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GOP Convention: Shaky Dress Rehearsal Usually Means Great Opening Night

Blair31 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 4:15 PM
I remember the first time I spoke. It wasn't a political convention. It was a high school graduation. More specifically, MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION! It was June 14, 1980, and I was one of 167 other high school graduates in green caps and gowns. I confessed to my English teacher, Mr. Quimby, that I was nervous. He told me not to worry about it. I also remembered Mike Brady's advice to Greg, Marcia, and Peter, "Imagine your audience in its underwear." Corny? Yes, but it worked. My mother and grandmother were more nervous than I was. They had a gallon of Pepto- Bismol. (Exaggeration? Yes). I summed up the speakers who came before me. I hit it out of the park too.
Halfway through the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., one thing was obvious. Despite great planning and perfect execution by the head of the committee responsible for day-to-day operations of the event, longtime RNC committeeman Alec Poitevint, the Tampa event was a burden to pull off. Here is the real story behind the 2012 convention.

First, the weather -- anyone who has ever lived in Florida knows that the ultimate paths of tropical storms and hurricanes are impossible to predict. When in law school in Florida, I sat through days of a hurricane that just parked itself in the Gulf, close...