In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Bobby Finger on what you missed by missing the Republican National Convention.
The elevator in Tampa’s Rivergate Tower bounces occasionally in the most anxiety-inducing manner. On the 9th floor, where Politico’s Hub was located, its floors are exposed cement — untreated and unpleasant. The lucite furniture is temporary, as are the crowds. But the view? The view is magnificent. Outside, drenched in a sunny blanket of humidity that seems to cover the entire city, the Republican National Convention is underway. Standing in the middle of the most important event of the election cycle thus far, I feel not just out of place, but from another world. I clutch my phone while leaning against the windowpane and see thousands of credentialed people on their way to do … what, exactly? I have four days to find out.