Hammer time at the RNC

By Tim Grieve

Published August 30, 2004 8:45PM (EDT)

In the unlikely event of a floor fight at this week's Republican National Convention, the chair will have plenty of power to gavel it down.

Between sessions Monday afternoon inside Madison Square Garden, stage technicians worked to fine tune the sound made by the convention gavel. On its own, the gavel has a thin, hollow sort of sound sound, like a toddler tapping a toy hammer on a wooden peg. But thanks to modern electronics and the men behind the curtain -- and in this case, there really were men behind a black curtain, tinkering with the sound board -- the GOP gavel will pound with a chair-rattling thud. It is firm and strong and resolute -- or at least it sounds that way -- just like a certain incumbent president we know.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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