As I was trying to turn my attention to the Democratic Convention in Chicago, friends and neighbors kept asking me about celebrities I might have run into when I was in San Diego observing the Republicans close up. They seemed almost unwilling to believe that the two most famous people I saw were Democrats, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos.

Again and again I had to insist that the man I saw was indeed George Stephanopoulos, even though he was apparently trying to travel incognito by combing back that lock of hair he customarily has falling over his forehead. Carville didn't even...

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