GOP Tampa Convention?
They walked a red carpet. They were showered with balloons and confetti. They dined on shrimp cocktail and fruit dipped in a chocolate fountain. Members of the 2008 Republican National Convention site selection committee were treated like celebrities Monday as they toured Tampa venues and landmarks. Whether the coddling made any difference is an open question. The nine-member selection team will wrap up its visit today with a tour of Pinellas County sites before heading to Cleveland. That's the final visit of four cities vying to host the GOP gathering in September 2008. The other two are Minneapolis and New York. More here.
Meanwhile, the Times editorial board does a little groveling and cajoling of its own for Tampa's bid. See here.