[The RNC] is considered a "National Special Security Event." The federal government gave the City of Tampa a grant of $50 million for security measures.
$50 million!? Do you have any idea how many NPR segments about the plight of gay, disabled Native Americans that could be wasted on? Well, I'm sure the money was spent wisely…
The striking result of the big spending is the sight of thousands of officers. Many ride new Safariland patrol bikes. They bristle with gear that appears to be right out of the box.
Fine, so the security guys get a little luxury on the taxpayers' dime. But those protesters must be seriously close to disrupting the convention if so much personnel is needed…
But there weren't many of them [anarchist protesters], maybe a dozen at most. These would be the ones the cops would watch closely.
I need to be alone for a while.
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Tags: Republican National Convention, Tampa
Violating all the tenets of campaigning in Florida — no events after 5pm and definitely no surprises — the Republicans have scheduled a speaker "To Be Announced" during the 10pm hour, following speakers from Mitt Romney's church and 2002 Olympic athletes, and immediately preceding Marco Rubio and Romney himself. Who can this mystery Republican be?
1. A baby cloned from the vial of Ronald Reagan's blood almost auctioned earlier this year.
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* Things the RNC would be better off leaving unsaid.
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* A People's History of Mitt Romney, as told through 30 objects.
* Karl Rove does a mean James Carville. Wait, I put mean in the wrong place.
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Well, not in so many words…
An Obama campaign official says Biden is putting off Monday's trip [to Tampa] in order to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on Tropical Storm Isaac, which could impact Florida during the [Republican National Convention].
Wait a minute. You mean Tampa hadn't already deputized a special corps of relief workers and paramilitary troops in preparation for any Biden-related fallout?
Of course I'm kidding — all you really need to prevent Biden from causing trouble is to keep him away from hot microphones and bright lights. Still, better safe than sorry. If you have to choose between evacuating a flooded building and monitoring the vice president to make sure he doesn't accidentally invent a new racial slur, you've already lost.
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