Behind the Scenes Photos from the Vegas DemDebate

 FeatureArticleBy Brian Berman, 10-14-15- Las Vegas
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Editor’s note: Mr. Berman sat next to our Mr. Miller and Mr. Langsam in the media room. He was kind enough to share this fine collection and comments. The slang and grammatical errors are deliberate, for effect. All photos by Brian Berman.
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Pre Dem debate from Inside the Press Area ….
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“Enough with the damn emails” is right. The punditry spent the last 12 hours telling you who won the debate (stop arguing and just agree with them already. They know best ’cause they are the ones on the TV. Duh.)

Yet again, the online polls contrast greatly with what the talking heads are telling us. Is it possible that the Chris Matthews crowd desires different characteristics in their candidates than the voting public? Will the punditry ever notice or care? How does someone win a debate if only the people on the TV thinks she did? Luckily for us, they still have about 30 more of these to figure it out.

CNN was kind enough to allow your humble blogger to join in the fun from the press scrum. I spent much of the time before the debate outside the hotel with the activists hopefully capturing the feel of the first DemDebate.

Not one person rejected my request for picture, so thank you all.

Now, on with the show!

No, contrary to popular belief, the press is not permitted in the debate hall itself. This is as close as we got. And by close, I mean to each other. I think I left my complimentary Wynn mug!  …..

 

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This here is the spin room, a few hours before the scrum. Keep this picture in mind for later.

 

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Our new friend Sammy, who has already covered more debates in person than I have.

 

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Another shot of the spin room.

 

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Thefacebook had a lounge inside of the spin room. Them employees live in serious fear; I had to ask three people before someone would answer a question. After responding with boilerplate boringness when I asked him why thefacebook is so involved with politics now, I asked if they only planning on partnering with cable news until they have their own cable channel, to which the facebook spokesman responded with a terse “Nice try.” Whatever that means.

 

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You wouldn’t guess from TV that all the stations broadcast from right on top of each other. That’s Andrea Mitchell on the left. Never found Mr. Greenspan though (And oh did I ever want to).

 

Pre Dem Debate from Outside the Wynn

 

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Hillary supporters cheering outside of the Wynn 4 hours before the debate. Someone told me they had been there since early in the morning, though I cannot confirm.

 

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Affable Hillary supporters photographed around the LV Strip.

 

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The Nurses Union was not kidding around. Above are pictures taken in front of the Fashion Show Mall, pre demdebate.

 

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“We got a public display of democratic socialism…code red!”

 

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A selection of Bernie fans from the street. Also people who drive 6-figure cars for Bernie!

 

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Sorry I forgot one.

 

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A special thanks to our friends at Metro for keeping the event running smoothly. These two officers were kind enough to pose.

 

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Team Hillary came out in force as well! How the mariachi band played with such good tone on a pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip is beyond me. They were terrific!

 

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Yes, there were counter-rallies on the surrounding pedestrian bridges! “More debates now?” May we at least have one first?

 

Post DemDebate, from Behind the Curtain

 

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Who can come up with the hottest take the fastest?? Ready, Set…Go.

 

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Reporters were literally running to the Spin Room upon Hillary’s last word. My toe still hurts.

 

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That’s our friend Sammy interviewing Ed Schultz, now a surrogate for Bernie.

 

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Oh the mainstream media.

 

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You may remember Van Jones from the few minutes he spent with the Obama administration. He’s getting good at this TV punditry business. Bet it pays better than social activism.

 

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Action shot from inside the spin room.

 

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Note: if you want to be scolded by an MSNBC producer, take photos like this while Chris Matthews is on air.

 

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That John Depodesta, Chairman of Hillary for President. He did not have much spinning to do.

 

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I heard someone ask Don Lemon how he keeps that figure of his. He responded “brussels sprouts.”

 

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I was thankful for the Funny or Die folks for coming, they were some of the few that understood the appropriate amount of gravity necessary to cover a debate for an election more than a year away. Unfortunately, this is a family friendly blog so I cannot repeat her question for Sen. Gillibrand (of New York. She actually won Hillary’s seat.)

 

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Chairwoman of the DNC.

 

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The spin room stampeded toward Bernie. The cat from “Insider” promised me he would ask Bernie “What are you wearing?”

 

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The good Reverend reminiscing about campaigns past.

 

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You cannot have a Vegas spin room without Wayne and the Goodmans!

 

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That’s friend of the blog (he wouldn’t agree, but then again, he aint writing this) Jon Ralston (if that is his real name) on the MSNBC with Chris Matthews and the person whose name I won’t use because she tweets nasty thoughts about our fair city before going back to her fiefdom.

 

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If I would have caught the spelling error at the time, I would have offered cash for that hat.

 

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Lincoln! No..not that Lincoln.

 

And of course, Trump loomed large over the whole event..

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Republished with permission

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Brian Berman is Communications Director and Senior Editor, Clear Counsel Law, Henderson, NV
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