CONVENTION WOES….As we all know, the Republicans have decided to hold their convention next year in early September, which is much later than usual. There were apparently two reasons for this: 1) it allows them to use their unrestricted primary funds for as long as possible before the federal caps kick in, and 2) it puts the convention close to September 11.

However, there are also problems: some states require candidates to be certified by August in order to get on the ballot, and George Bush won’t officially be the Republican candidate until September 1. Oops.

Illinois is one such state, and Tom Bevan reports that Democrats are squeezing some favors out of their GOP colleagues in return for an exemption from the usual requirements. Hanging chads are involved.

This is pretty amusing, really, and certainly no less than Karl Rove deserves.

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