Tropical Storm Isaac: On Track to Destroy the RNC In Tampa

via NOAA
Imagine Mitt Romney's coif blown all out of whack in that cone of concern.
In a story straight out of a twisted fever dream shared by Michael Bay and Aaron Sorkin -- not to mention the sick fantasies of thousands of catastrophe-seeking journalists everywhere -- Tropical Storm Isaac looks more likely than ever to strengthen into a hurricane just in time to bear down on Tampa Monday evening. Which happens to be the same night the Republican National Convention's first big round of speeches is slated to kick off.

Can we beat Pat Robertson to the punch here and suggest all of this is God's divine punishment for the GOP giving Gov. Rick Scott a prime-time speaking spot Monday?

If the sheer fact that a hurricane -- a hurricane! -- is on track to whack the RNC on its opening night isn't enough fun on its own, there's also a fight brewing between Tampa's Democratic mayor and the convention planners over what to do about it.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has said he'd call off the convention if Tampa is seriously threatened, but this morning the RNC's communications director says, "There is no such thing as canceling."

via NOAA
As usual, there's probably way more hysteria over Isaac at this point than the storm warrants. The only thing forecasters really know for sure about the storm is that it'll linger over Puerto Rico today before heading through Hispaniola and then Cuba.

After that, Isaac's path and intensity are still a guessing game. Various computer projections have the storm spinning east of Florida, going west and ravaging Tampa, and even staying to the south and heading to Mexico.

But the forecasters' best guess at this point has Isaac hugging the west coast and getting to Tampa at hurricane strength Monday.

What would that mean for Republicans?

Well, Buckhorn claims that an evacuation order for the city would mean killing the convention plan.

But RNC spokesman Sean Spicer tells Politico this morning that the party has "contingency plans" and won't cancel.

As for what exactly those plans are, Spicer refused to say. The GOP must be keeping them in the same lockbox as Mitt Romney's tax returns.

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Rex Feldman
Rex Feldman

Peter - its me. Call me to discuss L'CHAIM kosher vodka. I want to measure the activity and relevance on line. LMF

stanchaz
stanchaz

I just heard that the great hurricane prognosticator and expert, Pat Robinson, has issued another one of his hurricane fatwas on the Tampa Republican convention- for hosting Cardinal Dolan. Robinson claims that the Catholic Church should give up its tax exemption if it wants to jump into partisan politics. Boy -- is that the pot calling the kettle black, or what? I've had enough of this: I’m gonna get rid of ALL my pots and pans!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

However, the stadium where the GOP will be announcing “We Built This!” was financed primarily by the government. The Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, which houses the Tampa Bay Lightning, was built in 1996 as the “Ice Palace” with 62% government funds. The total budget for the project was $139 million, of which public money accounted for $86 million and team money accounted for $53 million.

imfedup
imfedup

So well said Rusty... we humans are just tiny little specks on this earth and in the universe... And we think mother nature cares about our trivial day to day lives?

RustyNail
RustyNail

wow, you people are really stupid. Democrat or republican who cares, hurricanes can kill people, this isn't about elections and mother nature has been sending hurricanes into Florida long before any of us walked on the planet or even called it Florida...

Will Iam
Will Iam

You guys are a bias new paper I see...not!

Will Iam
Will Iam

You guys are a bias new paper I see...not!

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

Look if this storm wrecks the RNC I'm sure it was just gods will. Also if they're working toward what's "best" for America it shouldn't affect them negatively... Besides this looks like a "Legitimate Storm" so the RNC has ways to just shut that whole meteorological anomaly down.

Abby Goss
Abby Goss

Hillarious! Jenny you're obviously on the page, lmao!!!

Abby Goss
Abby Goss

Hillarious! Jenny you're obviously on the page, lmao!!!

jennysanchez411
jennysanchez411

Last I heard mother nature does not see eye to eye with libs

 

Wonam6
Wonam6

@MiamiNewTimes @Richard_Florida Seems obvious to me, God & Mother Nature are Democrats ;)

Jenny Sanchez
Jenny Sanchez

Typical Liberal rag magazine wishing the worst for other groups that do not see eye to eye with them

Jenny Sanchez
Jenny Sanchez

Typical Liberal rag magazine wishing the worst for other groups that do not see eye to eye with them

sycosucks
sycosucks

@VeganliciousLJ @MiamiNewTimes God and Mother Nature saying with one voice that they hate the Republicans to. Issac hold off until Monday.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @jennysanchez411 I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending." –Rep. Michele Bachmann,

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