Live from RNC: GOP Disrespecting Bloggers

2:20 PM PDT 

What's the problem with the Republican party and bloggers?

Here on what is passing for "Bloggers Row," there is plenty of grumbling about the accommodations supplied by our hosts. Some descriptives are not printable.  Most reflect a huge disappointment with the way the GOP has shunted most of the bloggers off to the side, far from the action, dispersed throughout a gigantic "Press Filing Center" where the working media comes to hook up to the net and file their stories.

Josh Trevino of Joshua Trevino.com thinks that the blogger setup at this year's convention compares very poorly with the 2004 GOP confab in New York.

"It was better in 2004," says Trevino. "There was a sense of community." The bloggers were all together in one place, located next to "Radio Row" where talk radio hosts were on the air constantly. Besides, there is a natural symbiosis between bloggers and talk radio that worked to give the pajamas crowd the feeling that they were part of the event.

The dungeon that the GOP has put bloggers in this time around would be familiar to Torquemada and his buddies who made the Spanish Inquisition such a great party. And the labyrinth one has to navigate to find the darn place would tax the abilities of a carrier pigeon.  I honestly felt like leaving a trail of breadcrumbs when I went out for a quick smoke. Not that it would do any good. The food on our level is so bad that I have no doubt some ravenously hungry media type would have preferred the breadcrumbs to the greasy, tasteless crud they were serving at the kiosks. If I wanted the same stuff they serve at a hockey game, I would go to the Libertarian convention down the way.

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs found herself having to sit on the floor to blog. She wrote the RNC and got a nice little note back apologizing for the fact that they don't take bloggers very seriously. They were contrite that they could "only work with the resources" they were given and said they would try to bring some people by to interview. Pamela is still waiting.