The line into Invesco stretches for several miles. People are standing in line with children and grandparents, and buttons and t-shirts and bottles of water an though the logistics are nightmarish – there’s a freight train running through the line – the logistics have been remarkably smooth, and good cheer persists. I just walked into the stadium and the enormity of tonight’s crowd hit me: this place is mammoth.

As for the inane charge that this event carries “risks” because, well I dunno, because the McCain camp said it does, I have on question? I saw a young African American father on the line behind me with his 8-year old daughter skipping along behind him. The man was racing so fast his daughter was struggling to keep up he was so excited. Exactly what is objectionable about letting this man and his daughter in to see this speech?