Republican National Convention: Then and Now

In 1988, Jeff traveled to cover the Republican National Convention in New Orleans. The nominees were George H.W. Bush for president and Dan Quayle as his running mate. The mania inside was palpable – all the expected pomp and craze associated with a popular candidate’s assent to power.

Just over a mile away, the residents of one of New Orlean’s many ghettos had very different opinions about the policy candidates were expounding. You can watch a clip here:

The 2016 RNC is underway and its interesting to see how the world has changed. Though the Republican party has retained some of its ideology, the atmosphere has turned toxic. The hatred that fuels both sides of the argument disintegrates the very nature of democracy. What will the outcome be? Only time will tell…