From Jon Stewart's Denver Daily Show to DNC floor, Bronco colors shine
August 27, 2008 —
It began with an orange tie from Oregon Ducks' basketball coach Craig Robinson, who introduced his sister Michelle Obama in front of a blue backdrop on the Denver Democratic National Convention’s opening night.
It expanded with the appearance of Rob Riggle wearing an orange-and-blue football jersey at the taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday afternoon at the University of Denver.
And just in case we weren’t picking up on the theme, Hillary Clinton walked onto the all-blue DNC stage wearing an eye-watering pantsuit so orange, so powerful, that only the least-educated and/or visually impaired football fans in America would doubt her effort to appeal to Denver’s rabid Bronco maniacs.
Also somewhat orange was the top of my balding head, which was turning all kinds of interesting colors after withstanding 90-degree Rocky Mountain sunshine for several hours prior to the Daily Show taping. Once inside, Denver showed Mile-High shouting/screaming/cheering abilities to the point of near embarrassment. Perhaps heat stroke played a part, but the crowd seemed to baffle Mr. Stewart who couldn’t help but point out that the Democratically-leaning crowd was mindlessly cheering at the sight of Michelle Obama’s visage, even though Stewart was, at the time, referring to her as, “communist.”
Nonetheless, there is a clear but unspoken effort among Democrats to tap into the Rockies in the best way they know how: by becoming a part of Bronco Country.
It’s not the first time that color has been used strategically to win allies or discourage enemies. The Iowa Hawkeye football team, for example, has painted every square inch of their visiting lockeroom pink. Based on the Hawkeye’s recent record, however, the method doesn’t seem to be working.
Hard evidence for color’s effect on the psyche is nearly impossible to find, but fashion magazines and interior decorators are overflowing with ideas as to red’s “energetic” or “passionate” emotive abilities, or with white’s “neutral” and “calming” influences.
So what about orange and blue?
It may depend on the Bronco’s record this year, or it may depend on the beauty of the recent orange-and-blue sunsets on the Front Range which, because of the strange and turbulent weather down here at Real Vail’s Denver headquarters, have been among the most impressive this itinerant blogger has ever yet seen.
Or, more likely, it may not matter at all.
If Obama is reading, however (which I know, as a member of the intelligencia, he is required to do), then I suggest he take a hint from his former primary competitor Ms. Clinton and arrive at Mile High Stadium Thursday night in an all-orange, top-to-bottom suit, perhaps with sequins to outshine Hillary.
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