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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: Did Obama close the sale?; Ryan code name; what? — no balloons

Happy Friday:

Convention rehash: OK, all the speeches have come and gone. Did President Obama’s words and delivery Thursday night persuade any undecided voters? How did the president compare with his wife, Michelle, or President 42, Bill Clinton or, for that matter, Republican Mitt Romney?

Hillary Clinton watched her husband Wednesday night: Politico has an entertaining picture and story about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching Bill Clinton’s speech from East Timor.

Balloons: All right, what is up with the lack of balloons to cap the ending of the Democratic National Convention? Change of venue for the finale and a lack of time after the change meant no balloons. But there was plenty of confetti — red, white and blue.

Ryan code name Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has an official Secret Service code name. No, it’s not “sub-three-hour marathoner.” You’ve probably heard the whole story about his misstated marathon time.  GQ Magazine says Ryan’s code name is “Bowhunter.”

Speaking of unusual names: Washington Bus director Thomas Goldstein got on the wrong side of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission for using a fake name, Thermos Nobull, when he gave a $100 donation to a Seattle City Council candidate last year. It’s a minor dust-up, reported by Publicola, but an entertaining one. Washington Bus works to boost youth voter turnout.

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