Seven things to watch for during the RNC

By Chris Ingram

The 40th Republican National Convention is now just days away from kicking off in Tampa.

Tampa at dusk.

Here is what to look for during the convention week:

1) Will Isaac continue to threaten Tampa and the RNC?/Will Romney and the GOP be able to get the focus back on their message and not the storm?

2) Will the abortion issue created by Rep. Akin’s comments continue to stay in the news (The Democrats hope it will).

3) How will delegates react to the Tampa heat, lack of convenient hotels around the convention center, and being bussed around to and from their hotels and RNC activities?

4) How will the heat and rain affect law enforcement and convention protestors?

5) How much havoc will the annarchists wreck on Tampa? Law enforcement officials say there are about 200 violent annarchists nationwide who are expected to descend upon Tampa. Reports say they’ve left bricks, pipes and other objects to cause harm around town and that they have a warehouse in Tampa with 50 gallon drums of feces in them (which they apparently intend to fill balloons with and then throw them at cops and RNC attendees).

Photo: Cowardly losers all geared up.

6) How will Florida’s political rock stars Pam Bondi and Marco Rubio do in their RNC speaking roles? Will Pam wear her hair up or down (I like up, but bet she wears it down)? Will Marco Rubio be dining on anyone else’s American Express card? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

7) And finally, how much of a “bounce” does the Romney/Ryan ticket get?

Stay tuned…

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him

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2 thoughts on “Seven things to watch for during the RNC”

  1. We used a bus system to transport delegates to and from the convention for the 2000 GOP convention in Philly. No big issues as far as I can recall. However, back then, it gave delegates time to reflect and digest the events – and bond with other delegates. Now, 12 years later, with twitter and other social media, delegates will likely use the time held captive on buses to relay opinions.

    In Philly we had “Bus “Captains” who kept us all pumped. Today they’ll need Twitter/communication coaches.


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