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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Bullsh!t…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 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 on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

There’s a war on people.

We were going to have two conventions with a war on. Now a war and a hurricane, is that too much for us?

No, because no one considered it necessary to forgo conventions with a war on. So we must fear hurricanes more than war?

No, we fear the LSM propaganda we’d have to endure for having a convention during a storm.

That’s all.

Have the d%^$#d convention and screw the press. They hate us anyhow.

Akzed on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I swear Obama is the luckiest person alive.

Kataklysmic on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Fact: If the Democrats hadn’t screwed up their convention; and shortened it, the media wouldn’t be whining that the GOP do the same.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

OMG – that is all.

NJ Red on August 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

One-day convention then for the rest of the time, bus the convention-goers to the hardest hit area of the storm to help with cleanup. Show them what compassionate conservatism is all about!

Glenn Jericho on August 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Ironically the hurricane may make more people watch the convention if only out of curiosity.

Charlemagne on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Much smaller hurricane, we’re not going to be looking at a Katrina repeat.

WolvenOne on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I know the optics will look bad if the proceed as planned and there’s major damage along the coast, but 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.

Meanwhile, the Dems will proceed with their ‘kill Mitt’ convention and tear him a new one…the contrast between the two conventions won’t be the story then, either, it’ll be how they mauled Mitt.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I’m sorry, but this is ABSOLUTE BULLSH*T!!!

ToddPA on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Where’s your backbone, Republicans?

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You have to think the Obama fans in the press (or the press itself, if you will, since it’s 90%+ of them), have to be happy with the current developments.

Waiting for the column or story saying this is cummupance for the GOP being in ‘climate change denial.’ I give it 48 hours for that one.

Good Lt on August 27, 2012 at 4:48 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.

…yeah but the government networks will try to go out of their way NOT to cover them…

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Allahpundit is really Bill Ayers!! /

sauldalinsky on August 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Would a one-day convention really be such a bad thing?

Nope. Would the Paulbots less time to stir the pot as well.

Spannerhead on August 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Hurricane looks like it’s getting weaker. Odd Obama’s NOAA hasn’t updated the radar to reflect the 4:15 weakening. Hmmmm.

bob77 on August 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

However Obooba responds to the storm is guaranteed to be an incompetent blame-shifting fiasco.

Regardless of what the RNC does re: the storm, the whole nation will see DingleBarry screw up yet again.

Akzed on August 27, 2012 at 4:49 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.

A model for future conventions?

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I say we hire R. Lee Ermey to explain to we Americans why the convention will continue.

I suggest the term “lily-livered” be featured somewhere near the start, and we just let him ad lib from there.

Droopy on August 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Really? We’re going to cancel the convention for a Cat 1?

John_Locke on August 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I swear Obama is the luckiest person alive.

Kataklysmic on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Already decided on the political ramifications, I see.

A bit premature if you ask me.

Bat Chain Puller on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Why they pick Tampa?? This is what happens when you pick a hurricane hot spot dab in the middle of hurricane season.

All I can say is this sickens me, losing the convention can really hurt Romney.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So will the Legacy media decide this for the GOP..?

d1carter on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Let’s just cancel the whole damn convention. In fact, we should just throw in the towel and cancel the election as well. I surrender!

TarheelBen on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The over reaction to this storm is breathtaking.

I’m in Tampa and the sun has been shining today, with a few rain showers.

This will be a Cat-1 storm, probably. Why are they letting the LSM, and Tampa’s DEMOCRAT mayor run the show.?

Have the convention, if the storm turns out to be a Katrina, have all the power-players head to the damaged areas to get photo ops, I mean, help with the clean up.

Grow a pair, GOP.

stenwin77 on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

The GOP can’t afford much of that this time, though. If tomorrow’s speakers go all out in attacking O tomorrow and then disaster strikes New Orleans’s levees on Wednesday after Isaac comes ashore, the media will have a field day with the contrast.

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

POSTPONE IT TO COINCIDE WITH the democrite convention- WHY NOT?

FlaMurph on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Obviously, Romney’s not going to give a red-meat speech pounding Obama if New Orleans is three feet underwater.

We can always count on Boehner shedding crocodile-tears on national television.

So there’s that.

pain train on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I don’t think this is going to happen.

Terrye on August 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

If they’re going to one day, reschedule it to come AFTER the dem convention. Right after. They can scramble that.

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Fact: If the Democrats hadn’t screwed up their convention; and shortened it, the media wouldn’t be whining that the GOP do the same.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

There you go. I totally believe this to be true.

Whiners about EVERYTHING!!! They can’t help themselves!

Doesn’t matter what happens, we’re all a-holes and uncaring and extreme and rich.

tru2tx on August 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Prediction:

This storm, no matter how strong the winds, will be, according to the MSM, the worst storm since KATRINA!.

In addition it would pointed out by the MSM that this makes the GOP look bad as the KATRINA! type storm hits land.

They will give a reminder that KATRINA! happend under BUSH and lots of people DIED!

Did we mention KATRINA! and the damage KATRINA! caused and now the GOP IS PARTYING!.

- Sincerely,

LSKM, Lame Stream Katrina Media

WisRich on August 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Reschedule for just after the Democrat convention. It’s not that hard.

Big Orange on August 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Letting the weather undercut the event is a clear sign of a lack of principle in the campaign. Favoring political expediency over principle is the wrong way to go.

rayra on August 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Per Fox: Gas prices are already exploding on the Gulf Coast and other major cities. BHO will save the day with a release from the strategic oil reserve…

d1carter on August 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I hope these confusions are just to throw the anarchists off.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.
posted at 4:41 pm on August 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

The Hamas-coddling, gun grabbing, Springsteen groupie is not need at the Convention.

sauldalinsky on August 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The over reaction to this storm is breathtaking.

I’m in Tampa and the sun has been shining today, with a few rain showers.

This will be a Cat-1 storm, probably. Why are they letting the LSM, and Tampa’s DEMOCRAT mayor run the show.?

Have the convention, if the storm turns out to be a Katrina, have all the power-players head to the damaged areas to get photo ops, I mean, help with the clean up.

Grow a pair, GOP.

stenwin77 on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’m not in Tampa, but I’m in Florida, and I agree that there’s been far too much hyperventilating.

INC on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Mother Nature is a SOCIALIST.

YYZ on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Squish, squish, squish, goes the RINO squish convention. Who cares what the media thinks? We’ve got a damn country to save or is it now let’s not offend those moderates, they may vote for stupid again if we offend them. Jeesh this is bizzaro world.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

ROTFLMAO!!! Pubbies getting steam rolled by the media again!!

rickyricardo on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 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.

No Huckster? Hmmm, possibilities . . .

rbj on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Ridiculous.

If they are going to be such pansies, they should just schedule all future conventions for earlier in the year.

Oh wait. A tornado might strike somewhere. Those are an almost daily occurrence during the season.

OK, they should schedule them during the winter.

Oh wait. Ice and snow.

Ridiculous.

McDuck on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Prediction:

This storm, no matter how strong the winds, will be, according to the MSM, the worst storm since KATRINA!.

In addition it would pointed out by the MSM that this makes the GOP look bad as the KATRINA! type storm hits land.

They will give a reminder that KATRINA! happend under BUSH and lots of people DIED!

Did we mention KATRINA! and the damage KATRINA! caused and now the GOP IS PARTYING!.

- Sincerely,

LSKM, Lame Stream Katrina Media

WisRich on August 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

This. No matter what happens, the media will play this storm up as the worst disaster ever!

TarheelBen on August 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I can’t believe how this storm is being compared to Katrina. Did the Weather Channel send the bald guy to Tampa or New Orleans? Either way I hope he gets mooned again like in Virginia Beach. Azzhats!

Cindy Munford on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Obama is the Messiah and control the path and strength of hurricanes.

Long live the Messiah. May he rule for a thousand years.

technopeasant on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Is Obama still planning on campaigning during the R convention/Hurricane Isaac?

Buy Danish on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Three hours on Thursday night: Ann Romney, Christie, Ryan, Rubio, and Mitt. That’s all you really need.

Better throw in Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, or some other woman to not give the Dems another talking point.

Abby Adams on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Why they pick Tampa?? This is what happens when you pick a hurricane hot spot dab in the middle of hurricane season.

All I can say is this sickens me, losing the convention can really hurt Romney.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

That’s what’s so asinine about this. It has nothing to do with Tampa. If we’re to believe this story, the Republican Party is actually contemplating reducing their convention to a single day just because bad weather may hit a completely different state. We had a damn convention in 2004 with 2 wars waging in the Middle East. We went ahead with the 2008 convention(after scrapping Monday) even though the Gulf was hit by a bad storm.

I hope this is just media chatter drummed up to give themselves something to talk about on a quiet news day, because if the GOP is really this cowardly, it doesn’t matter if they do win in November anyway because they’ll never have the stones to withstand the sh-tstorm that’ll hit them the moment they attempt to cut a single penny from the federal budget.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

If NOLA is 3 ft under water, it will still be a mess when the DNC convenes. Will they cancel their convention?

Blake on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I think it’s funny that the RNC is screwing with the media like this. Come hell or high water (pun intended), they are not going to cancel the convention.

sherry on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

You’d better get your chit wired tight Republican Establishment. You will no longer tell us, you will listen to us and work us. Don’t screw this up as you’ve done for 20 some years or this will be the last collective Republican convention. I’m done with this pooky, pooky, antiquated centrist crap which is why we’re in the situation we’re in. It’s a whole new world Republicans so lead, follow or get the F out of our way. I don’t give a chit if we’re bombed by Iran, you get in there and bloody Obama up in a take no prisoner mind set or we lose which means you lose which means 2016 there will a 3rd party. And yes, after Bush I re-registered Independent. Friggin wimps……

Tangerinesong on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Didn’t want that convention anyway..

triple on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The Republican leadership has got to be the most spineless group on this Earth. The Democrats would go full bore if it was them.

Big Orange on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Really? We’re going to cancel the convention for a Cat 1?

John_Locke on August 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Cat 1 hurricanes usually do very little damage. But a Cat 1 or 2 in the New Orleans area is a different story.

terryannonline on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The over reaction to this storm is breathtaking.

I’m in Tampa and the sun has been shining today, with a few rain showers.

This will be a Cat-1 storm, probably. Why are they letting the LSM, and Tampa’s DEMOCRAT mayor run the show.?

Have the convention, if the storm turns out to be a Katrina, have all the power-players head to the damaged areas to get photo ops, I mean, help with the clean up.

Grow a pair, GOP.

stenwin77 on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I doubt the storm will even be a Cat-1. Meanwhile, the sheep-like GOP runs over the cliff bleating in terror. This is turning into the McCain campaign suspension. They should never have cancelled on Monday, all that did was give the press an opening to demand the entire convention be cancelled.

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Accept Townhall pop-ups into your life.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I think it’s funny that the RNC is screwing with the media like this. Come hell or high water (pun intended), they are not going to cancel the convention.

sherry on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Don’t bet on it. We’re in bizzaro world territory already.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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.

Pretty sure this is completely wrong. I went to a seminar by a Corps of Engineers guy about the levees, and I remember him saying that the storm surge was the surge of a larger storm, since the surge is created at sea. Even though the hurricane was a lower level when it made landfall, no one told the surge to dial it down. Also, the effect of Katrina tracking a bit to the east, if I remember the details, and then moving west was that the counterclockwise rotation of a hurricane meant that the storm surge was more perfectly positioned than the storm–that is, the storm surge isn’t largest on a track right along the eye, but is pushed in by the “arms” of the hurricane.

The levee system was also hampered by many mulitple jurisdictional authorities, and by the fact that the datum elevation keeps shifting.

I don’t know what details have been blurred with time, and it was just one seminar, but what I remember from it is totally at odds with the quote. The levees saw a much larger surge than a cat 3, iirc.

TexasDan on August 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

If NOLA is 3 ft under water, it will still be a mess when the DNC convenes. Will they cancel their convention?

Blake on August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Does that even require a response? This is so stupid. If the GOP goes ahead with the convention and disaster hits the Gulf, their reaction to any hell they get from the media is very simple. Ok, if the Republicans are so insensitive to have the temerity to nominate their candidate when bad weather hits, then one can only assume the Democrats will lead by example and postpone or even cancel their convention. Right?

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

It’s harder than hell for us to get anywhere because of the dishonest media in this nation. Obama would love for Issac to strike New Orleans so he can conjure the ghost of Katrina Past and look ‘Presidential’ as the ‘Anti-Bush’ after a disaster. The media will then point their crooked little fingers at Romney and Republicans and say ‘Look Everyone. It’s Bush!’

Corporal Tunnel on August 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Why they pick Tampa?? This is what happens when you pick a hurricane hot spot dab in the middle of hurricane season.
Raquel Pinkbullet on August 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

This isn’t about Tampa; it’s about New Orleans. If the convention was being held in Chicago the same meme that the GOP are heartless would be circulating.

Buy Danish on August 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

That’s baloney, first of all, the storm surge from Katrina was a Cat 3 because it was a Cat 5 hurricane until shortly before landfall and the surge was already in motion. The existing levees would have handled a Cat 1 or 2 surge. I’m quite certain the new ones are more than adequate for this storm.

Nobody I know in New Orleans is leaving this time. It’s going to be a ton of rain in lots of the Gulf Coast areas, but we’re not going to see major destruction or loss of life.

We’re also going to see real leadership by Bobby Jindal and Marc Morial so there won’t be another Katrina episode in Louisiana. Much of the chaos we saw in 2005 was due to the blatant incompetenec of Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco. It will be a great display of a good Republican governor in charge and cooperating with a Democratic mayor.

The worst thing that will happen if the RNC proceeds is that some snarky liberals will point out how Republicans wouldn’t have spent the $15 billion on the new levees.

rockmom on August 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

It won’t matter one iota what we do, we’re all heartless, anyway.

HOLD THE DAMNED CONVENTION !!
Quit this weeny talk !
THEY are the weenies !!
Arrggh.

pambi on August 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

and, unlike Romney, Obama’s chances don’t depend in large part on one killer speech designed to successfully ingratiate him to the public.

So the entire campaign comes down to one Romney speech? lol wtf? Clown nose on, apparently… Or is this your brain on BuzzFeed?

cicerone on August 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What frickin’ difference does it make since according to at least one poll NOBODY will be watching it but repubs and conservatives. Plus the wimpy Nets aren’t even covering it that much … or will they deliberately expande coverage so they can denounce and disparage the RNC?

I don’t doubt that the NBC-owned Weather Channel USED the RNC to blow the whole hurricane threat out of proportion by starting their 24×7 coverage looooong before the thing was a threat to the US and then so terribly misjudged where it was going just like the flaky loony crackpot maniacal moonbat east coast media did last year with Irene.

Go on with the show and let the leftistboobturds do and say what they’re gonna do and say cuz they’re gonna do and say it anyway no matter what happens.

stukinIL4now on August 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Everyone back away from the ledge. Sheesh. Americans have a strong sense of fair play. If the storm turns out bad and the GOP cancels most of the convention, voters will wonder why the dems aren’t doing the same thing. After all, if it’s bad, the clean-up won’t even be underway by the time the dem convention starts. So they can overplay it, call it Katrina 2, and everyone will wonder why they’re continuing with THEIR convention in the face of all that suffering. And if the GOP end up canceling most of their event, voters will see three days of breathless, over-the-top dem coverage and know that, once again, the media is shoving a shit sandwich down their throats. Chillax, people. The dems aren’t as good at turning every crisis into an opportunity as people think they are. In fact they’re usually pretty damn clumsy with it.

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Cut the crap and get on with the show. The RNC was already “punked” on Saturday for cancelling Monday. Enough.

Additionally, Isaac is still turning further west and could go to Lafayette, Orange or even Beaumont.

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Can’t imagine anyone else at HA other than Allah writing this post…everybody else probably refused to write it, am sure he volunteered :) on a different note, they should have held the convention here, in cali, there isn’t such a thing as surprise or extreme weather conditions here…

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Really? We’re going to cancel the convention for a Cat 1?

John_Locke on August 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

We’re a nation of pants-wetting sissies now. Didn’t you get the memo?

Corporal Tunnel on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

If Mr. Romney gets his way, the grassroots will be permanently marginalized and we can just suck it up and live with this squishy behavior forevermore.

sandspur on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

It’s harder than hell for us to get anywhere because of the dishonest media in this nation. Obama would love for Issac to strike New Orleans so he can conjure the ghost of Katrina Past and look ‘Presidential’ as the ‘Anti-Bush’ after a disaster. The media will then point their crooked little fingers at Romney and Republicans and say ‘Look Everyone. It’s Bush!’

Corporal Tunnel on August 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

If Obama wants to go down to New Orleans to showboat, more power to him. But he’s the President. It makes a helluva lot more sense for him to visit a potential disaster area since he has the authority to issue federal funds to help them out. Aside from a photo op to show he cares, why would Romney need to be there?

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Cat 1 hurricanes usually do very little damage. But a Cat 1 or 2 in the New Orleans area is a different story.

terryannonline on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Depends on the tides, where it hits, etc.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Meanwhile, up in Heaven, Ronald Wilson Reagan sadly shakes his head.

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 5:06 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.

Voting and balloons.

(roll credits….)

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Governors like Bobby Jindal are in place in the states threatened by Isaac. Barack Obama is the President. Mitt Romney has no control whatsoever over what sort of hurricane response occurs at the state or federal level, so there’s no logical reason why the convention should be affected at this.

Buy Danish on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

So the entire campaign comes down to one Romney speech? lol wtf? Clown nose on, apparently… Or is this your brain on BuzzFeed?

cicerone on August 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Actually, yes. This speech is extremely important. This is Romney’s chance to appeal to tens of millions of voters after months of negative ads driving down his likeability ratings. He’s not gonna get another opportunity like this, even at the debates where the format will be controlled by members of the media. Add to that the speeches by Ann as well as Paul Ryan and this is a very important week for the GOP. It would behoove them to flip the media the figurative finger and go forward with their planned convention for the rest of the week.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

This is absurd. Get on with it!

forest on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The over reaction to this storm is breathtaking.

stenwin77 on August 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’m not in Tampa, but I’m in Florida, and I agree that there’s been far too much hyperventilating.

INC on August 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I’m in Tampa and agree completely that the overreacting is ridiculous. Yes, we’ve been getting hit by rain bands off and on all day and there have been some tornado warnings in parts of the state. But tomorrow and the rest of the week will be back to normal. Hot sunshine until afternoon thunderstorms cool things off. Typical Florida summer.

I know they’re probably worried about the optics of ‘partying’ while Isaac hits LA but, as so many other have said, the media will damn the RNC regardless of what actually happens.

Kirin on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Continue with the convention. If the hurricane comes ashore and causes significant damage, shorten the speeches some. Between speeches, put in live-feeds of the governors of the states hit (all Republicans) speaking to the nation about what they need, what the rest of the country can do, etc.

CJ on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

We’re a nation of pants-wetting sissies now. Didn’t you get the memo?

Corporal Tunnel on August 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Just the GOP leadership.

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Yeah, I get that the speech is important, obviously. But that’s not what was said. It was strongly implied that it ALL comes down to the speech. Which is ridiculous.

cicerone on August 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I doubt the storm will even be a Cat-1. Meanwhile, the sheep-like GOP runs over the cliff bleating in terror. This is turning into the McCain campaign suspension. They should never have cancelled on Monday, all that did was give the press an opening to demand the entire convention be cancelled.

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I agree.

First, Tampa was ground zero for the eye of the storm. Close down Tampa! WRONG.

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

Romney needs to talk up America and how he’ll put us on the right track. I guess one day would work for that.

disa on August 27, 2012 at 5:10 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

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

Unless the safety of the convention goers is in jeopardy, the show must go on. It is understandable if office holders and delegates who have responsibilities back home need to cancel to take care of their job/home. It is not understandable for Romney or anyone else to shorten or cancel the convention.

Romney does not currently hold public office. If he were President, it would be a different story.

Let’s see how Obama and the Dems react next week when the Federal Government usually steps in to aid people who were to dumb or stubborn to leave evacuation zones. If the hurricane leaves a mess, then Obama should be the one cancelling on the convention so he can address the cleanup and aftermath of the hurricane.

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

The GOP leadership are displaying their real problem. They are chicken sh*ts who don’t have the spine to stand up to the Lib run media.

portlandon on August 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Maybe Dennis Prager was right. He was calling Republicans a bunch of wimps on his show today, just for cancelling one day.

22044 on August 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

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

You’re funny.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 5:12 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.

Ever since then it’s been spineless and worse from this pathetic excuse for an opposition party.

PappyD61 on August 27, 2012 at 5:13 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

GREAT QUESTION! It was the media themselves that set the “fair is fair” standard. Will they hold themselves to THEIR OWN standard now?

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

RNC = Keystone Cops!

OK, I get you want to hold your convention in FL because of it potential to decide a Presidential election, but for goodness sake, Helloooooooooooo???? Late August / early September is the frickin’ height of the hurricane season on the East Coast???? You couldn’t figure this out and adjust dates a bit?? Or, better yet, move the convention to a state that’s got some land above friggin’ sea level?

As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a bunch of maroons!”

powerpickle on August 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Oh come on, Republicans, hold a three-day convention like the Dems will (because they couldn’t afford a four-day convention). The hurricane is moving AWAY from Tampa, and Gov. Jindal will get everybody out of harm’s way–he cancelled his speech at the RNC to hold down the fort at home.

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.

Let the Convention go on–We the People have been suffering for 3 1/2 years under Obummer, long before Isaac started blowing on hot air and spinning to the left, like the Lame Stream Media.

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 5:14 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 need a lot of time to tell the country how great a guy Obama is, but that he is in a little over his head.

Valiant on August 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Oh, no, Boehner! We’ve lived through the last 4 years of never-ending hell and we’ve earned 3 full days of speeches and rants and cheers and balloons. I’m very sorry about the possibility of New Orleans getting hit again, but our canceling the convention isn’t going to make any difference. None whatsoever (it didn’t do us any good in MN, did it?)

We get no good will from sacrificing and we need the cheerleading. We don’t up the spirit, we lose and as a consequence the country and the world loses.

Portia46 on August 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I swear Obama is the luckiest person alive.

Kataklysmic on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Perhaps he’s made a deal with the devil. Certainly there’s plenty of fodder for Shakespeare here.

hawksruleva on August 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

What the MSM is not mentioning is that it is not the day the hurricane hit New Orleans that was such a disaster, but the aftermath.

Are Democrats REALLY going to party at their convention while people are drowning in the flood waters of Isaac?

mitchellvii on August 27, 2012 at 5:18 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

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