U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel didn't feel like talking to the press Saturday.
As the keynote speaker of the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Raleigh, the House Democratic Caucus chairman barred reporters from his portion of the event.
It was the first time in recent memory that the main speech has been closed at the dinner.
It was also something of a missed opportunity for state Democrats, who could have used some ammunition to fight back against Republican attacks from Karl Rove and Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole over the weekend.
Dome was told we could hear the other speakers at the event, but we'd have to leave during Emanuel's speech. For this reporter, that's a bit like your date asking you to get popcorn during the car chase in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
Anyway, here's one take from a Democratic insider. For the aforementioned reasons, we can't vouch for its accuracy.
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