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Hurricane Could Disrupt GOP Convention

Hurricane Could Disrupt GOP Convention

For the second time in four years, a hurricane could disrupt the Republican National Convention.

Tropical Storm Isaac is projected to reach hurricane strength by early Thursday morning, and is expected to take a path that will take it over Florida. While forecasting hurricanes is always difficult, some models suggest the storm could make a direct hit on Tampa on Monday, where Republicans are scheduled to hold their quadrennial national convention.

While Isaac is not projected to be a major hurricane, it could still have a significant impact on the convention, and it may force the party to juggle their schedule due to the storm’s affects on the area.

While Republicans do have contingency plans in place to deal with the storm, they would certainly prefer to not have to execute them. Parties use their national conventions to build excitement and put their best face forward. National conventions can make or break a campaign and give national exposure to a party’s up-and-comers. Indeed, President Barack Obama owes his presidency to his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which received rave reviews.

Republican National Convention communications director James Davis told the Christian Science Monitor that party officials were monitoring the situation.

“We’re in close touch with all the federal, state and local agencies. We’re focused on preparing still and having a great event starting on Monday,” Davis said. Republicans did game-plan for a hurricane, running a mock-hurricane drill in May. Those plans may need to be put into effect. Dr. Jeff Masters, a meteorologist for Weather Underground, estimates that there is a 3 percent chance that Tampa will need to be evacuated during the Republican National Convention.

Republicans canceled a day of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, despite the fact that Hurricane Gustav was making landfall over 1,000 miles away on the Gulf Coast. While Gustav obviously did not affect Minnesota, the GOP feared that the juxtaposition of a convention with a hurricane in the Gulf would conjure memories of Hurricane Katrina, and the Bush administration’s disastrous response to it.

As of Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Isaac was located 210 nautical miles east of Guadaloupe, with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. It is projected to pass near Hispaniola and Cuba, before turning north toward the Florida Keys. The storm is forecast to reach hurricane strength by Thursday afternoon.

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6:27PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

@Kenneth M I would have sent you another green star but I have already done so.

4:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

@John H Michael G. Your calling the GOP hatefull spin have you checked out the democrats and Obama's loving messages to the people. So much love coming from the dummycrats.

Thank you John H for demonstrating to all of us again and again as a form of entertainment just how empty and clueless your posts always turn out to be.

11:16AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Paul B.: Thank you once again for showing your true colors by blindly siding with the neo-nazi Rose L. Niether of you has produced a substantive response to either the original story or ANY of the commentary on here, or an any other thread. You two operate at an intellectual level of about 4th grade, with your vapid drive-by comments about [D]s and "liberals".

Once again Paul B., I warn you off of using the label "conservative" to describe low and smelly ilk like yourself and Rose L. I have a solid streak of conservatism, and I do not know of any true conservatives that would identify with the striking lack of mental facility that you and Teatards like Rose display. You and the weak-link drama queens that comprise the [R] party today are an embarrassment to true conservatives and an embarrassment to the old GOP.

You and Rose L. wouldn't know a true conservative if one shat on your empty heads.

11:16AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Paul B.: Thank you once again for showing your true colors by blindly siding with the neo-nazi Rose L. Niether of you has produced a substantive response to either the original story or ANY of the commentary on here, or an any other thread. You two operate at an intellectual level of about 4th grade, with your vapid drive-by comments about [D]s and "liberals".

Once again Paul B., I warn you off of using the label "conservative" to describe low and smelly ilk like yourself and Rose L. I have a solid streak of conservatism, and I do not know of any true conservatives that would identify with the striking lack of mental facility that you and Teatards like Rose display. You and the weak-link drama queens that comprise the [R] party today are an embarrassment to true conservatives and an embarrassment to the old GOP.

You and Rose L. wouldn't know a true conservative if one shat on your empty heads.

9:18AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Ironic that the GOP will be living it up while New Orleans waits for the wrath of Isaac on its 7th anniversay of Katrina.
ironic that the GOP just won't give a damn because there is no money in it for them!

9:13AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Rose.. you are wasting your time trying to have a discussion with some on this site. They are just angry people, frustrated with life and looking for some place to vent. They take pleasure in attacking conservatives over anything. It does not matter what you say, they will attack. You could say the sky is blue, and they will accuse you of being prejudiced against gray skies, or say you are stupid because it is black at night.

I don't know why they are SOOOO bitter with life... maybe it is because the world won't conform to their ideology... and of course theirs is the ONLY ideology of any consequence.

I believe they KNOW they are losing their grip on the general population which doesn't agree with them. They can't understand why everyone isn't brainwashed as they are. they seek conformity with their beliefs, and no other is allowed. In fact they believe we are the brainwashed few. Obviously they don't get out much or read much outside of their own little world.

Don't let them discourage you. Keep spreading the truth, regardless of their attempts to intimidate you into being silent. they think that is their only chance of keeping the few supporters they have left.

8:59AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Michael G. Your calling the GOP hatefull spin have you checked out the democrats and Obama's loving messages to the people. So much love coming from the dummycrats.

8:53AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Actually Rose, many of us are LOLing at your position, because your chosen party isn't giving any of those people in the areas about to be hit by Isaac one thought about those people and don't give a damn about what happens to them and only about how they can spin this hateful campaign set in motion by this obstructionist Tea Party and GOP. So take your high road somewhere else.

3:15AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

A message to all of you that were laughing & rejoicing when you were salivating over the thought of a direct hit on the Republicans in Tampa today. Are you salivating now? Are you still laughing & rejoicing thinking about a direct hit on Mississippi, Louisiana & Alabama?

Or are you now keeping the "poor people" in the path of the storm in your thoughts & prayers? Or more specifically, are you keeping the people now in the path of Isaac in the good part of your thoughts, while reserving your hateful thoughts for those awful Republicans that are safe in Tampa today getting ready to enjoy their convention?

No matter. Most of you will find SOMEthing to blame the Republicans for. If Isaac hits & destroys people and property elsewhere, after it spared Tampa, somehow it's going to be the Republican's fault. LOL!

P.S. I am LOL-ing at the hate & hypocrisy. Not the people now in the path of the storm. I've been praying that the storm would just dissipate and not harm anyone. But sometimes, Mother Nature has other ideas.

5:00PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Maybe Mother Nature is sending them a message!

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