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DNC Buzz By Helen Schwab

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Double fresh

We’ve figured out the story on those Castro twins. No, Jon Stewart, it’s not that the Dems want “an extra” in case one breaks. Clearly, it’s a U.S. plot to infiltrate the annual Eurovision song contest. This – a cracked-out thing, like “American Idol” with interplanetary costumes and insane effects – draws some 100 million viewers in 43 countries (see http://bit.ly/Q8fhbn) – five times the audience of the last Idol final.

Can we doubt these clues?

• Eurovision section in the Convention Center, right next to CBS News.

• Dark-suited men with curly, Secret Service-ish wires snaking from collar to ear, flanking that section.

• The fact that Ireland’s entry has repeatedly been Jedward (above).

See this Castro poster? Can it be anything but the first Euro-foray? Said a poster company rep: “What a great opportunity to highlight these very distinguished leaders who have a very bright future” – maybe in matching metallic outfits.

LOL (CLT) Cats

It started with the DNCC’s now-notorious cat video. ( Rachel Maddow summed up: “Um … what?” Yet here it sits – http://bit.ly/OTnLn5 – with 26,000+ views.) It progressed with writer Baratunde Thurston tweeting from Vida (oops: CNN Grill): “We agree; in future, journalists will get traffic by using cats as convention correspondents. #dnc2012.” It continued with the NYT quoting Texan Craig McCartney Thursday: “You can’t swing a cat without hitting gay people in Charlotte this week.”

So – some cattiness, to ramp up kittenfestation: Former John Edwards staffer Bridget Siegel promoted her new sex-and-politics novel here, “in a ladylike aqua sequinned skirt,” the WashPo said, insisting the book isn’t about Edwards but “an inside story on campaign fundraising.” Yeah. “Inside story.”

(A canine digression: Spaniel spotted on College Street Thursday with sign, “I bark for Obama. 28 more years.”)

Close, but no DNC™ cigar

• The Raleigh N&O insists NYC columnists can’t dis the QC: “If anyone has a right to spew vitriol on the villainous city, it’s us.”

• @ amyewalter (of ABC News): “Watch ABC/Yahoo show; learn something. Charlotte Mayor Fox just educated us: It’s ‘Charlottean.’ ” And yet, Amy: Foxx.

• @CharlesThomas7 (Chicago TV reporter): “After 6 days in N. Carolina, I hit my limit on fried chicken. Help! #Bojangles.” Charles? There is no limit on fried chicken.

Button of the day

A riff on what Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, after she said health care coverage should include birth control.

Presumably.

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