According to his Facebook event page, Kitzhaber's party has 71 confirmed guests. I'd put the number of people in the Melody Ballroom right now at roughly half that, despite a posted start time of 7:30 pm—most of the candle-lit, white-clothed tables are still empty, which means... more lanyards for me! Yes, complimentary lanyards abound.

A better-attended display of democracy unfolds on two big big screens, where Dancing with the Stars is playing.

Here, for your consideration, Fire Fighters for Kitzhaber. Sure, the color is unflattering, but still: firefighters.

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(This is what happens when you send a theater critic to cover a political event.)