Just like the Democratic National Convention, days of outings, entertainment, parties thrown by the large soft money donors, and some occasional rhetoric about how great they are and how horrible the other party is (with no recognition usually given to any third parties so as to avoid appearing like they're having an effect).

No strategy sessions, no debates, no discussions, nothing. It's all about trying to convince each other how correct they are, while showing the public only enough to make them think it's something important. In fact, the most important events that occur at a national convention are probably the parties thrown by the big money groups to "remind" the party of the donations and make sure the politicans "remember" them when the issues come around.

A show, pure and simple.