You may already be an RNC winner
Posted at 1:11 PM on August 11, 2008
by Tim Nelson
There no small amount of debate about just how big the Republican National Convention is going to be -- particularly the public reaction outside the Xcel Energy Center.
One sign that it might not loom as large come September first: permits for the "Open Forum Stage," as St. Paul's Showmobile trailer is colloquially known, aren't even half full. (That's the catalog picture from the Wenger corporation, which makes the trailer, at left.)
Last month, the city announced a lottery for a series of 50-minute periods on stage at the corner of 6th and 7th Streets in downtown St. Paul, facing the Xcel Energey Center.
There are 48 slots available (presumably leaving 10 minutes of every hour for stage manager Matt Reinartz to give the place the once-over for the next guest). As of about 15 minutes ago, there were only 20 applications.
It shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Assistant Police Chief Matt Bostrom said a few weeks ago that a similar arrangement for George W. Bush's speech to the United Nations drew just a couple dozen people in New York City.
That leaves 1,400 minutes of fame still for the taking. You can get the information to get in, just a few feet above the ground floor, right here. Applications are due by 3 p.m. today.
Thanks Tim for such an informative article. I turned in an application and won a slot!
I plan to speak against BOTH WARS, Iraq & "the war on drugs" that has ravaged our society.
"First, they shoot the dogs" is about the FBI, DEA, Multi-State Task Force, BATF, and the fact that they usually shoot the dogs first when they seek to control a 'crime scene'. They shot the dog first at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and just last week at the Mayors house in Maryland!
Way to go Tim!
Posted by Dwayne Hall | August 11, 2008 5:57 PM