This year, I'll be better prepared. With a laptop in hand and a way to download pictures faster.
But that's not going to be enough.
Smitty and I ended up being mere observers of the 8/28 Restoring Honor rally. That's not going to cut it when, schedule permitting, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul might be there. Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas is confirmed to be there too.
So I might have to take Robert Stacy up on his offer of a seminar:
Obviously, I need to start teaching seminars on how to b.s. your way past security: First, always wear a sports coat and a shirt with a collar.The first step will be to buy a fedora. Why? Because it's spreading like a fevor. Da Tech Guy is also a full fledged member and he's done his share of blog reporting.
Forget about comfort. If you’ve got an official full-access credential, you can dress like a fat tourist on vacation, but otherwise, it’s important to look like a legitimate member of the working press. And nothing says “legit” like a sports coat and button-down oxford.
Remember: There is no law against impersonating a journalist.
Wearing a fedora screams, "I'm the press!" What's the point of being part of the press, be it new or old, if people don't know you're a member of it?
The second step would be hitting his tip jar. I doubt he would move onto step three without it.
Besides, if the man can score an interview by cold calling Todd Palin, then it should be well worth the seminar price.
Update: Linked in the headlines by The Other McCain. It's the fedora.