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In Denver, the Democrats nominated the first African-American candidate of a major party, while orchestrating a clockwork convention designed to show unity after a divisive primary campaign.
Barack Obama had hardly given his acceptance speech in a rock-star setting in front of 75,000 supporters before John McCain grabbed the headlines and surprised the world by picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the first woman for a top slot in the GOP’s history.
Oh, yes. A major hurricane bore down on New Orleans. Gustav disrupted the script of the Republican convention, revived memories of 2005′s Katrina and the devastation of a great American city and reminded many of the damage the response to that storm did to the reputation of the Bush administration.