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Day 1: What's Happening at the Republican Convention?

Day 1: What's Happening at the Republican Convention?

I'm all checked in and official at the Republican Convention, having been given the warning from organizers that they're taking the proceedings "day by day" pending the Hurricane Gustav news. Early in the week thought it may be, I'm ready to declare the Republican goodie bag better than the Dems. Why? Check out the red umbrella and completely awesome special edition Republican macaroni and cheese. The noodles are elephants! Sold!

Though the schedule today is much shorter, I'm going to check out a few things today:

  • 11:00 a.m: A giant anti-war protest b Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War. Organizers say they expect 50,000 to show up.
  • 2:15 p.m: Panel on Conservatism Today with Atlantic's Ross Douthat, Aspen Institute's Mickey Edwards, National Review's David Frum and the Washington Post's EJ Dionne.

  • The delegates welcome reception at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

    Checking in! They were so nice and organized.

    An adorable band outside of the Convention Center. So oldey timey.

    MSNBC has their tent all set up--way outside of the Excel Center.

    They were doing light checks on the set using interns or PAs. It was pretty cute, like younger Keith Olbermanns.
  • 3:00 p.m: The brief, business-only session on the convention floor. All of the night's scheduled program has been canceled.
  • 9:00 p.m: Coalitions United featuring Smash Mouth, sponsored by Coalition for A Conservative Majority & Citizens United.

How do you think the party is handling the Hurricane and the convention? Right approach?

mllekat mllekat 9 years
Kraft has made mac & cheese for the DNC dad always brings home a box, although we never eat it. don't let that sway you!
Vespa Vespa 9 years
Have you seen the election year Maker's Mark? It has red, white, and blue wax, and a donkey on the left hand side of the bottle and an elephant on the right.
Molly Molly 9 years
I have DNC Mac and Cheese from the 2000 and 2004 conventions! I love it and refuse to eat it (guess it's a little late for that anyway). I wonder why they didn't have any in Denver this year? My impression was that Kraft made them for both parties every election year!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that's hysterical that kraft has supported the party in this way but i kind of like it. as for the way that the convention is shaping up now that there is a shift of attention to the hurricane, i think that it's good form that it's happening like this but for you guys that are all out there - it's got to be hard. you're investing a lot of time and money and now you're not getting to be in on all the speeches and panels that you would have had otherwise. i think that it was a smart choice though.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Let's hope so.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Me too! I wonder if they are ribbed for her pleaure? ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I do like the pink.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
bella, Don't forget the rubbers! ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
WTF-they given away Mac and Cheese ---that is the foundation. Look like a nice stash: umbrellas, water bottles, did you all get Coke too?
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 9 years
Hmmm, I may never buy Kraft mac and cheese again. LOL
Vespa Vespa 9 years
That's the same brand bottle as the one from the DNC, right? Does is have the little ridge on the inside where the mouth-hole part connects to the rest of the bottle? How do I explain this, it's like a lip so if you turn the bottle all the way upside down, some water will still still be in the bottle, blocked from coming out the top. I just have that bottle (with another company's logo on it) and that lip bugs the heck out of me, so I don't understand why it's such a popular version of the nalgene knockoffs. Also, I had that same mac 'n cheese! I got it at the RNC in 1996.
lizrocks lizrocks 9 years
Just wondering why you (or anyone else, for that matter) hasn't commented about the detention of 'suspected terrorists' and the extreme measures that the RNC is going to in order to scare/intimidate protesters from protesting at the RNC. That seems pretty newsworthy to me.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
That mac and cheese is so cute! Why am I such a sucker for things like that!?
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Ha! I checked the little seal thing on the bottom for that very thing :) It proudly proclaims BPA free.
codewhiz codewhiz 9 years
I hope that water bottle doesn't have BPA in it
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