No, I’m not going as a delegate. I tried, but of the hundreds of us who campaigned back in May to be an at-large delegate I came in 28th—just three measly slots away from being one of the 25 at-large delegates our state gets to send. I’ve had a couple of close votes this year, come to think of it.
But not being a delegate is not stopping my plans to go to the big convention. From press credentials to guest passes, there are plenty of ways for a non-delegate to be there for the big show if one is so inclined.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be the official Republican National Convention correspondent next week for not one but TWO unique Beehive State publications—Salt Lake City Weekly and Utah Policy Daily. Why write simultaneously for two so very different pubs? Why not! It’s fun and it’s no secret I love to write.
It is also important that those high-minded progressives who read City Weekly get the inside scoop on what is really happening at the RNC. It is imperative that they know what Delegate Carl Wimmer is up to these days, and how Gayle Ruzicka is dealing with her newfound prominence in Democratic billboards. Besides, they may be so inspired as I dispense the red Kool-Aid from Tampa that they may actually cut their long hair and vote Republican this November. (Hey, a Repub can only hope!)
As for the Utah Policy Daily readership, no ounce of political tid or bit is too minor. The caucus-attending, delegate-wannabe political cognoscenti who read UPD are waiting with baited breathe to get the briefing on what Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart wears to the Florida beaches, how State GOP Chair Thomas Wright does his hair for the event, and if George Zinn will make a mysterious appearance in Tampa. And, as a fellow political junkie, it is my solemn duty to supply the morsels in my dispatches to help them get their fix.
That’s right City Weekly and UPD readers, you will be getting the straight scoop. AND, it will be directly from me, unfiltered, and without a pen name (I’m never doing THAT again!).
Despite being a lifelong politico I’ve never been to a national convention, and what a historic convention it will be! As the author of “Presidents and Prophets: The Story of America’s Presidents and the Latter-day Saints” I’m excited to witness the nomination of the first Mormon for president by a major party. How will Brother Romney do? How about Sister Love with her big speech? And that already-being-talked-about LDS prayer for Thursday night? Will we really get to hear “nourish and strengthen our bodies” over the pulpit in Tampa?
So come along for the ride! You can read my posts each day next week, with a special final post the day after Labor Day. That is, unless Jim Dabakis’s prayers are answered and Hurricane Isaac wipes out Mitt Romney and the entire Utah Republican delegation...