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Democrats even had plans for Vice President Joe Biden to crash the Republicans' party in Tampa with his own event. But they canceled Biden's appearance as Hurricane Isaac threatened the Florida coast. This week, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is remaining largely hidden, huddled in Vermont preparing for his upcoming debates with Obama. But Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has been busy on the campaign trail criticizing Obama's record.

It makes you wonder how many more conventions will it take before both parties decide to just face off at the same time in the same city in some sort of political death match. In the face of the declining television ratings of recent conventions, planners would hope such a clash would garner viewers at the same level of (similarly staged) professional wrestling extravaganzas.

But Priebus, the GOP chairman, started this week's Charlotte counter operations by promising to keep things civil.

"We're not the type of folks who go into an arena and start shouting," he said in reference to the handful of protestors who interrupted last week's Republican convention. So even in promising civility, Priebus could not resist throwing a rhetorical jab.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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