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  The Convention Kicker: Dispatches from the convention center, the parties, and the protests. New York Magazine blogs the RNC.  
  George and the Jungle: The Republicans are leaving New Yorkers with unexpected emotion: envy.  

  Intelligencer: Why Ben Bradlee's birthday bash left Barbara Walters peeved.

  Meet the Press: How Hustler, High Times, US Weekly, and YM are covering the convention.

  Talking Points: The convention proved, in the memorable words of the Bush twins, just how “unhip” the Republicans are.  

  The Big Question: If Bush's presidency ended today, what would it be?  

  Protexting: How are activists monitoring civil disobedience by cell phone? A sampling of the reports.  

  Write Your Own Acceptance Speech in 8 Easy Steps: Former presidental speechwriters explain.

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The Line Up: Monday
  10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.          
    Michael Bloomberg
Facing reelection next year in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, the mayor delivers a deliberately forgettable speech heavy with standard-issue New York boosterism—and notably free of the words “Republican” or “Bush.”
    Fernando Mateo
This up-by-the-bootstraps Dominican phenom made his name representing livery drivers and acting as an ethnic pitchman for local GOPers like Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki. Today, the hometown boy finally finds the national spotlight.
  7:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.          
    Dennis Hastert
The blunt speaker of the House (who recently chastised New York officials for exploiting 9/11 for federal dollars) explains why the next terror attack is more likely to hit his home burg of Batavia, Illinois (population: 25,153) than the city hosting his party’s convention.
    Zainab Al-Suwaij
We were convinced the GOP would find a “liberated” 14-year-old Iraqi girl to sing the National Anthem, but instead, delegates will hear from one Zainab Al-Suwaij. An Iraqi woman and longtime foe of Saddam who was frequently showcased by Bush supporters as an Islamic voice in favor of the war, she heads the American Islamic Congress, which says it’s dedicated to “building interfaith and interethnic understanding.”
    Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon
Don’t expect repartee worthy of William Powell and Myrna Loy, but the appearance of the former New York Giant and his Law & Order wife just might help GOP operatives add a dash of glitz to an otherwise charisma-deficient evening (Ed Gillespie, Bernard Kerik).
    John McCain
The much-maligned GOP maverick swallows his pride and tries to rally swing voters around the president. Tonight, he’ll offer up his Vietnam-era heroism in service of a dual mission; burnishing Bush’s credentials as an anti-terror warrior while stoking his own political chances for 2008.

    Rudolph Giuliani
In a speech that will refer to September 11 exactly 911 times, “America’s Mayor” will relive his defining moment in harrowing detail, alternating attacks on John Kerry with accounts of the president’s (and his own) heroism.


Designated Attack Dog
Big Tent
Right-Wing Christian
Terror Alert
Swing Set
Appeals to Swing Voters/Independents
Red Meat
Appeals to GOP Base
Crowned Elephant
Cabinet Member/Party VIP
Published on August 19, 2004.