Reports: Convention could be shortened to one day, or canceled entirely

posted at 4:41 pm on August 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Forget the media concern-trolling about cancellation. There’s no way the RNC’s going to forfeit face time for Romney on national television by pulling the plug when the whole point of this week was to introduce voters to the softer, more human side of Mitt. Barring Isaac turning into a hypercane, there’ll be at least one night of convention proceedings with Romney as the star speaker, and it’s not hard to guess what he’ll say.

Planners are considering a range of options, depending on the vagaries of the storm. One of the worst-case scenarios would have Romney delivering a brief speech declaring the emergency bigger than politics, shuttering the convention, and turning the public’s attention to the Gulf Coast. Such a response would essentially be counter-programming to what people would expect from President Obama, one official said.

“That’s the worst-case scenario you just played out, and that might not be the worst-case scenario” politically for Romney if he’s seen as putting people ahead of politics, said the official who demanded anonymity.

If that’s not the worst-case scenario politically, what is? Obviously, Romney’s not going to give a red-meat speech pounding Obama if New Orleans is three feet underwater. A weather disaster means he’ll necessarily downshift into nonpartisan heal-the-nation statesman mode, but Obama will be in that mode too — at least until the Democratic convention opens next week — and, unlike Romney, Obama’s chances don’t depend in large part on one killer speech designed to successfully ingratiate him to the public. If Mitt loses that opportunity, it’s a problem, even though he’ll get credit for striking the right tone in focusing on the storm victims.

The pace of the storm’s progress is tricky too. Weather Underground:

The latest set of 0Z and 06Z (8 pm and 2 am EDT) model runs are fairly unified taking Isaac ashore near Southeast Louisiana late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, but continue to show major differences in what happens after that. It is still uncertain if a trough of low pressure passing to the north of Isaac will be able to turn the storm due north, as the ECMWF model is predicting, or bypass the storm, allowing a more west-northwest motion into western Louisiana, like the GFS model is predicting. In either case, Isaac is likely to slow down as it approaches the coast, which will increase the damage potential fro m its wind, storm surge, and rains…

Isaac’s storm surge will provide the first test of the newly-completed New Orleans levee system upgrade. In the wake of the disastrous storm surge flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Congress appropriated $14.5 billion to upgrade the New Orleans levee system to withstand a Category 3 hurricane storm surge. Katrina was a Category 3 storm at landfall, but the storm passed far enough to the east of the city that its storm surge was characteristic of a Category 1 – 2 storm at the places where the city’s flood walls and levees failed. The new flood defenses were only partially completed in time for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav in 2008, which hit Central Louisiana as a Category 2 storm. Gustav brought a storm surge characteristic of a Category 1 hurricane to New Orleans: 9.5′ to Lake Borgne on the east side of the city. Since that time, the imposing 2-mile long IHNC Flood Barrier has been completed to block off the funnel-shaped pair of canals on the east side of the city. I expect New Orleans’ new flood defenses will be able to hold back Isaac’s surge, but areas outside the levees are at risk of heavy storm surge damage.

What makes the timing tricky is that Tuesday’s usually the day for rhetorical bombthrowing at the convention, followed by a more optimistic tone on Wednesday and Thursday as the ticket is introduced. (Via the Daily Caller, see Krauthammer below for more on that.) The GOP can’t afford much of that this time. If tomorrow’s speakers go all out in attacking O and then disaster strikes New Orleans’s levees on Wednesday after Isaac comes ashore, the media will have a field day with the contrast. In fact, I’ve seen reports already that they’re planning de facto split-screen coverage. Imagine Romney laying into Obama in one window while a disapproving Chris Matthews points to the storm map in the other, shaking his head in exquisite, ineffable sadness. So much heart-ache, my friends.

Exit question via John Boehner: Would a one-day convention really be such a bad thing? Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.


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Flash: Obama supporters dressed as Pink Vaginas invade convention

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You can’t make this stuff up.

JellyToast on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The convention should turn into a telethon for the Red Cross. The networks would cover using Live shots from the effected areas of the coast and we can still hear from the headliners! No more delays, the RNC voice can assist those who need assistance and introduce the next resident of the White House, Mitt Romney.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/27/rnc-disputes-report-of-plan-to-shorten-convention-more-because-of-storm/#ixzz24mefi800

Atlanta Media Guy on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Next: It’s headed for New Orleans and it’s going to be a whopper!
Prediction: Will go well west of New Orleans with only tropical storm winds.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the “Global Warming” friendly organizations, NOAA and the Weather Channel, are putting their proverbial “Thumbs” on the storm forecast model. And after its over they can say Oops!, sorry we got that wrong and you had to cancel the convention.

WisRich on August 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

You’re pretty much saying what I’m thinking. I’m expecting (at worst) a tropical storm that will hit somewhere other than New Orleans. The panic this storm has generated among the GOP leadership is ridiculous and pathetic. We’re getting close to a “McCain campaign suspension” moment and these guys don’t even see it.

If Isaac hits Nawlins as a Cat-1 or 2 and the levees hold, all the media can say about Isaac is that with a competent Governor, Louisiana can survive a hurricane, just like Florida survived four hurricanes in 2004 and George W. Bush (the Governor’s brother) won the state in November.

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

No, the media will probably credit the government’s “fast response” the crisis and credit anything Jindal does to Obama.

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

If the Republican convention is only one day, will the media only show one day of the Dem convention?

I mean they were going to cut a day of coverage of the Repub convention because the Dems shortened theirs to keep it fair. This would only even things up.

StargazerA5 on August 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

We need every conservative to start asking that question of their local stations right now. They can pressure the networks to adjust their programming accordingly.

hawksruleva on August 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Flash: Obama supporters dressed as Pink V.aginas invade convention

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I think it’s foolish to believe they’ll get credit for scaling it back or making the tone less partisan. The media will find fault with the fact they went ahead with anything at all.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Yup. Even if the Republicans were to only hold 4 minutes of the convention in a light rainstorm, the dems and their minions the media will hammer them on “how could the Republicans even think of having a convention during those precious 4 minutes when there are people outside getting soaked?!”

Think that is ridiculous and far-fetched? I don’t. Not for the left.

Sterling Holobyte on August 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Planners are considering a range of options, depending on the vagaries of the storm. One of the worst-case scenarios would have Romney delivering a brief speech declaring the emergency bigger than politics, shuttering the convention, and turning the public’s attention to the Gulf Coast. Such a response would essentially be counter-programming to what people would expect from President Obama, one official said.

“That’s the worst-case scenario you just played out, and that might not be the worst-case scenario” politically for Romney if he’s seen as putting people ahead of politics, said the official who demanded anonymity.

Wrong. This WOULD be a worst-case scenario, as it would make Romney look just like McCain “suspending his campaign” in September 2008. McCain was leading at that point; he never led again. NO WIMPY SPEECH!!!!! If the storm is bad, don’t cancel — postpone. Reschedule it until AFTER the dem convention. Work the logistics out. What is the media going to do, refuse to cover it? They will HAVE to cover it, and barack is the one left giving a weaker speech at HIS convention. How’s that grotesque Bank of America Stadium venue going to look if people are suffering?

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Obama Akbar!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/toon-of-day-obama-akbar.html

M2RB: Robert Palmer

Resist We Much on August 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Hold the convention during the hurricane and tell America we’re going to fight this out no matter what.

Rest in Peace, and may God embrace you Neil Armstrong.

SWalker

Thank, God for your voice of reason!

+100

Hubbie and I had toasted Neil Armstrong last night, just before dinner.

I had a Beefeater Gin Martini he had one of the “Glenn’s” single malt scotch.

I’m so sad for his passing…seeing that picture of him, so darn young and brave.

I can hardly recognize America from those long gone days.
big sigh)

Typicalwhitewoman on August 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

First off, they should follow the convention schedule as previously set…If shite happens in LA and that area again, god forbid, and it’s going to be bad, we can cancel it then, but not before and based on hysterical forecasters.. As for Obama, he will cancel his Muslim fest of next week too, if it hets really bad, if not for other reason bit for the obligatory hurricane aftermath photo op session and the leadership pretense and kabuki…so, we will be even… Until then though, we should carry on as scheduled…

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So you’re saying we expect the Dems in charge of FEMA to screw up their management of what will be at best a Category 1 hurricane and therefore the Repubs should not have their convention and screw the Tampa community over because of optics and how the left wing media will portray them?

Do I have that correct?

njrob on August 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Not that I’m hoping for one, but I’m betting the Dems wouldn’t cancel their convention if an earthquake struck SoCal right before theirs.

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

They’ll be in North Carolina, but I get your point..

sandee on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

North Carolina also gets hit by hurricanes sometimes!!! Charlotte is on inland part of the state, but what would Bev Perdue be doing if a J-storm or K-storm hit the Outer Banks while the Dems were swooning before Obama’s Greek columns? Demanding that the election be cancelled, and Obama declare martial law?

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The WORST thing for Romney to do would be to pull a McCain and essentially suspend his campaign.

Mitt Romney will be available to tour the devastated areas and look like an elder statesman. What can he do this week? Drive into the eye of the hurricane?

weaselyone on August 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

No matter what the RNC does, the MSM will condemn it, so I say take your dad’s advice Mitt, and BE BOLD.

JustTruth101 on August 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Where’s your backbone, Republicans?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Long gone. And the media and Left know it. We, the grassroots, will do our best to substitute one, but until RINOs are largely extirpated, we will not see one reappear.

rrpjr on August 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I can’t believe we are really going to do this.

stldave on August 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Exit question via John Boehner: Would a one-day convention really be such a bad thing? Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.

..well, AP’s just clocked in!

O.K., Here’s the scenario: Isaac hits Chocolate City and Nagin the Nabob misplaces the school buses again so his little burg becomes a street brawl and loot-fest requiring FEDERAL AID AND COMFORT commencing next Sunday. (Conceivable.) So, what does The Pantload do? Head to NC or fly down to NO to be with his peeps?

You think he’ll forgo his (possibly) last chance to work the prompters? Not by a crock full of sh!t. He’ll be up there in Charlotte glad-handing every slobbering Dem he can get his paws on.

And what’ll the press be doing? Will they whisper anything about Obama needing to be elsewhere to tend to his flock? Naw, mate, they’ll have their sequined knee pads on and be tongue-bathin’ de man.

The War Planner on August 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

reading this thread has been more fun than watching True blood last night and that was a good episode.

Zekecorlain on August 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Well this is a tough one for the Republicans. They already started the meme that Romney should cancel because of the poor ,yet to be injured, people. All day it has been Katrina/Bush.. I personally say they should have it. The media is going to attack them either way…

sandee on August 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Well, if the aim here is to please the media – why don’t we just cancel everything and not even nominate Mitt. We could let McCain run again and he could select, er, Charlie Crist to be his running mate! Yeah, that’s the ticket. The media would LOVE and praise that!

TarheelBen on August 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

WisRich on August 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

You are correct.
El Rushbo pointed this out today.

The models having a direct hit on Tampa were a joke. Once in awhile the storms can hug the west coast- but they usually enjoy the warm waters of the gulf and hit the northern gulf coast moving on the standard NW tracking.

The phoniness of the modeling was apparent as the storm, moving more westward last week then expected, required a similar correction in the models-away from Tampa. The track never shifted its Tampa bullseye until it was too obvious.

It was like Tampa had some sort of magnetic super power or somethin…..

Tampa forecast: Cloudy with a chance of Awesome.

FlaMurph on August 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

@Sandee so now the media will be attacking the candidate by quoting him?

Zekecorlain on August 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

reading this thread has been more fun than watching True blood last night and that was a good episode.

Zekecorlain on August 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

You have horrible taste. That was a bad season finale.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

CNN and others are doing everything possible to making this a twin of Katrina…
A few days ago, Tampa was all but going to disappear under water for 4 days…amazingly it missed…now I see the hurricane wants to move west, but CNN and others are making it track right to New Orleans…and CNN has already started the trash talk about Bush mishandling Katrina…good grief, they are relentless…relentlessly stupid.

right2bright on August 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Stop this ridiculousness. There isn’t a damned thing that anyone in Tampa can do about a storm hitting western Louisiana. This storm is continuing to drift west. Are we going to hold ourselves hostage to every weather event the DNC and MSM peddle?

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Oh hell! Let’s just fold up and go home. The marxist’s a nice guy anyway. He means well, just a little confused is all. Let him have it again, he’s our friend and we don’t have anything to fear from 4 more years. Move along and let’s play nice now.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Holding the convention in Tampa during hurricane season. True genius.

Screw you and every legacy you left, Michael Steele.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I can hardly recognize America from those long gone days.
big sigh)

Typicalwhitewoman on August 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

There seems to be a lot of that going around. Here’s hoping that there are as many good days ahead of us, or at least for our kids.

oldroy on August 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

via link to DC article:

“The other part is when you get to Tuesday and Wednesday, if there is a catastrophe somewhere on the southern coast on the Gulf of Mexico, then what’s the tone of the convention? It has to change completely.

“It has to be kind of solemn,” he concluded. “It has to be more we are in this together, more inspirational.So you have to shift the emphasis of the speeches and the introduction of Romney. That’s the whole point, was introducing Romney. But now you have to think in larger terms and a lot softer terms.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/27/krauthammer-warns-gop-may-have-to-change-convention-tone-with-hurricane-threat/#ixzz24mhG3eVn

I disagree, Professor. A good candidate can do both–define the lack of leadership over the last 3 1/2 yrs. plus AND then begin to introduce his leadership by demonstration to those affected by Isaac (there are a number of ways to go about this.)

We’ll see who America perceives as the best leader.

jersey taxpayer on August 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I don’t believe the Republicans are seriously considering shortening to one day or cancelling altogether. I read this rumor early this morning when it was posed by the Boston Globe.. Just like said above it has been exaggerated totally out of control. They must be really afraid of letting this Convention go on…

sandee on August 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Please God just tell me he won’t be suspending his campaign……

Tenwheeler on August 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Would a one-day convention really be such a bad thing? Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.

Only a nor’eastern RINO would consider Christie to be one of the “essential” speakers at a dramatically scaled-down convention.

Just sayin’…

cs89 on August 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Exactly whose life would be saved by not having the convention? How many days is there not some event, weather or otherwise, that we ought to be solemn about?

stldave on August 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

NO WIMPY SPEECH!!!!! If the storm is bad, don’t cancel — postpone. Reschedule it until AFTER the dem convention. Work the logistics out. What is the media going to do, refuse to cover it? They will HAVE to cover it, and barack is the one left giving a weaker speech at HIS convention. How’s that grotesque Bank of America Stadium venue going to look if people are suffering?

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

..they have to get Romney (officially) nominated so he can get his hands on that campaign stash. All they gotta do is get Romney in front of 35 million people, and get his wife and Rubio and and a few other luminaries and they’re off and running.

It does not matter what Obama does and, in fact, if they got short shrift form the press, they can come out on the Friday after that jerk’s last speech (also when the August jobs numbers come out) and put a few rounds through the enemy from the main battle gun of the Death Star.

The War Planner on August 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

CNN and others are doing everything possible to making this a twin of Katrina…
A few days ago, Tampa was all but going to disappear under water for 4 days…amazingly it missed…now I see the hurricane wants to move west, but CNN and others are making it track right to New Orleans…and CNN has already started the trash talk about Bush mishandling Katrina…good grief, they are relentless…relentlessly stupid.

right2bright on August 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I guess I’m alone in simply not seeing the upside of this for barack. What’s he gonna do — pledge ANOTHER $60 billion in US taxpayer dollars to “rebuild” that city again? They overplayed Katrina in 2005, and they’re going to overplay this. Millions are still unemployed. Food prices are still rising. Now gas prices will go through the roof. People are still losing their homes all over this country. Billions of federal dollars for Katrina aid have gone missing — no one knows where it went. This has ALL been underreported, but it will bubble up quickly in the event of a second, similar storm. The media isn’t going to get a second meal at the Katrina trough. People out in the country who are hurting and who ponied up the first time around will be saying “Enough. It just isn’t my problem anymore. I’ve got my own problems. And there’s my president down there doing photo ops and giving away more of my money. Why should I have to pay for that…again?”

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Exactly whose life would be saved by not having the convention? How many days is there not some event, weather or otherwise, that we ought to be solemn about?

stldave on August 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You’re right of course. Is the rest of the US going to shut down if this Hurricane hits?

sandee on August 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

. Are we going to hold ourselves hostage to every weather event the DNC and MSM peddle?

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Exactly. As I said before, there is deadly weather of one type or the other going on all year somewhere in the U.S., so no time would be the right time to hold a convention if we went by the weather.

Oh, and yes, one could argue that hurricanes area particularly extreme events, but that isn’t getting at the point. The media is the point. Whether a tornado, mass shooting, death of a politician, or whatever, the media would paint the Republicans as being heartless for allowing the show to go on.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I’ll bet somebody a hundred bucks that this storm is continuing to track west, although the media won’t report it that way. I think it will come ashore somewhere between New Orleans and Houston, but it won’t hit New Orleans head on.

TarheelBen on August 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

cs89 on August 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

He’s the keynote speaker, TrueCon. And he’ll probably deliver the best speech of the convention.

There’s time for him.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I agree with most of the commenters here. Just get on with the show. The media is gonna do what is gonna do anyways.

terryannonline on August 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

lding the convention in Tampa during hurricane season. True genius.

Screw you and every legacy you left, Michael Steele.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The current debate over cancelling the rest has nothing to do with the location of the convention.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I guess we might as well send Ryan and Romney to NOLA and have them report from the scene like Jim Cantore. “Well guys, It sure doesn’t look like the seas are receding here folks.” “Wow Mitt, 80 mph winds, and your hair hasn’t moved an inch!”

stldave on August 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

powerpickle on August 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

One of Michael Steele’s little judgment lapses.

a capella on August 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

got another theory for the hurricane mess and Obama luck in general. Obama made a pact with the DEVIL!
lol!

nathor on August 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Where’s your backbone, Republicans?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

George Bush 41 removed it at the gop Convention in 1988 when he said he wanted a “kinder/gentler” nation.
If you didn’t hear that republican dog whistle that was code for I’m going to do nothing to defend myself and this party needs to be nicey nice even if it means we lose elections.
PappyD61 on August 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Just one problem with that reasoning – GHWB won bigtime in 1988.

whatcat on August 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The current debate over cancelling the rest has nothing to do with the location of the convention.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Yes it does, because this is a cascade effect of the first day having been canceled.

When our convention was in St. Paul, in ’08, Gustav made landfall in New Orleans. We didn’t cancel the first day of the convention, we just had procedural business conducted and a speech from Laura Bush. All other days of the convention went as scheduled.

Now, the first day is gone, and the media is salivating over the prospect of more being canceled. So yes, this has everything to do with the fact that it’s in Tampa.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

He’s the keynote speaker, TrueCon. And he’ll probably deliver the best speech of the convention.

There’s time for him.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

To do what? Talk about how wonderful Islam is, or hit the buffet table?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

One of Michael Steele’s little judgment lapses.a capella on August 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Florida is sort of an important state this time around.

Do not trust the media. Ever.

FlaMurph on August 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

If this thing turns out to be a nothingburger, that crowd in Tampa will be jazzed off the charts when the real festivities begin. If it turns out bad, POSTPONE until after the dem convention. That’s all.

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Symbolic of the Republican Party as a Whole… Scared to Stand the Storm.

Kaptain Amerika on August 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

got another theory for the hurricane mess and Obama luck in general. Obama made a pact with the DEVIL!
lol!

nathor on August 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Doesn’t Mommy have your supper ready, yet?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

He’s the keynote speaker, TrueCon. And he’ll probably deliver the best speech of the convention.

There’s time for him.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I’m aware he was scheduled as the “keynote speaker.” And yeah, he’s an ok speaker, and holds nothing back.

Just don’t think he’s the best the GOP has to offer. My $0.02 on this fantasy scenario… IMO, I think allahpundit is right. The show will go on, over several days.

However, if you had to narrow it down to one day- I don’t think the gov. of NJ makes the cut.

(shrugs)

cs89 on August 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

To do what? Talk about how wonderful Islam is, or hit the buffet table?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I’m going to smile so much when he brings the house down. Your irrational Christie-hate (and yes, it’s irrational, zealot) warms my heart.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Irrational? He is pro-Islam, isn’t he?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

One of Michael Steele’s little judgment lapses.a capella on August 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Oh, please. I love how the hatred of Steele overrides logic in some.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Irrational? He is pro-Islam, isn’t he?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

If not explicitly hating and shunning Muslims makes one “pro-Islam,” I guess that’s accurate.

But then again, I like listening to Zuhdi Jasser and those like him who want to bring more Muslims around to the conservative line of thinking, so I guess I’m a closet jihadist too.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Then I guess you did not see this at nationalreview.com:

…Christie has hugged a terrorist-organization member, abridged free-speech rights, scorned concern over Islamization, and opposed law-enforcement counterterrorism efforts. Whenever an issue touching on Islam arises, Christie takes the Islamist side against those — the DHS, state senators, the NYPD, even the ACLU — who worry about lawful Islamism eroding the fabric of American life.

Two factors render this pattern especially curious: First, soft-on-Islamism policies are common among Democrats but rare among Republicans (Grover Norquist being the major exception). Second, Christie takes an ostentatiously pro-Israel stance, as reflected by his speeches and his recent “Jersey to Jerusalem” trip; this makes him unusual, for a pro-Israel stance typically goes hand-in-hand with concern about Shari’a. How does one reconcile the Christie contradiction?

I’ sure he will give a stemwinder of a speech, though.

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Irrational? He is pro-Islam, isn’t he?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Is this about the mosque? Supporting the 1st Amendment does not make you pro-Islam.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Oh, please. I love how the hatred of Steele overrides logic in some.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

How so? You think Tampa as the convention site the last week in August was a good idea? The concept has nothing to do with where Isaac will actually hit. It has to do with competent decision making.

a capella on August 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Is this about the mosque? Supporting the 1st Amendment does not make you pro-Islam.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Read the National Review article and get back to me.

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If you look for “jihadist sympathizers” under every rock, I guarantee you’ll find some.

I’m sure it’s easy for a politician to keep his hands clean in states in Dixie where a Muslim wouldn’t be caught dead, but when they’re a sizable portion of the population you have to work with a lot of different people.

The “evidence” that Christie’s pro-Sharia and such rot has always been thin, and usually relies, as you do above, on his assumed fealty to Muslim community leaders and playing Six Degrees of Hezbollah.

Not that you give a damn, of course, but I thought I’d mention it.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

So…you would hug someone tied to terrorist-related activities?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

First off, God bless the folks in the path of this storm. Secondly, I don’t think we need to make any rash decisions about how to proceed with the convention until we see how bad the storm becomes. Obviously if it turns into something similar to Katrina things should continue to be canceled. Give some speeches, stress the message about the economy and jobs and reform being a priority and then apologize for cutting things short and get out and focus on what the states affected by the storm will need.

scalleywag on August 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

So…you would hug someone tied to terrorist-related activities?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Keep plucking that chicken, kingsjester.

Sheesh. At this point I’m certain that Chris Christie is somewhere high on Team Palin’s kill list.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

So the question of the day for the intrepid blogger out there…

Who in NOAA and which media heads decided to publish the storm track through Tampa?

Rahm and Axe giggle in the shadows.

Limerick on August 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Here we go again, the comments on a post about the convention/possible hurricane suddenly spin like the path of said hurricane onto a completely different subject.

scalleywag on August 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

No chicken here. There’s more to the country than the NE, and Reagan Conservatives still outnumber “Fiscal Conservatives”.

Your argument’s not with me. Take it up with the gentlemen who wrote that article for The National Review.

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Exit question via John Boehner: Would a one-day convention really be such a bad thing? Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.

That would work. Re-cast all that grape shot into a half-dozen cannonballs.

But they just announced again there will be no more cancellations.

novaculus on August 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

GOP Establishment can’t do anything right.

First of all – they’re in Florida right? Issac isn’t there right now – and isn’t going there either.

What’s the weather like in Tampa? Rain – but nothing the GOP shouldn’t be able to handle – in fact – it’s pretty much the same all week …

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=tampa%2C+fl

20 mph winds – decreasing through the week.

So what’s going on with these Pu$$ies?

I’m living at ground zero for Issac, right on the Gulf Coast – it’ll hit me first – I’m not even boarding up … why?

It’s a TROPICAL STORM! That’s why.

It’s forecast to come ashore as a CAT 1 Hurricane – hell, I’m on low ground and don’t fear even a CAT 3 too much.

Why in the hell can’t the GOP run a convention during a minor storm in which we’ve decided it isn’t even serious enough to open contra-flow on the interstates?

There’s only mandatory evac’s for very low lying areas – like the places that disappear in HIGH TIDE normally.

What a bunch of clueless idiots.

HondaV65 on August 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Sheesh. At this point I’m certain that Chris Christie is somewhere high on Team Palin’s kill list.

KingGold on August 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

He’s such a fat ass (probably like you) that Sarah doesn’t need to hire hit men – Fatboi will be dead of food addiction soon enough.

HondaV65 on August 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I wonder if Mitt understands just how many operatives on “his side” really aren’t on his side at all.

Right Mover on August 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This whole storm thing was blown up by the msm and Fox. It is a TS not a hurricane, and it changed directions away from Tampa. It could still turn more westerly and hit Texas instead. No one can correctly predict the paths storms end up taking especially computer models. In the event that NOLA has some flooding, Mitt can announce a fund for the victims and challenge Obundler to do the same.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Dressed up like vaginas?

Why not like big dicks?

Nana on August 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

This whole storm thing was blown up by the msm and Fox. It is a TS not a hurricane, and it changed directions away from Tampa. It could still turn more westerly and hit Texas instead. No one can correctly predict the paths storms end up taking especially computer models. In the event that NOLA has some flooding, Mitt can announce a fund for the victims and challenge Obundler to do the same.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

There won’t be any flooding in NOLA … the Corps of Engineers spent billions of your tax dollars since Katrina to make NOLA almost impervious to all but the most incredible storms – so a Tropical Storm should be NO PROBLEM.

The problem will be – where does all that water go? If it doesn’t go into New Orleans then it goes into surrounding areas.

This still won’t be a problem for the RNC though – since all those areas are full of self-sufficient (and mostly White) people that no one cares about anyway.

RNC is milking this because they have no charismatic candidate and are EMBARRASSED of him – as they should be.

HondaV65 on August 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Weather Channel already back-peddling on Cat 2 landing and espousing lots of dry air disrupting the eye formation.

This is ridiculous.

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Okay, please excuse me for putting my personal business to paper. We buried my 21 year old nephew yesterday…died unexpectedly, a very tragic and sad loss for our entire family, my sister and her husband are completely devastated.

I do not expect anyone to cancel plans, rearrange their schedules, or stop doing what they do for the sake of my grief. My sister and her husband will attend the ballet performance of a niece tonight despite their mourning, because life goes on, it’s the point, it has to be done. Mother nature is a bitch sometimes…The show must go on…period….the show must go on.

shar61 on August 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Time to change your pants and diapers Allahpundit… Seriously man, stop being so intimidated by liberals… It is a sad thing to watch you behaving in this pathetic way…

mnjg on August 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM

You know what? I said this in the Headlines thread about the birth certificate joke last week and I’m gonna say it again. F the media! Seriously. If their influence was so great, why is Obama dropping in the polls and why did his party get their asses whooped in the midterms(not to mention a bunch of other elections)? Why does it take an Achin-esque disaster of a candidate for them to have a chance to hold onto a key Senate seat?

The answer is because half the country knows they’re a bunch of partisan hacks and have tuned them out. So if they wanna run with whatever premanufactured narrative they’ve concocted with the Democrat Party, let them. What is politically stupid and suicidal is to gut the convention and pass up a chance to humanize Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in front of tens of millions of viewers(and voters) just so we don’t p-ss off a bunch of media hacks who are predisposed to hating them no matter what they do or say.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

This Knee Jerk Reaction by people like Allahpundit is very pathetic to watch… Man this guy is totally bullied and intimidated by liberals… He portrays them as all omnipotent and invincible and that there is nothing we can do about them… WOW, just WOW… Notice that he is the only “Author” on Hot Air who is afraid to reveal his real name…

mnjg on August 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM

All day it has been Katrina/Bush.. I personally say they should have it. The media is going to attack them either way…

True, and I speculate that the stories are already being written about the great performance of FEMA this time around, compared to BUSH/KATRINA BUSH/KATRINA BUSH/KATRINA BUSH/KATRINA…

Owen Glendower on August 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM

With all the hype surrounding Isaac, as of this moment it is STILL ONLY A TROPICAL STORM.

The weather guys think it will reach hurricane status before landfall and it really could. But the media is treating this as a CAT 5 set to destroy NOLA.

Isaac has yet to get its act together, ie, form an eye with a bona fide eyewall and t-storms surrounding it. There’s been dry air filtering in from various angles all through its life and now the dry air is filtering in from the north.

Looking at the infrared and satellite images, Isaac is ragged and almost unrecognizable as a proto-hurricane.

Isaac has slowed down considerably which means it will spend more time over the warm water (though hot, the Gulf is one to two degrees cooler than for Katrina) thus has a better chance of strengthening. And a slower system means more rain.

Mayhaps God is playing tricks on the media. :)

MaggiePoo on August 28, 2012 at 1:17 AM

“If that’s not the worst-case scenario politically, what is? Obviously, Romney’s not going to give a red-meat speech pounding Obama if New Orleans is three feet underwater. ”

Why not? They won’t see it… who cares frankly? Last time was one of the leftist’s famous “teachable moments’ so let’s all hope they learned something and saved some bus fare out of town.. or will they loot like there’s a black president and Attorney General/ I’m betting on the latter.

So, are we gonna rebuild that decadent city time and time again in hurricane alley because half the LA black population needs a place to live for free? There’s 400 other blue state dumps they can all blend into just fine, in fact just send em all to the south side of Chicago, they’ll love it there. O Country, it’s a bang!!

No hurricanes, just 5-10 murders a night, 10 on weekends, no big deal. If it was a big deal wouldn’t you think the president and his Mayor former Cheat of Staff would do something, seeing his/their faux ‘hometown ghetto’ getting more ghetto cemetery by the minute.

What a stellar ‘organizing’ job Obama did there eh? That’s the leftist liberal UNION way. Suck at your job so bad yet still get promoted for being a worthless clusterfluck.

chicagoray on August 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

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