#GOP2012: Photoblogging Behind the Scenes at the RNC

Roger Kimball wrote up our tour of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday. That's where the major speeches, songs and TV events will occur all week. Tonight, SC Gov. Nikki Haley, actress and PJM columnist Janine Turner, NJ Gov Chris Christie, and Ann Romney will be among the highlights.

But before they can deliver their addresses, a lot of work goes into setting the whole shebang up, and Roger, Roger, and I got to go backstage and around the arena while those preparations were going on. Here's Roger talking to PJTV in the forum's main control room.

This is the grand stage. It's difficult to tell from photos, but all of those panels are LCD video screens that will change depending on the program content.

We watched singer Beau Davidson work with the band on a patriotic song he'll sing this week. The stage wraps him in a video tribute to the military.

Here's a view from just below and in front of the stage.