Sure, there will be campaigning this weekend.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have events in Michigan on Friday, and they'll be together again Saturday in Ohio. And Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser Friday in the Hamptons hosted by Tony winner Nathan Lane and then show up at fundraisers Saturday and Sunday in Massachusetts. And Ryan will break away to raise campaign cash at events in Michigan and New Hampshire.
But the focus is rapidly shifting to Tampa, Fla., and the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday and runs through Thursday.
Romney Campaign Strategist Russ Schriefer will give reporters a preview of the convention program in a conference call on Friday, and students from Tampa's Gaither High School will gather to inflate over 120,000 red, white and blue balloons for the "balloon drop'" on the final day of the convention.
Then, on Sunday, there will be rallies and receptions and parties throughout Tampa. Included:
- The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee "Delegate and Media Kick-Off Event" welcoming delegates and journalists. The invitation-only cocktail reception features a performance by country music star Rodney Atkins.
- Rep. Ron Paul will hold a rally.
- Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann will speak at the Unity Rally 2012.
- Newt Gingrich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak at the Faith & Freedom Celebration.
- The Log Cabin Republicans of Florida will hold a welcome reception.
- The Republican Governors Association will have a welcome reception.
And CNN will broadcast a 90-minute documentary at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday titled "Romney Revealed: Family, Faith, and the Road to Power."
While the preconvention activities are underway Sunday in Tampa, Donald Trump will be in Sarasota being honored as "Statesman of the Year" by the Sarasota Republican Party. (Did Trump ever say what his role will be at the convention?)
Oh, and don't forget Dogs Against Romney. That group plans to unveil a new iPhone/iPad video game Sunday afternoon called "Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed."
The big question later in the week: Will Tropical Storm Isaac — in the form of a hurricane — hit Tampa?
And then there is this: It seems only appropriate that Mike Huckabee's birthday is this weekend. He turns 57 on Friday.
Sources: Yahoo! News, Associated Press