On the agenda today at the Republican National Convention in Tampa:
Tuesday’s most important business will likely be done in the afternoon, as the GOP holds a roll-call vote to formally nominate Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). There’s no danger that either man will lose the vote. But that moment, too, presents a worry to party bosses, since it could allow unhappy supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to ruin the choreography by shouting for their man.
In the evening, Republicans will begin making the rhetorical case for Romney — and themselves.
Speakers include House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio); Mia Love, a Utah mayor vying to become the first black woman elected to Congress as a Republican; former senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), an upstart presidential candidate who was Romney’s strongest challenger for the nomination but has become an effective surrogate for the candidate; and former congressman Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who gave the speech seconding Obama’s nomination at the Democratic convention in 2008 but now opposes the president. Davis ran for Alabama governor as a Democrat in 2010 and lost. He recently declared himself a Republican, saying he was disappointed by Obama’s failure to unite the country.