?The entire format and actual physical setup could be radically different,? one GOP insider commented. ?They might not even have a podium, or maybe a rotating podium or even a stage that comes up from underground. It would be like a theater in the round, with off-site events that are part of the convention.?
The source, a veteran official of past GOP conventions, said the 50,000 delegates, dignitaries and guests would watch off-site events on giant TV screens. ?Now, we?ll go to the deck of the USS Intrepid as the U.S. Marine Corps Band plays the National Anthem,? he said, pretending that he was playing the part of the convention chairman.
?Or, and this is a real possibility, we could see President Bush giving his acceptance speech at Ground Zero,? he added. ?It?s clearly a venue they?re considering.?
They can’t be seriously considering this, can they? Maybe my instincts are way off, but I think the backlash from using the WTC site as the backdrop for a partisan speech would be enormous.
Then again, who knows? As I mentioned in the previous post, the GOP seems to have lost its previously sure footing for these kinds of things ever since the carrier landing last year. Maybe they really are thinking of doing this.
Note to Karl: a fog machine would be good too. It goes great with stages that rise up from underground. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.