'Convention-inside-the-convention'

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August 28, 2008|By Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, 55, and her husband, Michael, coordinate the Volunteers for Obama office in Anne Arundel County. She is an Annapolis resident and mother of two who runs a home-based event-planning business.

Despite studying political science at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, Miller was not particularly involved in politics until this year. She was invited to a fundraiser last fall and soon found herself immersed in the Obama campaign, working phone banks and traveling to Ohio and Pennsylvania to knock on doors.

This is her first convention, and she agreed to blog this week for The Baltimore Sun about her experiences. Here's an excerpt from her online diary:

Each morning at 7:30 am our entire Maryland Delegation meets for breakfast and a formal program of events.

These state-by-state meetings represent the "convention-inside-the-convention" and we've been encouraged to arrive especially early on Wednesday morning.

Promises of "a special guest" and free sports jerseys for the first 100 to arrive have been dangled as extra enticement....

There is a marching band, part of the Denver Broncos drumline, playing on stage. The mood is electric and the dress in the room is eclectic. Everybody is fired up and ready to go! Everyone is euphoric. After all, the night before Hillary Clinton has delivered the speech of a lifetime and everyone in the room is in love with Hillary for being in love with Barack Obama. We are feeling unified and energized....

Next week, a Maryland delegate to the Republican delegation will blog for The Baltimore Sun.

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