The Republican Conventions for the past fifty years have been a combination of political excitement and sometimes predictable boredom. The photographers covering the White House are usually in the key positions to cover these events. For years the center stand position for the Associated Press was manned by Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Edmonds.
This year Scotty Applewhite will be on the AP center stand and no doubt there will be hundreds of photographs with the credit J. Scott Applewhite, AP.
For the last two days photographers have been busy mounting remote cameras on poles to the side and behind the speakers. Cameras are also positioned on the catwalks overhead to get new overall photographs. These remotes have come a long way. The Canon camera loans their latest remote cameras that will zoom and pan to various wire services.
Sometimes the excitement comes from the selection of the vice presidential nominee. In 1968 outside of Maryland, nobody had ever heard of Spiro Agnew.
Likewise in New Orleans, we were are lined up and waiting for a Mississippi paddlewheel to dock so that we could find a fellow named Dan Qualye.
Regardless of the news value, the Republican Conventions are a good show.
Millionaires like W. Clement Stone arrive in their million dollar yachts. There usually is no shortage of beautiful ladies.
Of course, there are folks that are there to protest and that is a major part of the convention story.
Often there are Republicans who the Republican leadership would like to forget. When asked why Sarah Palin was not speaking at the convention, Trump relied “It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”
Often they bring back their heroes.
The convention loved Bush 41 and Bush 43 on the floor together in New York 2004.
No heroes are coming to Cleveland for this week’s convention. The action will most likely take place on the streets.