredibly friendly, gracious even when I told him about the blog. He said he’d read it.
When I thanked him for linking my post on links and hate comments, I told him the comments I received to the post confirm my point-that there’s a noticeable increase in hate comments when we get linked on left-wing blogs, but no such increase when linked on conservatives and libertarian web-sites. Â Similarly, I told how warmly I’d been received by conservative bloggers while getting a lot of grief from left-wing gay web-sites.
He said I should blog on this.
I think I just did.