Northern (over) Exposure
Now that Gustav has subsided and the Republican convention is back on schedule, there are only two things buzzing around the newsroom and convention hall floors.
The first is the continuing gossip and speculation around VP pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The other is the counter-convention being hosted across the river in Minneapolis by GOP Representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
While Palin has yet to make an appearance at the convention, she's everywhere as far as what people are talking about.
For a look at how social conservatives are reacting to Palin, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly's Kim Lawton reports that delegates are "excited" despite the news that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.
Back in June, a Real Clear Politics opinion piece laid forth just what's being talked about today - Palin as a savvy choice that shouldn't have come as such a shock to the political world.
But is Bristol Palin the first nominee's daughter to be pregnant during a campaign? We may never know, but Slate does the math on some former candidates' kids.
And as for that other convention, Ron Paul's supporters have been out in force, with a huge lineup of celebrities and politicians touting their cause. It's even being broadcast live on the campaign's website. Looking more like a concert tailgate than a political convention, NewsHour's audio slideshow gives an inside look at what it's like at the Campaign for Liberty events.
Between the Palin buzz, the protests yesterday, and the counter-convention, there are certainly stark differences between this week's RNC and last week's Democratic convention in Denver. Congressional Quarterly has a fun chart looking at the causes celebres in both places, from favorite accessories to Daily Show correspondents.
How will the speeches and order of the convention play against the side stories that have kept the media occupied before the real conventioneering begins?