Could the convention be canceled?

But the series of conversations – occurring just hours later – made clear that the Romney staff also realizes that Isaac’s potentially horrid wrath could eclipse any bunting-draped imagery they generate inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

That would render the whole convention exercise a net loss for their candidate, rather than a positive force propelling him into the fall campaign…

One Romney adviser said he even expected the television networks would acknowledge their civic duty by offering Romney a prime-time speaking opportunity, should the GOP be forced to cancel its already-truncated convention.

“Sure, we might lose one messaging opportunity, and understandably so. But we could also pick up another one,” said one adviser.