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St. Paul, Here I Come! Gearing Up for the GOP Convention

OK, it's official, with photographic evidence and everything: I'm getting a balloon drop! While St. Paul and the GOP make their final preparations for the start of the convention tomorrow, the drama and excitement have already begun.

With Hurricane Gustav's arrival threatening the propriety of the event, John McCain has questioned going ahead with the festivities saying,

I'm afraid … that we may have to look at that situation and we'll try to monitor it. But you know it just wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near-tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster. So we're monitoring it from day to day and I'm saying a few prayers too.






As it stands, President Bush isn't expected to make his scheduled appearance at the convention.

But there are already some unique conventioneers fired up to go. To see who,


Ron Paul's supporters have piled in "Ronvoys" and are pitching tents in Minneapolis in protest of Paul not having a role in the convention. They've convened Ronstock '08 with nearly 9,800 tickets being sold for the Rally for the Republic. The event is bringing together activists who are "anti-war, anti-government regulation, anti-immigration, anti-taxes, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-outsourcing, pro-individual liberty, pro-civil liberties and pro-Paul."

However it turns out, it promises to be a rip-roaring week, and I cannot wait.


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
They said they are going to get briefings everyday and decide on if the speakers will appear or not. Looks like they are going to try to make it bipartisan now though. No attacks. And possibly try to raise money for New Orleans. they will only do official business on Monday. McCain is pulling all attack ads off TV.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think it is officially off now. Due to Gustav.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Also, this is a great link to finding quality grub in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area---
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
If anyone will be attending the Convention and would like some suggestions on good places to break bread, email me with what you are looking for, and I will do my best! :drool:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
On the bright side (if you are on team red, that it ;) ), this whole thing is making McCain look very presidential. He just gave an address on CNN where he said that as Americans we have to put the country first.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Because of a hurricane? It's not a vast left wing conspiracy. ;)
Vespa Vespa 8 years
I just can't help but feel cheated. The Dems just had their big pep rally, whyyyyy does the RNC get the short straw?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, audrey.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Citizen you are quite the traveler lately! Bet you've have lots of airline peanuts and small cups of coffee.
audreystar audreystar 8 years
See now THAT is what I call a balloon drop! I'll be tuning in anyways just as I did with the DNC but the 5 year old girl in me is all giddy now for the balloon drop. :rotfl:
stiletta stiletta 8 years
If Gustav turns out to be a real disaster, the Republicans will be competing with the clean up for at least two news cycles. I don't meant to sound heartless, but it would be nice for balanced coverage for both parties. After all, McCain has been struggling for media attention up to this point as it is.
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