The Republican National Convention. Everyone who’s anyone in the GOP, from legislators to delegates to lobbyists to cabinet members to excited hangers-on, is here in the Xcel Energy Center.

You can generally identify a political celebrity from afar by the media scrum surrounding him or her. John Bolton had a scrum. Kay Bailey Hutchison had a scrum. Carlos Gutierrez had a scrum. Et cetera.

But the biggest crowd of reporters I’ve seen so far in St. Paul was gathered around…Jon Voigt, Midnight Cowboy actor, erstwhile Giuliani surrogate, and grandfather of The World’s Most Famous Twins.

Sorry, Mr. Bolton.








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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.