This September, President George W. Bush will take the Republican National Convention stage for the last time as the head of our nation, the head of our party and give over the seat at the top of the ticket to John S. McCain. Bittersweet and exciting – but such is the political life.

Minneapolis is just COOL. The GOP Convention 2008 folks are building staff – and making this convention the most tech-savvy and leading edge ever. Not to mention the Blog Madness fun… here are some of the highlights:

Just six months away… here come the planners! Not to mention… Executive Producer Named for GOP Convention and here comes the Google Innovation and YouTube and Digital Delegates!

—Media Lizzy 

Finally… in today’s update from GOP Convention President & CEO Maria Cino:

This Isn’t Your Father’s GOP’

The GOP continues to round out its roster of official providers to the 2008 Republican National Convention with choices clearly designed to achieve the party’s goal of hosting the most tech-savvy convention in history. In the past month, Qwest and Google joined the already stellar line-up of Ustream.TV, YouTube, Travel Tech, and PR Newswire. In addition, the convention team is online with social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Qwest Communications International Inc. will serve as the Official Communications Provider for the presidential nominating convention. As the Official Communications Provider, Qwest will be the exclusive provider of high-speed Internet as well as voice and data lines for the COA. Qwest also will provide hosting services and 24/7 network management and technical support.

Learn more about the Official Communications Provider in the News Room.

Google Inc. will serve as the convention’s Official Innovation Provider. Convention President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Cino made the announcement in a unique video posted to the convention’s new YouTubeTM channel. The video is also showcased on the convention’s website, and highlights Google’s cutting-edge, computer-generated SketchUpTM graphics of the Xcel Energy Center, where the 2008 Republican National Convention will be held. The video has already been viewed 20,000 times.

“Google and YouTube are synonymous with innovation, and our groundbreaking collaboration will set a new precedent for engaging and involving Americans in the Republican National Convention,” said Cino. “We also remain firmly focused on providing Senator McCain with every tool available to communicate his message to the American people – and this agreement is an important part of our efforts.”

Learn more about the Official Innovation Provider in the News Room.

The announcements made a huge splash online, especially among bloggers! Click through the list below for just a sampling of the coverage: