Inside the GOP Amusement Park

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Conventioneers are here for Romney and the speeches -- but also the amazing sideshow.

TAMPA -- House Speaker John Boehner is hosting a nightly warehouse party here in Tampa for GOP bigwigs. A Republican aide sends along this picture of the defining internal feature of the space: a carousel. Seems apt somehow for the general carnival environment that characterizes political conventions. Boehner's warehouse parties at the GOP conventions are a tradition that dates back to 1996. Boehnerwarehouseparty.jpg

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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