Epic Fail


TAMPA, Fla. — First, Isaac.

Now a hostage crisis.

GOP convention-goers at this very moment are experiencing their own form of air rage, only they’re not on the Tarmac.

And this isn’t JetBlue.

We’ve moved 6.4 miles in two hours on the GOP Express bus — to get to another bus.

The parking lot of Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the “new sombrero” if you’re a football fan, is being used as a secondary staging area for this pitiful excuse for a bus system.

It got so ugly aboard our charter bus that some of the delegates considered calling 911 out of pure desperation.

One woman begged to get off because she was feeling nauseous and claustrophobic.

Not exactly a glowing testimonial for the party that claims to have the solutions to America’s problems.

“This is not the Republican way,” one exasperated delegate said.

Republicans are paying penance for hanging chads.

1:36 a.m. — We’ve transferred to the second bus back to the resort where the Connecticut delegation is staying after traipsing through the morning dew in a grass field.

A 45-minute ride awaits us.

“My last bus was a near riot,” said Jerry Labriola Jr., the Connecticut GOP chairman.

A lunch event with Ann Romney has been moved up to breakfast Wednesday, meaning some delegates in outlying areas will have to be back on the GOP Express at 6 a.m.

Some delegates are clamoring for Waffle House.

Their Tuesday credentials are no longer even valid.

It’s Wednesday.


2:40 a.m. Connecticut delegates finally arrive back at their hotel, nearly three hours after leaving the convention.

Roadkill: raccoon hit by the group’s charter bus along the way.

Bus fittingly takes State Highway 666 en route to hotel.



Neil Vigdor