How Badly Will the GOP Convention Suck?

I'm beginning to think about the Republican National Convention. It's going to be different.

While Democrats in Denver are arranging for the spectacle of a stadium-sized throng, the Republicans here are staging things a bit differently for their get-together Sept. 1-4. They talk about a more intimate, you-are-there feeling. Simple but classy, they're calling it.
"We're much more simple this time than we have been in the past," said [Executive Producer, David] Nash, a veteran TV producer. "Basically, Sen. McCain and his staff feel that to do something real glitzy and Las Vegas-like would be inappropriate, the way the economy is."

The stage is just 4 feet high and rectangular, which by convention standards is practically Shaker-like. Television cameras will be stationed on the convention floor to give home viewers a greater sense of "being there." And some old flourishes will be absent, including the live band, the tiered podium and the huge presidential seal.

It's the anti-glitz convention. You can see the full schedule here, and it's pretty depressing:

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