First day of RNC cancelled due to weather. Update: Storm moving West.

posted at 7:32 pm on August 25, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

We just received word that Monday’s slate of events for the RNC in Tampa will be postponed .

Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that “the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th.”

That move essentially postpones the activities of the first of four scheduled days of the convention. But Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that the details of the revised schedule were not yet settled, and could be announced as soon as Sunday.due to the approaching storm. The convention will be gavelled in and out, with the schedule being shifted to the remaining three days.

We’re still working on contingency plans and checking the flight schedules. The RNC held a conference call for us a short time ago in which they stressed the fact that as much of the full slate of speakers as can be managed will still take the stage. As the details come out, we’ll try to keep you updated here. In the meantime I’ll be watching the airline web site. We’re still going to get this done, but Mother Nature may throw a few glitches into the schedule.

Update: (Jazz) As of Sunday morning, the National Hurricane center has continued to move the projected path of Isaac to the West, as this updated graphic demonstrates.

Hurricane Isaac 2

Of course, as they stress in their update, just because the projected path of the storm is no longer covering Tampa, that’s just the actual hurricane and tropical storm boundaries. Clouds, thunderstorms and gusting winds can extend considerably further outward. Also, these are still just projections. We’ve gotten pretty good at forecasting these events, but conditions could still change. With that in mind, the RNC was still probably wise to err on the side of caution and give the storm an extra day to make sure everyone’s safety is assured.

What will this mean for air travel today and tomorrow? Stay tuned.

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New Orleans has a Republican mayor and a Republican governor now — and isn’t that interesting — and there is no way they’ll get tarred with the mistakes of Mayor Ray Nagin and the indecisiveness of Governor Kathleen Blanco.

tom on August 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Wasn’t aware NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu was a Republican now. When did he change parties?

Del Dolemonte on August 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

A State of Emergency has been inacted for Louisana, Mississippi, and Alabama due to #Isaac #lawx #mswx #alwx

“@GovernorBentley: Mandatory evacuations for Baldwin and Mobile Co’s beginning at 8am Mon for Zones 1&2 (both counties) #isaac

EVACUATION: St. Charles Parish calling mandatory evacuation due to #isaac #lawx

Earlier, NOLA Mayor said if evacuations are mandated, there will be NO public ‘safehouse’ provided, and all citizens are responsible to follow instructions to secure their safety.

pambi on August 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

For the zealots/counter-zealots arguing over God’s use of hurricanes (and His role in the political discourse) just remember that God said numerous times “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

I for one am struck how the new track has the storm headed directly for Claire McCaskill’s house in the “Oh, Yeah? Show Me!” state.

Along with several million others.

rwenger43 on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/26/revised-rnc-convention-schedule/2/
Hug-A-Bee keeps a speaking spot. He is to speak in prime time on Wed night, sometime between to 9 to 10 pm hour, right before Condi, Susana Martinez and then Paul Ryan.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Is that the only hour the LSM will be showing ??
Great. /

pambi on August 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Latest track shows that hurricane Isaac is headed straight for New Orleans. Obama hates black people.

scrubjay on August 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

For the zealots/counter-zealots arguing over God’s use of hurricanes (and His role in the political discourse) just remember that God said numerous times “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

can you tell me who is the prophet nowadays?

I for one am struck how the new track has the storm headed directly for Claire McCaskill’s house in the “Oh, Yeah? Show Me!” state.

Along with several million others.

rwenger43 on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

or god is going for Todd Akin! take you pick!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I realize it’s a logistical nightmare, but I’m kind of surprised the GOP is releasing its new convention schedule. I think they should plan on canceling Tuesday and running it Wed.-Fri. If this hurricane hits New Orleans, the media will be all barack, 24/7, contrasting his brilliance in a “national crisis” with GWB’s “failure to act.” It will be a dream come true for him and them, and Romney won’t get a mention, nor any coverage. Why even try to compete with that? Better yet, move the GOP convention to the week after the dem convention.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

With a Cat 2 or Cat 3 storm hitting the New Orleans area on Wednesday AM, you can be sure that the Dems will be calling the GOP heartless and insensitive by continuing to hold their convention. There will be calls for a suspension or cancellation, anything to disrupt the GOP nominating process. And the MSM will suck it right up.

Bet on it.

The Good Doctor on August 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

With a Cat 2 or Cat 3 storm hitting the New Orleans area on Wednesday AM, you can be sure that the Dems will be calling the GOP heartless and insensitive by continuing to hold their convention. There will be calls for a suspension or cancellation, anything to disrupt the GOP nominating process. And the MSM will suck it right up.

Bet on it.

The Good Doctor on August 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Of course they will, which is why I hope Priebus says, “OK, we’re moving it to immediately follow the dem convention…where they’ll be discussing abortion, by the way…and not much else.”

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

If this hurricane is another direct hit on New Orleans, will the country be ready to see billions in taxpayer dollars spent to “rebuild” it…again?

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM

If this hurricane is another direct hit on New Orleans, will the country be ready to see billions in taxpayer dollars spent to “rebuild” it…again?

I’d be willing to put a match to the wreckage.

papertiger on August 27, 2012 at 3:51 AM

If it hits New Orleans they’ll have to postpone it until all the people are healed and safe, and all property is repaired…at least. If GOP doesn’t postpone it – if it hits New Orleans – the Democrats’ MSM will destroy them.

Karmi on August 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Issac has never been rated as anything more than a tropical storm, now TS’s are the next Katrina… great imagination. Meanwhile there is light rain in Tampa… oh the horrors.

Dasher on August 27, 2012 at 8:23 AM

As I said on Saturday, the RNC was completely played and punked by the MSM into cancelling the Monday session. Now the screaming from the MSM about cancelling Tuesday.

Yes, I know these weeks are scheduled years in advance, and that the RNC chose this week to hurt Obama, but stop forever with the late August crap. This view is not worth the climb.

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

The Hurricane will give the dems yet another chance to bring up Bush and Katrina.

Funny after all those days of oil spilling in the gulf two years ago, it’s never mentioned. Poof, it never happened!

shar61 on August 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Flip side plus: gasoline prices will rise further w production halted in Gulf of Mexico.

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Hurricane will give the dems yet another chance to bring up Bush and Katrina.

Funny after all those days of oil spilling in the gulf two years ago, it’s never mentioned. Poof, it never happened!

shar61 on August 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I was really worried about that, too, but as I thought about it some more, I really think that if barack lands in his helicopter for the inevitable photo-op and starts promising billions in federal funds to NO, people are going to start saying, “Again? How many times are we going to do this?”

A lot of folks have no idea how much THEY paid to “rebuild” New Orleans. THAT will be part of the coverage, too. It has to be. There is a real downside to this for barack. You can only go to the well so many times before people say “enough, that below-sea-level city has to figure things out for itself. We can’t afford to rebuild it every 7 years.”

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

New Orleans has a Republican mayor and a Republican governor now — and isn’t that interesting — and there is no way they’ll get tarred with the mistakes of Mayor Ray Nagin and the indecisiveness of Governor Kathleen Blanco.

tom on August 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Wasn’t aware NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu was a Republican now. When did he change parties?

Del Dolemonte on August 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I remember hearing he was a Republican. He must have switched back to Democrat. Diabolically clever, that fellow…

/sarc

tom on August 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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