Wacky Garb Key to Conventions
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2008 8:08 PM CDT
Convention-goers may not grab as much attention as the stiff suits on stage--unless the cameras catch sight of their elaborate costumes.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Political die-hards flock to conventions in outlandish costumes, temporary tattoos, and head-to-toe buttons—“as much red, white and blue as possible in a patriotic arms race,” Robin Givhan writes in the Washington Post. Yet these goofy fans are integral to the messy, democratic process—by making it accessible to the folks watching on TV.

“The major dressing-up is left to the people who form the chorus in these theatrical productions, those who are chanting their support or howling their displeasure from the nosebleed seats and the sidewalks,” Givhan writes. “They represent the grand notion of democracy, the idea that just-plain-folks—a little wacky, yet deeply committed—are taking these important issues in hand.”