Tuesday, September 2, 2008

SuperScript Tuesday: RNC Convention Day 2 Prelude

Well, as Jonathan has just noted, tomorrow is the first full day of the GOP hijinks in St. Paul. Here's the current lineup as published on their official site (still missing Bush's reinstated address, per ABC reports - we'll see who gets bumped):

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah)
Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)*
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)*
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)*
U.S. Rep. Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rico)*
U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)*
Dennis Hollingsworth (Fla.), President of the National Conference of Republican County Officials*
Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele
Chris Collins*
Carolyn Dunn*
Phil Hayes*
Lisa Keegan*
Ruth Novodor*
Dr. Elena Rios *
Shirley Sadler*
Joe Watkins*

Program participants:

Mary Leavitt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
The VFW of Red Lake, Minn. and the American Legion Post 513 of New Brighton, Minn. will serve as the joint Color Guard
Rabbi Ira Flax will lead the convention in prayer
Dr. Robert Certain will lead the convention in prayer


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No idea what the asterisks mean.

Observation: a lot of "former" officials are speaking. Double-dip in Florida, a key state. Also in Tennessee, perhaps not quite so up for grabs.

The theme is "Reform" and the tagline "The Original Maverick Who Challenges The Status Quo." This oughta be good, delivered in the name of "My staff will have to get back to you on how many houses I own" McCain.

ET Spouse is taking ET Daughter to H.S. orientation solo, so I'll be full-time on C-Span bringing you all the wince-inducing, cringe-able lowlights.

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Tuesday AM Update: Apparently Rudy's speaking slot has been cancelled/postponed to make way for Dubya. And, yes, I'm stocking up on the raw caffeine, No-Doz and periodic electric shocks to keep me awake through the forthcoming Festival of Hypocrisy.

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Tuesday Noon Update: The theme has been changed to "Service," with the new tagline "The Courage And Service of John McCain." (Hmm - guess they didn't vet the schedule, either.) And the only names left from the original speakers' roster are now Thompson and Boehner:

President George W. Bush (via satellite)
First Lady Laura Bush
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.)
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.)
Robert M. "Mike" Duncan, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Jo Ann Davidson, Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Chairman of the 2008 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements


Speaking of Bachmann, if you haven't already seen it, James Carville (of whom I'm not normally a fan) takes her apart on Larry King. Just looking at that woman's vapid gaze and pasted-on smile gives me the Stepford-Wife creeps.

3 comments:

Count Istvan said...

I hope you folks keep the No Doz handy to get through this thing. You are gonna need 'em.

Jonathan said...

No Doz?

Count Istvan said...

Caffeine Pills :)

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