WATCH THE TONE

Associated Press

"You can tone down the happy-days-are-here-again a bit. Maybe you don't have the biggest balloon drop in history." — Rich Galen, veteran Republican consultant in Washington, discussing how to strike an appropriate tone at a convention that unfolds against the backdrop of a major storm.

— Thomas Beaumont — Twitter http://twitter.com/tombeaumont

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