I am thrilled to announce that I received an invitation from the Republican National Convention to represent the blogging community when George Bush is nominated for a second term!
The Committee on Arrangements sent out the invitations this evening:
For the first time, bloggers will hold an on-site presence at the Republican National Convention called “Bloggers Corner.” Positioned near Radio Row, credentialed bloggers will have the opportunity to connect with delegates, guests and other surrogates for interviews, and to provide original content, including multimedia, to their audiences. Through this behind-the-scenes look at the convention’s proceedings and events, bloggers will play an important role in telling the story of the 2004 Republican Convention.
Bloggers Corner will be located in Madison Square Garden’s Theater Lobby in the corridor adjacent to Radio Row. Electrical outlets, tabled work stations and necessary hook-ups for laptop and other portable computers will be available for high-speed Internet and Intranet access. Main TV monitors will also be accessible in all convention common areas including Bloggers Corner and will carry closed circuit coverage of all floor activities.
The First Mate and I discussed the opportunity to do this, and she supports my decision to go 100%, even though she has some security concerns. (She won’t be able to accompany me, as she won’t get accredited for the floor and probably wouldn’t be up for sitting in a hotel room all day and all night long.) However, we both feel that political activity has become even more important in the war on Islamofascist terror, and if I backed away from this extraordinary opportunity, it would constitute little more than a Spanish-style surrender to fear.
Besides … what could be more fun, and more meaningful, than being part of the most crucial presidential election in a generation?
I’ve already booked my flight, and have asked for some guidance from the COA on finding a room (which they offered as a courtesy to the bloggers invited). As accommodations can be rather expensive, I’ve added a PayPal tip jar to the left sidebar to defray some of my expenses for the trip. I can guarantee you that I will be going regardless of what funds I receive, but if you think you’ll enjoy my coverage of the convention and you have a few bucks to toss in, I’d certainly appreciate it.
And even if you don’t have a few bucks, let me tell you, it was you folks who got me credentialed for the RNC. You’ve made this blog far more successful than I ever dreamed possible, and I’ll never be able to tell you just how much I appreciate it. Thanks for everything!
UPDATE: Fixed PayPal button … Hat tip to Pete at One Big Swede!
UPDATE II: Wizbang and Slant Point are also invited. Looking forward to meeting you all there! And if you aren’t comfortable with PayPal but you’d still like to donate (bless you!), drop me an e-mail and I’ll let you know where you can send a check.
UPDATE III: More bloggers get credentialed — Michele at A Small Victory, and Matt Margolis (a no-brainer — he does run Blogs for Bush, after all). (Hat tip: Mind of Mog)
UPDATE IV: Added an Amazon donation option, per your requests!
UPDATE V: Big thanks to This Blog Is Full Of Crap, which has suggested sending money to CQ rather than Andrew Sullivan, since Sullivan has decided to endorse John Kerry. At least one of his readers has already put that plan into action.