The 2012 Republican National Convention, or RNC, wraps up its four-day festivities tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida with a speech by GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Over the course of the convention, speeches have been made by former governors (and presidential hopefuls) Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee, as well as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Romney running mate Paul Ryan. But before Gut Check can talk politics, it's imperative that we first talk snacks. See, for us, watching political convention coverage isn't unlike a night at the movies -- for both, you can find us perched on the edge of our seat, yelling at the screen and working up an appetite. To prepare for tonight's closing ceremonies, Gut Check has compiled a list of on-theme snacks to stockpile.
Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream Ice Cream In 2011, Gut Check taste-tested two Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors fashioned for late-night show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. The verdict was that Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream flavor edged out the competition, so it stands to reason that a pint of the vanilla-based ice cream well complements the RNC's vanilla-based proceedings. Of course, as the ice cream's namesake and his Nation well know, Colbert is backing a Romney/Ryan ticket in this year's election, which means a vote for scoops of AmeriCone Dream is a vote for elephants everywhere.
Nuts (for Throwing) On Tuesday, August 28, stories emerged from the RNC that a convention attendee was forced to exit the Tampa Bay Times Forum after throwing nuts at a CNN camerawoman while yelling, "This is how we feed animals." More than grossly offensive, the incident also befuddles Gut Check for another reason: The elephant is the Republican party's spirit animal, and if we learned anything from Dumbo, it's that elephants love to eat nuts. It would seem that the dumbo nut-thrower, however, wasn't in the know.
Anything from Chick-fil-A Because, obviously.