GOP 2012 http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22631/all en GOP 2012: Pink flamingos and politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/gop-2012-republican-convention-welcome-party-paul-ryan ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One thing you can say about Republicans, they sure know how to throw a party. As Tropical Storm Isaac barreled down on Florida and protesters geared up to try and disrupt the proceedings, some 15,000 delegates, guests and journalists gathered Sunday night at Tropicana Field, home of baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Not that it looked like a baseball diamond. In fact, it looked a bit like Las Vegas, minus the Black Jack tables. Pink flamingos wandered through the enormous hall as scantily clad cheerleaders danced on stages, their images thrown onto huge screens. And everywhere was the loud, pounding music.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/gop-2012-republican-convention-welcome-party-paul-ryan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Highway 2012 United States Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:01:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717306 at http://www.globalpost.com GOP 2012: This was the day that wasn’t http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/gop-2012-covention-day-1-gavel TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican National Convention was duly convened and immediately adjourned Monday afternoon, amid waning fears of major weather problems. Tropical Storm Isaac was usurping headlines all day, but otherwise had scant impact on Tampa. The RNC schedule had to be compacted down to three days from the original four — which meant no Donald Trump or Gov. Bobby Jindal. But in an effort to court the Latino vote, it appears the scheduled daily Hispanic briefing remains on the program. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/gop-2012-covention-day-1-gavel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Highway 2012 United States Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:37:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717368 at http://www.globalpost.com '2016': A slick pitch to the anti-Obama faithful http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/2016-obama-s-america-the-movie-gop-convention-tampa TAMPA, Fla. — Just 24 hours ago I had never heard of “2016: Obama’s America.” Now the new documentary film by Dinesh D’Souza is all I can think about.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/2016-obama-s-america-the-movie-gop-convention-tampa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Politics Highway 2012 United States Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:24:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717482 at http://www.globalpost.com RNC Day Two: We built it! http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/rnc-day-two-gop-2012-republican-national-convention TAMPA, Fla. – It was half political rally, half revival meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/rnc-day-two-gop-2012-republican-national-convention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Highway 2012 United States Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:57:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717564 at http://www.globalpost.com Red, white and, er, beige: Republican dress codes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/republican-dress-codes-fashion-rnc-tampa TAMPA — Is there anything distinctly Republican about the tailoring on display in Tampa?<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/republican-dress-codes-fashion-rnc-tampa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Highway 2012 United States Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:57:47 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717625 at http://www.globalpost.com CODEPINK up against the Republican red http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/codepink-against-the-republican-red TAMPA — A commotion could be heard in the upper reaches of the cavernous hall. A young woman was screaming at the top of her lungs, although her words were indistinguishable to many down below. Her message was simple: If you claim to be pro-life, then do things that strengthen life. Stop the wars, help women get access to quality health care. Make education affordable.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/codepink-against-the-republican-red" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Politics Highway 2012 United States Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:26:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717695 at http://www.globalpost.com Paul Ryan's troubling debut at the Republican National Convention http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/paul-ryan-rnc-tampa TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan put on quite a show Wednesday night, provoking sustained applause and ear-splitting cheers as he accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president of the United States.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/paul-ryan-rnc-tampa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Highway 2012 United States Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717747 at http://www.globalpost.com Republican convention 2012: You gotta believe! http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/republican-convention-2012-you-gotta-believe TAMPA — The Republican National Convention closed Thursday night amid swirling balloons and soaring spirits, as Mitt Romney exhorted his followers to have faith in the American Dream. “If I am elected president of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future,” he said. “That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it!”<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/highway-2012/republican-convention-2012-you-gotta-believe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election GOP 2012 Elections Highway 2012 United States Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:34:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5717862 at http://www.globalpost.com