Of course, conventions do not serve their original role as gatherings of party poobahs for the purpose of selecting a candidate. Remember 1924, when Democrats took 103 ballots to select a man to get beaten by Calvin Coolidge.
That Was a Convention ! Mayor Daley Makes '68 Gathering Something to RememberIn the case of Mr. Bush, he seems not interested in politics the way fellow President Bill Clinton is. It's also thought his presence would not help Mitt Romney's efforts.
I remember the days of gavel to gavel coverage and we all watched these events all day. With no excitement left, the only drama is the acceptance speech and what will be an entertaining keynote by Gov Chris Christie.
George W. Bush to skip GOP convention in Tampa