Will the RNC Drop the Balloons?

As of about one o'clock this afternoon, this is what the floor of the Xcel Center, where the RNC is being held, looked like:

convention floor

The seats were mostly empty, although thousands of convention attendees roamed the halls and chatted outside of the Xcel Center.

As you can see, there are thousands of balloons hanging above the central stage waiting to be dropped on Thursday night.

balloon bags

I spoke with an RNC representative last night and he told me that McCain's people were debating whether or not to let the balloons loose on Thursday night. "Right now we are worried about it looking too much like a celebration," he told me.

But a careful examination of the arena indicates that there may be a method behind the apparent madness of the party leadership. McCain has been insisting in his speeches from the hurricane hit coast that it this is a time to put party politics behind and to put country first.

These slogans on the arena's interior repeat a recent theme:

country first signs

"Country First" seems to be the catch phrase of the convention.
Larrey Anderson is covering the RNC in Minneapolis for American Thinker. His latest award winning novel is The Order of the Beloved.
As of about one o'clock this afternoon, this is what the floor of the Xcel Center, where the RNC is being held, looked like:

convention floor

The seats were mostly empty, although thousands of convention attendees roamed the halls and chatted outside of the Xcel Center.

As you can see, there are thousands of balloons hanging above the central stage waiting to be dropped on Thursday night.

balloon bags

I spoke with an RNC representative last night and he told me that McCain's people were debating whether or not to let the balloons loose on Thursday night. "Right now we are worried about it looking too much like a celebration," he told me.

But a careful examination of the arena indicates that there may be a method behind the apparent madness of the party leadership. McCain has been insisting in his speeches from the hurricane hit coast that it this is a time to put party politics behind and to put country first.

These slogans on the arena's interior repeat a recent theme:

country first signs

"Country First" seems to be the catch phrase of the convention.
Larrey Anderson is covering the RNC in Minneapolis for American Thinker. His latest award winning novel is The Order of the Beloved.