Beginning at 2pm eastern Tuesday, the RNC schedule will be filled up to 11pm eastern Tuesday night with delegate proceedings and speeches. The big three broadcast networks will be airing 1 hour of coverage from 10pm eastern to 11pm. The cable news networks will feature more content throughout the evening and, as always, C-SPAN will be airing live begining at 2pm eastern with the entire afternoon.

RNC Live Stream: C-SPAN (begining 2pm eastern time on Tuesday 8/28)

The Washington Post has highlight a few of the most notable speakers for Tuesday evening including Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

TAMPA — After a day-long postponement due to Tropical Storm Isaac, the Republican National Convention begins in earnest Tuesday with a jam-packed schedule of events beginning at 2 p.m. and running all the way through 11 p.m. eastern.

* John Boehner (7 p.m. hour speech): While the addresses by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, which are both scheduled for the 7 p.m. hour, are likely to draw the lion’s share of attention, the House Speaker’s speech is likely to be more entertaining than either. Boehner is among the most frank politicians operating at a very high national level — he said Monday that the party platform should fit on a single sheet of paper — and that bluntness alone makes his speech worth tuning into.

* Kelly Ayotte (8 p.m. hour): For much of the last few months, we had the New Hampshire Senator in the top 10 of our Veepstakes rankings. Though she wasn’t ultimately the pick (or close to it), Ayotte is someone with the real capacity to become a national star in the coming years. She’s young with a law and order background. (She served as New Hampshire Attorney General before being elected to the Senate in 2010.) She’s articulate and pragmatic. And she’s conservative but not too conservative. In a night packed with potential national GOP stars — Govs. Nikki Haley, Scott Walker and Brian Sandoval to name three — Ayotte is the one we will be watching the closest.

* Ann Romney (10 p.m. hour): There is a case to be made that Ann Romney’s speech about her husband is as important as Mitt Romney’s speech about himself. What’s clear from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is that the economy continues to drag President Obama down and yet Romney isn’t able to surge forward because, well, people just don’t like him much. The only way for Romney to narrow that likability gap is to show people that he is more than just a rich business guy. And the person best equipped — and, yes, better equipped than Romney himself — to tell the story of Mitt the man is his wife.

* Chris Christie (10 p.m. hour): The New Jersey governor’s keynote address will be viewed by most savvy political types as a speech as much about what Christie’s future than Romney’s present. Christie is clearly reveling in his time as the Republican party’s biggest star — he was mobbed by reporters and cameramen when he toured the convention hall Monday — and he and his political team understand the importance of giving a well reviewed speech tonight. Expect the Christie conservatives have fallen in love with — no nonsense, tough talking — to be on full display. The question/challenge for Christie is whether he can go big; can he find a moment that shows him as the sort of visionary leader the party could be looking for in 2016 if Romney falls short?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the our fellow Americans in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac set to make landfall soon.

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      • BACKROOM DEAL STYMIES GREASSROOTS

        During a roll call in which each state pledged their delegates. . .each time delegates were pledged to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the hall erupted in loud applause, indicative of his still insurgent support and fissures in the party.

        Hurricane Isaac will likely be making landfall. . .

        Another storm was brewing. . .between delegates pledged to support Romney and ardent supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

        Paul never officially suspended his presidential campaign. Paul supporters looking for a floor fight over new rules to prevent insurgent candidates from amassing delegates at the convention were mostly stymied by a BACKROOM deal brokered Monday night.

        Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin urged delegates to reject the deal in a post on her Facebook page.

        “Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected,” Palin wrote.

        Paul supporters took to the floor chanting his name today and out-shouting Romney backers. Paul, who was not invited to speak at the convention, also walked the floor greeting supporters.

  1. From the floor:

    Maine Republican national committee member and delegate Rick Bennett says that the process of seating delegates (which has excluded some from Maine who supported Rep. Ron Paul), “was incredibly messy , and nobody feels treated well. We’re operating under an antiquated process, with a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong.”

    “Unfortunately,” he adds, “this is going to turn some people off. It’s going to turn some real energy and activism off.”

  2. From (leaving) the floor:

    Campaign Insider

    Paul supporters disrupt rules vote ahead of Romney roll call
    by Dave Nyczepir / Aug 28 2012

    TAMPA, Fla.—Backers of Rep. Ron Paul made themselves heard on the convention floor Tuesday, booing and shouting in anger as party officials moved to pass new delegate rules governing future Republican primary contests.

    The ruckus on the floor came just ahead of the roll call vote that officially nominated Mitt Romney.

    As the Convention’s permanent chairman, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), declared the new rules passed despite loud objections from Paul supporters on the floor.

    Maine’s alternate delegates walked out chanting, “As we go, so goes the nation.” Some members of the Texas delegation followed Maine’s chorus with their own calls for, “Point of order,” but to no avail. Though the “yeas” rivaled the “neas,” on the voice vote, Boehner quickly moved on.

    Things quieted inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum as quickly as they escalated, when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took to the podium to herald in the GOP’s official platform. But in the Forum’s halls, the Maine alternates were making their hopeless case for inclusion to anyone who would hear them.

    Maine’s delegation agreed at the state convention to put a motion forward at the RNC, ensuring their 20 duly elected delegates would be seated. “In the last couple weeks there was an effort to unseat those delegates,” says Jed Curtis, a Maine alternate. “As the motion appears to have failed, the Secret Service came to escort us out—though walking out was our intention.”

    Curtis’s fellow alternates cried, “Shame on Mitt Romney,” and “This is going to happen to your states next,” to passersby, as they took their leave. The alternates’ leader, Eric Brakey, fought back tears and reassured fellow delegates with hugs as he headed for the exit.

    “You avoid this in the future by paying attention to all the voices in the Republican Party and not ignoring delegates because they have a different voice,” Brakey said. “And don’t appoint people from states like California and Arkansas to a committee to select Maine’s delegates. Mainers should be elected by Mainers.”

  3. RNC=DNC=CCCP

    “The GOP is smarter than we”!

    While, We The People, have hopes of saving our Nation — THEY, the GOP Elite, has none.

    We are idealistic — believers that Truth, Liberty and Justice will eventually prevail, thus saving US from imminent economic collapse and the loss of all freedoms!

    The GOP Establishment has no such illusions — THEY want to assure that ONLY THEY and THEIR OWN have first dibs on the choices pieces of meat, when the carving of the American People starts. THEY do not want rejuvenation of the Republican Party, nor is stagnation enough — PURGING is needed, so THEY are first in line to pick our bones clean when the economic collapse starts. (Same goes for the Dems in power).
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    We, the Real American People (the producers), are the HOST — and THEY, the Non-Producers, are the Parasites!

    While the Host was strong and healthy in the past — the parasites fed well with little notice on OUR loss.

    But, NOW the Parasites have become GREATER than the HOST — meaning in order to survive, THEY have to suck MORE blood out of US than we can produce for ourselves, let alone THEM.

    Realizing this, THEY are preparing the road ONLY for THEMSELVES and THEIR OWN to strip our carcass clean (after they’ve sucked US dry).
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    Now, back to working two jobs Real Americans, so you can produce some more to feed THEM longer…until THEY are finally ready to send you to the glue factory… (“Animal Farm” by George Orwell).

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