It's impossible not to see the signs that the Republican National Convention is right around the corner. Two banners were placed in the lobby of the hotel in which I'm staying this week -- one welcomes the North Carolina delegation, as it prepares to arrive; the other welcomes the New Mexico delegation.
Huge blue or red GOP banners can be found outside the XCel Center, which as mentioned in a previous post was toured by our group yesterday.
Walkways are being altered, traffic detours are about to go up, and security is ramping up.
I've overheard a few people not connected with the Washington Center group doing their own politicking for Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty to be named John McCain's running mate. It appears that they, Pawlenty and the rest of America will know tonight who that vice presidential candidate is going to be.
Of course, there is plenty of attention about Barack Obama's upcoming nomination address -- interestingly, I've not heard a single person within the Washington Center group say anything favorable about the decision to move the address from the smaller Pepsi Center to the larger Invesco Field at Mile High.
Now, before you attempt to respond to that last statement by saying -- duh, dude, you're surrounded by Republicans...what did you expect? -- please recognize that there are students and faculty of all political stripes here. Sure, a majority of them is Republican, but that's not everyone.