Virtucon is on the ground here in Tampa covering the 2012 Republican National Convention. The day started out appropriately enough at Reagan National Airport.
No problems whatsoever getting into Tampa despite the approaching storm. At least not for me. Both of my AirTran flights landed early and were smooth rides with a very easy connection in Atlanta. The same can’t be said for one of my neighbors who was booked on Southwest which cancelled all their flights into Tampa. He had to fly into Orlando and rent a car to drive to Tampa.
It is overcast and only light rain showers so far (it rained harder in Northern VA this morning.) The pilot coming into Tampa pointed out the clouds from the approaching storm that made up one of its arms. Nothing to take too lightly, but I do get the feeling everyone is being overly cautious.
After gathering my bags, it was off to wait for my hotel shuttle. Who is the first person that I run into but Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live (Dennis Miller / Dana Carvey era). She’s in town covering the convention for a web show she does now. I had the chance to talk to her briefly and she mentioned that the group of conservatives that meets in Hollywood is now up to 2,000 members and that Dana Carvey is now coming aboard. She also mentioned Jon Lovitz’s recent anti-Obama tirade
Due to the storm, tomorrow’s convention sessions have been postponed. Del. Barbara Comstock of Virginia will still address the convention, but will now do so during the new 2 p.m. Tuesday session. Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak during the 8 p.m. hour on Tue. night followed by former Congressman Artur Davis in the 9 p.m. hour. The broadcast networks will only be airing one hour of coverage each night, from 10-11 p.m. and Tuesday appears to be a good one with Ann Romney and NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Wednesday night will include a speech by Gov. McDonnell’s daughter Jeanine, following a Ron Paul video and speech by Sen. Rand Paul, but before Sen. John McCain. The 10 p.m. hour will feature Paul Ryan. Thursday will begin with tributes to Ronald Reagan and conclude with Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech that will be preceded by those he served with in Massachusetts as well as Olympic athletes. The positive picture of Romney that so many have been calling for to be spotlighted will be revealed in whole by then.
Stay tuned to Virtucon all week long for updates live from Tampa.