Two takeaways from the GOP convention tonight:

1.) This sucks.

2.) Hard.

I don't know what they did to this convention hall, but it makes it look twice as big and four times as empty. Watching it on CNN, it looks just like the Democratic convention, only a lot redder. Watching it on C-SPAN, it looks like they were kind of hoping that Gustav would draw people's attention away from the giant sucking sound.

FORMALWEAR UPDATE: Far too many of the delegates are dressed like they're going to church.