There are two stages at the Democratic Convention in Denver, one that is played out in streets and the other inside the Pepsi center. Both dramas portray, as no political science textbook could, what it means to live in a democracy. Outside the convention center I walked past a dozen young people waving blue and white John McCain signs. Every few minutes they would break into a vigorous chant: “Drill here, drill now!” Near by another group held signs that said, “Save the environment, tax meat!” A lone man, well dressed, wearing a hat, held up a hand-made sign on a street corner. It simply said, “Stop Torture.” The entrance to the University club, where a group of feminist pro-choice organisations held a rally, was partially blocked by an impassioned group of Right to Life protestors. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) later referred to them from the podium, noting that she was asked if she needed an escort to get by them. She retorted , “I don’t need an escort, let them look out for me.”Read the whole post here.