Conventional Democrats Prove in Atlanta That When It Comes to Parties, They're Pluralists
Other guests doing the circuit of pre-convention parties in Atlanta seemed to agree. "I'm so excited that lots of celebrities are here," cooed Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair Lynn Cutler, who snagged one of them, Ed Asner, to accompany her to Jimmy Carter's Saturday night bash at the Carter Center. The next night, the Atlanta Constitution hosted such media and political heavies as Jane Pauley, Dan Rather, Bruce Babbitt and Paul (not the singer) Simon at the Woodruff Arts Center, while Ted Turner's fete for 3,000 at CNN headquarters across town was so celebrity-studded that the belated arrival of Michael Dukakis with running mate Lloyd Bentsen was something of an anticlimax. Cracked D.C. satirist Mark Russell: "Dukakis is going to have to get Ted Turner to colorize Lloyd Bentsen."