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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IT’S ALL A CONSPIRACY AGAINST SUPER SEXY RON PAUL!!11111

wargamer6 on August 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Please. Is there any other kind?

RINO in Name Only on August 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM

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canopfor on August 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Wow! High Impact convention! Not!

TheAlamos on August 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

That means Huckabee’s canceled. Thanks, great maker of hurricanes!

EddieC on August 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

What idiot decided to hold a convention in Florida. In August? Seriously?

CapitalistPig on August 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM

budfox on August 25, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Or you could stop whining and wetting yourself.

wargamer6 on August 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Hopefully, one of the individuals to get cut will be Mike Huckabee, who no longer deserves a speaking slot given his recent antics involving Todd Akin.

john.frank on August 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Isaac forecast track has now been adjusted even farther to the West out into the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa might not even see any clouds.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201209_5day.html

All models but one now have Isaac completely missing Florida except for an initial pass as a tropical storm through the Keys:

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201209_model.html

Monday might be a sunny day in Tampa.

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Isaac forecast track has now been adjusted even farther to the West out into the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa might not even see any clouds.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201209_5day.html

All models but one now have Isaac completely missing Florida except for an initial pass as a tropical storm through the Keys:

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201209_model.html

Monday might be a sunny day in Tampa.

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

As if liberals aren’t depressed enough..

The Notorious G.O.P on August 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM

If only the RNC would have selected Phoenix instead of Tampa….no weather problems to worry about…just hot…but hey plenty of brand new air conditioned exhibition space. And a plus…what better place to show the damage wroght by the housing market/bad economy. Phoenix real estate used to be booming.

azconservativegirl on August 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Are they rotating the days so the convention goes longer? Heck, why not just postpone it for a week? I know the media will be covering the hurricane plus aftermath to suck any positive momentum out of the convention anyways so, heck go 1 week
into September?

athenadelphi on August 26, 2012 at 1:52 AM

If only the RNC would have selected Phoenix instead of Tampa….no weather problems to worry about…just hot…but hey plenty of brand new air conditioned exhibition space. And a plus…what better place to show the damage wroght by the housing market/bad economy. Phoenix real estate used to be booming.

azconservativegirl on August 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Plus, they could take the opportunity since AZ is right next to California, to highlight their pro-immigration policies instead of always being hit for being anti-immigration? AZ I hear has a large population of not only Central/South Americans but also transplants of Somali’s, Iraqi’s and other immigrants. It would be a great place to show what could be done the right way instead of the wrong way! Dying in the desert heat, environmental destruction, WOMEN HELD HOSTAGES FOR RANSOM and with a crack down on coyotes its pro-women! Yep, should’ve held it here. Its not like having the convention in Florida is going to give them any electoral help. AZ has a lot of seniors and if you can convince them, you can convince FL seniors too.

athenadelphi on August 26, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Yankees make fun of Southerners when they freak because of two inches of snow. Well….

Fly on down, Jazz.

INC on August 26, 2012 at 2:37 AM

WINNER!

TheAlamos on August 26, 2012 at 2:59 AM

roof positive that stupid cannot be repaired.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

You’ll eat your own words when your favorite Shapeshifter loses by November.

TheAlamos on August 26, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Reince Priebus writes:

MEMO DATE: August 25, 2012 FROM: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus @Reince TO: Interested Parties RE: RNC Convention Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow. Our first priority… Read More

If this information has already been posted, my apologies: I haven’t read full post nor the comments earlier and am working with a new computer so preoccupied.

Lourdes on August 26, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Why does Hot Air tolerate insufferable bigots like nathor? What, exactly, do they add to the conversation?

CanofSand on August 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

naa, its all good fun. I think the only insulted ppl are the ones that believe God is controlling the hurricanes and punishing ppl they dont agree with with those hurricanes.

I kinda have irreconcilable differences with such believers but I dont think most believers in HA are of that type. I actually think HA believers might enjoy a good mockery of those real bigots.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Why does Hot Air tolerate insufferable bigots like nathor? What, exactly, do they add to the conversation?

CanofSand on August 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Nathor goes around to different threads trying to disrupt the discussions and change the subject. He bashes Mormonism (says the hurricane is God’s wrath for nominating a mormon) and thinks he is mocking conservatives. He is a disruptive troll who is playing a Fred Phelps/Jerry Falwell type character and who seems to be trying to make this website and believers in particular look bad.

I don’t call for moderation often, but it seems warranted here.

bluegill on August 26, 2012 at 7:21 AM

This hurricane track has it aimed almost directly at New Orleans and the Gulf coast, however. If it charges up over the Gulf then it is possible they could get a repeat of ’05. Of course, that idiot Dem mayor of theirs, Nagin, dragged his feet during the Katrina emergency, and has been dragging his feet ever since in the fixes and levis that were supposed to be put into place.

This could well be Obama’s Katrina moment

theflyonthewall on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Chimpy McBusHitlerBurton is at it again with his hurricane machine.

CorporatePiggy on August 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM

This could well be Obama’s Katrina moment

theflyonthewall on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

barack is on his knees praying to Allah for a direct hit on NO so his media arm can spend a week in breathless comparison between his response and GWB’s. It would be a dream come true for his campaign.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Nathor goes around to different threads trying to disrupt the discussions and change the subject. He bashes Mormonism (says the hurricane is God’s wrath for nominating a mormon) and thinks he is mocking

what exactly is the subject of a hurricane hitting the GOP convention? in a party that is so religiously charged, there is actually political points to score out of this event.
I repeat, I am not mocking mormons, I am mocking those who can actually believe such things as god punishes ppl with hurricanes.
If a mormon feels bad with this joke, its because they perceive that some ppl might actually think that way. that is not my problem.

conservatives. He is a disruptive troll who is playing a Fred Phelps/Jerry Falwell type character and who seems to be trying to make this website and believers in particular look bad.

hmm? the outside perception of ppl reading this blog never crossed my mind. but even so I assume they were smart enough to see it as a joke. although I admit Poe’s law can apply.

I don’t call for moderation often, but it seems warranted here.

bluegill on August 26, 2012 at 7:21 AM

you seem to worry about the outside perception, well, I can say that the comments on the OOTD threads or birther threads can be more damaging to the blog than my mild mockery. so spare me your false outrage.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

that is not my problem.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

It so clearly IS your problem…one among many, obviously.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Regardless of the effect of the storm on political gatherings, a more relevant consequence to me will be; how will it affect off-shore oil drilling and gasoline prices in Florida, where I live?

bugsy on August 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Some folks around here are in for a surprise. My take.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Good grief….not another hurricane hitting Louisanna and New Orleans??? My God, we will never hear the end of it…”It is all Bush’s fault..global warming…end of the world…blah, blah…”

siwrcw03 on August 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This hurricane is turning out perfectly for the GOP. It is not bad enough to stop the convention but will be windy and wet enough to make life miserable for the occupy and anarchist protesters. Paper mache figures weighing 5-10 times their normal weight, placards wet and wilted, clothing soaked, howling winds drowning out their mindless chants. Works for me.

scrubjay on August 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

As of Sunday morning, the National Hurricane center has continued to move the projected path of Isaac to the West

Not that this would surprise anyone who lives in Florida. If you check the historical tracking data, very, I mean VERY rarely do hurricanes that come along the same path as Isaac steer up the west coast. They normally head further west.

GrayDog on August 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Some folks around here are in for a surprise. My take.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

dear lord!

kingjester words in his blog:

Finally, do you stand with those who believe that the schemes and plans thought up by limited men overrule those created by a limitless God?

You see, what 92% of Americans have already figured out for themselves, is no matter where you go, you can’t run away from the reach of God.

Just ask the RNC what happened to the first day of their Convention.

who is making HA look bad now hum?

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

who is making HA look bad now hum?

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yeah. So bad that the Senate Republicans, thehill.com, and Jammie Wearing Fool all follow me on Twitter.

78% per cent of Americans proclaim their Christianity, per Gallup.

You’re outnumbered. Big time.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

As funny as it is to imagine God wants to sabotage the GOP, I’m happy Isaac will avoid Tampa. Big storms tend to hurt the most vulnerable.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yeah. So bad that the Senate Republicans, thehill.com, and Jammie Wearing Fool all follow me on Twitter.

well, Todd Akin could very well be one of your twitter congressional followers.
anyway, how many of those GOP senators agree that God punishes anyone with hurricanes?

78% per cent of Americans proclaim their Christianity, per Gallup.

You’re outnumbered. Big time.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

how many christians or religious ppl in this country agree that God punishes or send messages to anyone with hurricanes? on this I am on the clear majority dear fundie.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Tampa is not under much threat with the storm going west. Tampa isn’t the concern anymore. Now it’s LA, AL and the problems associated with hurricanes.

Scheduling the RNC in the late part of August is pretty stupid. They used to be earlier and it seems only the last two conventions have been postponed because of hurricanes. Duh!!! Plan ahead. Move them up. It’s the southern states affected by these things. Figure it out!

BetseyRoss on August 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Hey repubs, made ya blink, signed Issac. Just like the Akin thing, our guys are running around looking for the mouse that roared. This is a TS and it looked fairly scattered on radar last night. It’s got to go over Cuba first before the Keys. Just like everything else the media does, it’s over hyped. Heard Harris Faulkner call it a beast, honey, please.

Kissmygrits on August 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Tampa is not under much threat with the storm going west. Tampa isn’t the concern anymore. Now it’s LA, AL and the problems associated with hurricanes.
BetseyRoss on August 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

in honor of Kingjester, I am going to extend my original list:
what we have to ask ourselfs is why God is angry with republicans!
a) God does not like mormons
b) God does not like his prophet todd Akin to be attacked by the party establishment.
c) God likes rebubs, he just after Biden.
d) God is angry that Sarah Palin was snubed
e) God is warning the Gop and south states that he does not like bigotry in his name

lets us pray and search in our hearts the right answer!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

It’s hard for you to comprehend things, sequestered in your Mom’s basement, isn’t it?

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

When God is telling you 5 or 6 things at once, it isn’t God. It’s teh crazy. Maybe God is just telling you to take your meds.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

You see, what 92% of Americans have already figured out for themselves, is no matter where you go, you can’t run away from the reach of God.

Just ask the RNC what happened to the first day of their Convention.
kingsjester

On a personal note, I Actually though more highly of you. claiming natural disasters as god’s will and use it as a political weapon against your political adversaries is not something that expected from you.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

When God is telling you 5 or 6 things at once, it isn’t God. It’s teh crazy. Maybe God is just telling you to take your meds.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

poe law my friend, poe’s law!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Folks, I don’t think weather was the ONLY reason for the cancellation of the first day. The anarchists- coupled with apparent coordination for DC- apparently had a fair amount of ugliness planned for the day the Romney was to be nominated.

michaelo on August 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

It’s hard for you to comprehend things, sequestered in your Mom’s basement, isn’t it?

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

going so personal seems a clear sign that you have no answer for my arguments. Kingjester, please explain HA that you see this hurricane as a god message to the GOP. these were your words from your blog:

Finally, do you stand with those who believe that the schemes and plans thought up by limited men overrule those created by a limitless God?

You see, what 92% of Americans have already figured out for themselves, is no matter where you go, you can’t run away from the reach of God.

Just ask the RNC what happened to the first day of their Convention.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Its obvious! Tropical Storm Isaac is a Registered Democrat working for Anonymous

Varchild on August 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wow at least this storm has brought Religion to the Democrats… I’ve read several things from them praising God that he would send a storm to wash away the evil Republicans, An Omen from God so to speak. Oh ,and Crist is backing Obama…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Uh huh. Your arguments are written out of ignorance.

When your adversary is digging a hole, stand back and let him finish.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Gee, I wonder if Obama will have to stop campaigning and do some actual governing, if the storm causes damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama?

lizzieillinois on August 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

As of Sunday morning, the National Hurricane center has continued to move the projected path of Isaac to the West

It came close enough to blow Hug-A-Bee off the speaker’s podium.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Gee, I wonder if Obama will have to stop campaigning and do some actual governing, if the storm causes damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama?

lizzieillinois on August 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

He’ll do a drive-by, land in his helicopter for a photo-op, and the media will fawn over his brilliant reaction to this “national crisis” — and then compare it to GWB’s racist reaction in 2005. The script is written. A direct hit on NO is a dream come true for barack. The media can completely ignore the RNC and fawn, fawn, fawn over brilliant barack for a week. He’ll be 10 point up in the polls by next Sunday if this things goes into NO.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

As funny as it is to imagine God wants to sabotage the GOP, I’m happy Isaac will avoid Tampa. Big storms tend to hurt the most vulnerable.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Narcissism. Full bore.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Uh huh. Your arguments are written out of ignorance.

When your adversary is digging a hole, stand back and let him finish.

kingsjester on August 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

lol!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

“What idiot decided to hold a convention in Florida. In August? Seriously?” – CapitalistPig

Best guess is, the same moron who scheduled the Democratic convention in a non-union state at the Bank of America complex.

For what it’s worth, I live in the Keys on a 40′ motoryacht. Looking forward to an adventurous evening. My Maggie’s post on it this morning is here.

Good times, good times.

Dr. Mercury on August 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Wow at least this storm has brought Religion to the Democrats… I’ve read several things from them praising God that he would send a storm to wash away the evil Republicans, An Omen from God so to speak. Oh ,and Crist is backing Obama…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

that is a good one! another addition to the list!

what we have to ask ourselfs is why God is angry with republicans!
a) God does not like mormons
b) God does not like his prophet todd Akin to be attacked by the party establishment.
c) God likes rebubs, he just after Biden.
d) God is angry that Sarah Palin was snubed
e) God is warning the Gop and south states that he does not like bigotry in his name
f) Its part of God’s plan to bring faith in him to the heathens in the dem party.

lets us pray and search in our hearts the right answer!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

You should update the list to include
g. It gave a loser like nathor something to do while spending all day stuck, as usual, in his studio apartment, with no one to talk to.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I would venture that the delegates by and large have been in Tampa since Friday and more on Saturday. Airfares are less with a Saturday stay over. And you might as well enjoy Tampa while you are there.

Tropical storms and minor hurricanes don’t bother normal people as much as they bother the media. What will hit Tampa is likely the equivalent of a thunder storm if that.

Dasher on August 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

You should update the list to include
g. It gave a loser like nathor something to do while spending all day stuck, as usual, in his studio apartment, with no one to talk to.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

actually I am with my 4 year old son in his playroom and while i am not writing in HA, I show him videos of hurricanes and try to explain him what they are.

swear to darwin I am not joking!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

They have completely overreacted, and now the MSM will push for the GOP to cancel Tuesday, as well, since the storm is slowing down.

matthew8787 on August 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I see another problem, even if the storm does not hit tampa head on, it will distract the media from the repub convention. and if the O goes into the south states, media it will give images of the O frolicking in disaster areas while the repubs are playing their political games in tampa.
bad luck, really!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

you mean, making theater for the media… yeah, that will be expected.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Maybe it’ll swing through the heartland, alleviate the drought, and then inexplicably start heading straight for Charlotte and gathering force.

Lawdawg86 on August 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

bluegill on August 26, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Good morning, I love you.

Rusty Allen on August 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That can only happen if Obama cancels the DNC convention.

sentinelrules on August 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

How about the other strom brewing, i.e., Romney’s legal team trying to force through rules changes that would weaken state delegate autonomy and possible insurgent challenge to him in 2016. Because his little RINO as* will be making deals with Progressives from day one and he knows it.

rrpjr on August 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

That can only happen if Obama cancels the DNC convention.

sentinelrules on August 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the convention were significantly reorganized as a telethon for hurricane victims, political speeches cancelled for testimonials from victims and regular updates of what’s going on with Obama shifting his DNC acceptance speech to the gulf region and directing his speech towards making the case that federal government is uniquely equipped to deal with these things and tying that into other areas the state can help Americans. I love it.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the convention were significantly reorganized as a telethon for hurricane victims, political speeches cancelled for testimonials from victims and regular updates of what’s going on with Obama shifting his DNC acceptance speech to the gulf region and directing his speech towards making the case that federal government is uniquely equipped to deal with these things and tying that into other areas the state can help Americans. I love it.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

That sounds like the first day of the 2008 GOP convention.

And, of course, the speech will include that Louisiana has a competent governor nowadays.

And that the smashed oil platforms will lead to $5-$6 gas for several months at least causing an economic recession.

Oh, and that Mormons caused the hurricane.

sentinelrules on August 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Models from private forecast company Weather Bell have the track even farther west:

http://www.weatherbellmodels.com/weather/hwrf/hwrf.2012082600/isaac09l/panel_c_loop.php

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

So happy to see that libforlife is eagerly hoping for a disaster so his/her messiah can go in and look “presidential” while the evil Republicans party on. Way to care for your fellow man…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The storm isn’t coming within 300 miles of Tampa. Tampa wont even be in the precipitation bands of Isaac. They won’t even get any rain, let alone have a storm.

If you are at the convention, enjoy your Monday, maybe go to Busch Gardens or something.

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Stay safe, Gulf Coast.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Speaking of the Gulf, T. Boone Pickens is on Fox News endorsing Romney’s energy plan. He says Mitt’s plan will work. Hmmmm.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Stay safe, Gulf Coast.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Thanks! Battening down here in Mobile.

kringeesmom on August 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

looks like it is headed to NO.Lord help all those in its path. That being said can you imagine if it hits NO again? Obama will be there in a flash trying to make political points on the backs of those devastated.The inevitable Katrina/Bush comparisons would be abundant..

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Oh dear.. Wednesday is the anniversary of Katrina…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Ybor City is a good place to stay indoors when it’s raining.

J.E. Dyer on August 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“It is good that Joe Biden is going to the Republican National Convention next week to hold high the flag of his party. People make fun of his gaffes, of his embarrassing verbal forays, but he’s no fool and he knows how to take it to the other guy. The speech he is working on, to be given in the heart of downtown, just across from the convention site, will be stirring and stentorian: ‘All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Tampa, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Tampon’.”

–Noonan

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Oh dear.. Wednesday is the anniversary of Katrina…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Is it really? Sheesh…I last heard this could be a Cat 2 or even 3 hurricane by then as well…I’ll say some extra prayers for Nawlins.

JetBoy on August 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in economic disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

You just described almost every Obama campaign stop over the last 18 months.

What’s to fear?

rwenger43 on August 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Don’t look now Charlie but Romney (who you tossed overboard in 2008) is the man of the hour in your own backyard.

Oh, wait………you’re not Governor or important anymore, sorry my bad.

And speaking of being tossed overboard, Romney is apparently writing off Todd Akin and Missouri pickup. Huckabee hardest hit.

Huckabee, the larger Charlie Christ.

PappyD61 on August 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

barack is on his knees praying to Allah for a direct hit on NO so his media arm can spend a week in breathless comparison between his response and GWB’s. It would be a dream come true for his campaign.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

And the RNC can respond with a barrage of ads showing a split-screen of Obama’s repeated golfing while the same Gulf Coast was drowning in the BP oil spill.

Myron Falwell on August 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Since we’re in the hypothetical:

Oooooh, I can’t wait to see the Obstructor-in-Chief flick some more tarballs off the beach. The beach isn’t pristine? Blame the Republican governors. Turn the EPA loose on them. Act in contempt for the orders of federal judges you disagree with.

Then it will be time for Obama to host a Disaster Relief Summit. I’m sure he will get some flunkie to commandeer the nearest resort that still has functional a/c so he doesn’t have to sweat while looking presidential.

Except that just like the G-8, the participants will probably complain that the real theme of the summit was “Re-elect Obama” instead of dealing with the issues at hand.

Yup, if a disastrous storm hits NO on 8/29, you can count on Obama to provide some type of assistance just before early voting begins in late October.

rwenger43 on August 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Gulf Coast residents aren’t forgetting Obama’s utter inaction during the BP oil spill, and then overreaction with his ILLEGAL ban on offshore drilling, not only costing thousands of jobs but millions in tourism revenue.

Nor has Gov. Jindal forgotten.

Sorry, but Obama will not be able to score a cheap political gain with Issac.

Myron Falwell on August 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Likeability.

http://www.barackobama.com/om-dinner-with-barack-sept-signon?source=om2012_LB_G_dwb-search_dinner_&omtype=ovf&subsource=mkwid|ULtivFqe|kw|dinner%20with%20barack|matchtype|e|pcrid|12525688484|pl||&gclid=CNX_rIHshbICFUHbtgod50sAJw

Will people vote for someone that they don’t LIKE?

I hope we see more of this with Mitt (and at the convention).

PappyD61 on August 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

It’ll be raining Muslims at the Dhimmicratic convention.

Akzed on August 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Akzed on August 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

As long as they’re condensing from black clouds of hate above 10,000′ it’s all good.

Kenosha Kid on August 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Once Issac hits the mainland it turns to rain… lots of it. I just might be pretty darn wet in NC for the DNC the following week.

Dasher on August 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The GOP really does not want a whole mess of images of Obama on the scene in disaster areas taking a first-person approach to the organization of federal aid.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

True, he never misses a photo-op, but then there’s nothing to worry really, he’s a notorious coward, so he will wait a few days until the hurricane is gone to show up to do a photo session on a pile of rubbles from some old barn carefully staged and presented by the LSM as damage from hurricane Isaac…

jimver on August 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Drudge has a headline that it may rival Katrina…

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

libfreeordie on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Let’s not let a good crisis go to waste, huh? Maybe your boy Sean Penn will show up in a rowboat with his 12 ga. to “see a smile … smell the smells, talk to the people and take that home”. Cross your greasy fingers.

Kenosha Kid on August 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Also puts a dent in the Occupy thugs plans as well. They will be outside. LOL!

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

It’s amazing how the forecast track of this storm has changed within hours, as opposed to those stable and true forecasts from the globewarmers about what’s going to happen in a few months or 10 or 20 or 100 years from now. Wish we could forecast storms as good they can forecast temp and sea level changes.

stukinIL4now on August 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The Democrat mole that selected Florida for the Republican convention is a genius.

Django on August 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

The storm isn’t coming within 300 miles of Tampa. Tampa wont even be in the precipitation bands of Isaac. They won’t even get any rain, let alone have a storm.

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

:::facepalm::: The southern half of Florida is already starting to see the rain bands from Isaac. YES the center is not close to the state anymore, but hurricanes are reeeeeeeeeeeeally BIG things.

Look at this animated satellite map as of the last NHC update.
GOES satellite map

See all the white thingys?? Those are the clouds of Isaac’s rain bands. They kinda stretch across the lower half of the state.

Here in Tampa, we’re starting to see the very first edges of the outer rain bands. WTVT 13 in Tampa has the most powerful commercial radar in the US (thanks Roy Leep!) so their website is one of the best for keeping track of the actual affect of Isaac on Tampa.
Skytower OMNI radar

So YES, Tampa is NOT going to experience a hurricane, much to the chagrin of democrats/media whose dreams of an RNC catastrophe have been brutally ripped to shreds. And my prayers are reserved for further south where the Keys and south west FL are going to feel hurricane strength winds (stay safe Dr Mercury!!) and for the upper gulf coast where Hurricane Isaac will finally make landfall.

But Tampa IS under a Tropical Storm warning which means that we WILL be hit by Tropical Storm strength winds starting later this evening and extending through Monday. We will experience high winds and very heavy rain which will cause localized flooding. Hence the closure of the Hillsborough County schools.

Not a huge problem for those of us in Tampa aside from the protestors/anarchists who will get a nice heavy, free shower, but NOT a day of sunshine either.

Sorry, Jazz, the Busch Gardens roller coasters probably won’t be running tomorrow.

Kirin on August 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

RNC televised press conf 5 c-span w new schedule

They should get as much business done as possible tomorrow during the day w improving weather forecast.

Next worry is pressure from RATS and MSM to forego Tuesday due to other parts of gulf coast. The RNC had better be ready to give them the finger.

matthew8787 on August 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Despite all the jibberish of cancellation, FOX News seems to have enough people already stationed in Tampa and they’ve got pre-RNC coverage going on today. As for the slimestreamers, they’re covering only an hour per night–certainly they could take a break from hurricane coverage for that short a time, and besides we’ve got good old 24×7 wall-2-wall (Comcast/NBC-owned) Weather Channel coverage for ISAAC and I imagine TWC’s major weather celebs will be relocating shortly to wherever ISAAC is headed.

Prayers that all the Gulf coast residents who will be directly impacted by this storm remain safe.

stukinIL4now on August 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And, of course, the speech will include that Louisiana has a competent governor nowadays.

Any failures will be placed squarely on the shoulders of Jindal/ Bush. Success is reserved for Obama/ NOLA Mayor.

tdarrington on August 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This hurricane track has it aimed almost directly at New Orleans and the Gulf coast, however. If it charges up over the Gulf then it is possible they could get a repeat of ’05. Of course, that idiot Dem mayor of theirs, Nagin, dragged his feet during the Katrina emergency, and has been dragging his feet ever since in the fixes and levis that were supposed to be put into place.

This could well be Obama’s Katrina moment

theflyonthewall on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Naw. 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.

Besides, if the levees are actually fixed, and unless the hurricane hits New Orleans head on — and let’s remember that Katrina didn’t — there will be little real impact.

Of course, if even a weak hurricane ever hits New Orleans dead on, all bets are off.

tom on August 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

If a hurricane comes by florida over cuba, it almost always goes west of the bay area (and hits AL, MS or LA)

If a hurricane comes north of cuba, it will cross the state near Miami and impact the bay area.

If a hurricane comes south of cuba, it’s texas or mexico bound.

You can almost set your clock by those rules.

lorien1973 on August 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

As of Sunday morning, the National Hurricane center has continued to move the projected path of Isaac to the West

But, ummm… I’m to the west.

trigon on August 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I hope they don’t give up on the three GOP governors who have turned the deficits around in their states: Walker, the guy from Puerto Rico, and a third guy, can’t remember who.

That’s a big sales pitch: not only can this debacle be turned around, it has been turned around!

PattyJ on August 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

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