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Isaacson Calls Brazile a Tattletale

The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya

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A New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian at the party
A New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian at the party Credit: Ken Wheaton
Big Oil isn't a complete anathema at the Democratic National Convention here in Denver. In fact, Shell was positively celebrated at one event last night. Of course, it was an event held by the good folks from Louisiana, and Shell might be guilty of "windfall profits," but it's also been doing a great deal of work toward recovery after Katrina (yes, that's still going on).

The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya, as it was called, was hosted by Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, James Carville, Donna Brazile and comedian Harry Shearer, and featured musical performances by Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit and a host of others.

Brazile, in fact, was introduced by none other than Walter Isaacson, who pointed out that back when he was with the Times-Picayune, Brazile was working for Mary Landrieu's old man, Maurice "Moon" Landrieu. And, said Isaacson, "She used to leak to me like a sieve. ... But don't tell your daddy."

I ran into Slate's Mickey Kaus, who'd been pleasantly surprised to get a solid blog post out of Denver even before the convention started. Turns out he found a large crowd of Democrats who were against teachers' unions. Also spotted were Huffington Post's Rachel Sklar and CNN's Anderson Cooper. (Even noted New York City party-crasher Shaggy was in attendance).

This was by no means the first party of the weekend. We journeyed over to the media-welcome party on Saturday night. Held at an amusement park, it was a bit difficult to mingle. And it was completely surreal to see so many people walking around with five-foot-tall Spider-Man and Batman dolls. Not only were all the rides free, but the park had made the games free as well, so people could just play until they won. The drinking portion of that shindig was sponsored by MolsonCoors.

Of note: In speaking to a couple of Louisiana's Barack Obama delegates, they admitted they weren't quite sure what the state's Hillary Clinton delegates were going to do on the floor.
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