Read part I of Scrapbook’s guide to the Republican National Convention here.

The Star is Born Moment?

Like Obama’s speech at the 2004 DNC, almost every convention holds a glimpse of the party’s future. US prime-time begins at about 5am over here, but there are a few speeches that’ll be worth YouTubing over cereal the next morning.

The smart money for the rousing barnstormer is on Tea Party poster boy Marco Rubio, who was tipped by many for the VP pick and is pretty much guaranteed to run in 2016/2020. But New Jersey governor Chris Christie, headlining Tuesday night, has a reputation for being something of a mean spirited Boris Johnson:

Blunt, acerbic and often intentionally funny — Christie told CBS he had no plans to tone himself down for the national stage, saying:

“They know what they’re buying.”

To be absolutely sure they do know what they’re buying, Christie put together a document of his time as NJ Governor expressed in numbers.

It listed one hurricane, three Springsteen concerts and 327,832 David Letterman Fat Jokes.

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