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Could Isaac overshadow U.S. Republicans' convention?
Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:33pm | Steve Holland

Posted on 08/26/2012 3:30:47 PM PDT by SantaLuz

Tropical Storm Isaac forced Republicans on Sunday to rewrite the script for their national convention in Tampa, as party officials scrambled to make sure candidate Mitt Romney's message to voters would not be blown off course.

Isaac was expected to spare Tampa a direct hit and strike, with hurricane strength, farther north along the Gulf Coast this week.

But it has left Republicans who canceled most of their schedule for Monday in anticipation of the storm with a new challenge for the convention's remaining three days: Help Romney make an aggressive, memorable argument to be president, while being careful to show sensitivity to those at risk from the storm.

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Romney, who will face Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election, is eager to use the nationally televised political extravaganza in Tampa to define himself to American voters after a series of campaign setbacks. But his efforts could be robbed of some media attention if the storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico dominates the news this week.

Convention organizers were still reworking the schedule late Sunday as Republican delegates converged on Tampa, where the party will formally nominate Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, to face Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November.

"It's a concern competing with a major weather event," Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." Still, he said he expected independent voters in particular to tune in to hear Romney's speech Thursday night, and Ryan's the previous night.

"I think we'll still get a fair amount of attention," McDonnell said, "and the message will be good."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012rncconvention; convention; florida; isaac; republican; tampa
This is a rhetorical question since it is already impacting schedule, coverage and attendance. The real question is how much the MSM will take advantage of this storm to repeatedly veer away to "breaking" news in the middle of the convention. Then there is the story of the cleanup to impact any momentum coming out of the convention. Bad Isaac!
1 posted on 08/26/2012 3:30:54 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz

The media will try its best to make it so.


2 posted on 08/26/2012 3:35:00 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: SantaLuz

The MSM is sure to pump up any diversion so they do not have to cover the GOP convention. If the wind gets over 20 mph, they’ll have their ridiculous reporters leaning into the breeze with their slickers on. Never mind that people are driving 60mph, and old women are walking their Yorkies in the background of their shots.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 3:35:42 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SantaLuz
It will make landfall only hours before Ryan is scheduled to speak. Doesn't take much to see that Obama will decide he needs to address the nation on Isaac that evening.
4 posted on 08/26/2012 3:36:09 PM PDT by Conservative Actuary
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To: SantaLuz

The way this storm looks - there will be NOTHING except coverage of the damage during the convention.

...and I wouldn’t blame the media.


5 posted on 08/26/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: SantaLuz
Could Isaac overshadow U.S. Republicans' convention?

We can only hope.

6 posted on 08/26/2012 3:44:28 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: BobL

Other thing is it is nicely timed to give Obama days of televised sharing & caring in the affected area, then off to the last day of the Democratic convention.


7 posted on 08/26/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: BobL

“...and I wouldn’t blame the media.”

I would, and will. The Lamestream media will be in high hurricane gear, 24/7. Anytime they can possibly interrupt coverage of the Pub convention, they will (with the exception, hopefully, of Fox). Plus Obama will take any opportunity to get his mug on TV, preferably in the middle of either Romney or Ryan’s speech, if he can time it right (I’m sure he’s plotting with Isaac to make it so). And if the hurricane lands in New Orleans, Obama and his henchmen will be on the news constantly. Oh joy, oh joy. Something to look forward to.


8 posted on 08/26/2012 3:52:55 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: SantaLuz

Of course it will. Serves ‘em right for messing with Father Nature. :>)

The media will make it so. Isaac could be a couple hundred miles out in the Gulf weakening to a summer shower, but the alphabets would be reporting from the center of the storm.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 3:55:24 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: flaglady47

I’ve been looking at the storm for the past 2 hours. It is going to put Katrina/Rita to shame. They will have a real story - it’s just that the NHC is afraid to sound the alarm. I’m in Houston, and I’m buying gas tomorrow and will be packing up late in the day.


10 posted on 08/26/2012 3:55:32 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Conservative Actuary
It will make landfall only hours before Ryan is scheduled to speak. Doesn't take much to see that Obama will decide he needs to address the nation on Isaac that evening.

Ryan is scheduled to speak Wed. night. The cat 1 hurricane is scheduled to make landfall around NOLA on Tues. afternoon.

11 posted on 08/26/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: BobL
The way this storm looks - there will be NOTHING except coverage of the damage during the convention. ...and I wouldn’t blame the media.

I would blame the media.

Hurricane Obama is far worse than a cat. 1 hurricane.

12 posted on 08/26/2012 3:59:23 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: SantaLuz
Isaac itself seems to be heading more toward New Orleans than Tampa area.

On the map below, Isaac's center is in the red/yellow circular motion section at the bottom right -- just west of Flordia land mass:


13 posted on 08/26/2012 4:03:57 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SantaLuz
Could Isaac overshadow U.S. Republicans' convention?

It already has.

They jumped the gun cancelling Mondays acticities.
They should know better than to take advice from a democrat mayor.

Isaac will be halfway across the Gulf and all Tampa will see is some wind and rain - like every other summer day.


14 posted on 08/26/2012 4:11:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Gumption

>>We can only hope. <<
Your first post in over a year and this is the most intelligent thing you could come up with?


15 posted on 08/26/2012 4:14:17 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: TomGuy

Yes I agree. Headline on Drudge is that it could be another Katrina. This gives the MSM all the historical background needed to require them to cover it hitting LA area. (And they would be right to do so). They will cover both stories but Isaac may suck all the momentum from the convention.


16 posted on 08/26/2012 4:18:45 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: FreeReign

“Hurricane Obama is far worse than a cat. 1 hurricane. “

Isaac become a Cat 1 in 40 minutes. But that doesn’t matter, it’s what happens when it’s over the Gulf and turns into a Cat 3 (minimum), and then hits land.

But I agree, even a hurricane worse than Katrina/Rita/Ike combined comes nowhere near the damage this president is doing to the country - but it is still a newsworthy event.


17 posted on 08/26/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: SantaLuz; mickie; flaglady47
Those who want to watch the convention in totality can and will.

C-Spam is providing gavel to gavel coverage. This means no commercials, no cutaways to reporters leaning into the gale, no spin, and no pundits explaining in eye-glazing detail what we just saw and heard two minutes prior.

C-Spam is extremely useful once in a while.

Leni

18 posted on 08/26/2012 4:27:48 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: SantaLuz

Isaac is heading for the Chocolate City of New Orleans...could potentially be another Katrina in intensity.


19 posted on 08/26/2012 4:40:11 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: SantaLuz

Loss of a day is a good excuse to cut out the McCain and Jeb speeches to save time.


20 posted on 08/26/2012 4:59:07 PM PDT by montag813
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To: SantaLuz

another broadcast dilemma...


21 posted on 08/26/2012 5:01:52 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: SantaLuz

Could Isaac overshadow U.S. Republicans’ convention?

No, the Romney nomination has already done that.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 5:13:35 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: ptsal
Other considerations:
- Obama will "need" to visit hard-hit impact area on Friday (if convention is extended)
- Yet it could also be Governor Jindal's moment...
- Could increase the price of gas prior to election.

23 posted on 08/26/2012 5:14:17 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz
No doubt the media will attempt to portray Republicans as "heartlessly" holding their convention while New Orleans (or whatever city ends up in Isaac's path) gets devastated. Also, you can bet the major networks will be cutting away from the RNC frequently to show reporters in yellow rain slickers blowing around in the wind and rain as they breathlessly give us their live reports.

That's just the facts. We are going to have to make the best of it. If the storm is still raging Wednesday night, maybe it will be a good idea to have Ryan and Romney both speak on Thursday night. I think it is important for Americans to see Ryan's speech without interruption.

Second time in a row the RNC was impacted by a hurricane. We really need to go back to holding these things in July!

24 posted on 08/26/2012 5:20:52 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: mkmensinger
The media will try its best to make it so.

They are rubbing their hands together and can't wait to get on with wall to wall "unexpected and unprecedented" Cat 2 hurricane coverage.

No doubt New Orleans will come through unscathed due to obama's superior leadership of FEMA and outstanding improvements over the horrible disaster caused by Bush totally blowing it. The school buses that Bush caused to be flooded will have been moved early on to take the whole populations of New Orleans to this year's lucky winner -- Dallas, where only minor chaos will be caused by its new citizens. /s /s /s

Note: The last paragraph is total sarcasm.

25 posted on 08/26/2012 5:35:24 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: SantaLuz

On the other hand, there will be millions more people with their tvs turned to the news. They’ll be watching storm coverage AND Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan at the convention.

I honestly think there’s a chance it could be a net positive for the GOP.


26 posted on 08/26/2012 5:40:54 PM PDT by o2bfree
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To: SantaLuz
It'll hit NOLA. In an effort to accommodate the disaster and the implications for the displaced black vote, obama will give them 10 votes each and fill out the card himself to help the population avoid the inconvenience.

The media will hail him as a hero...

27 posted on 08/26/2012 5:41:44 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SantaLuz

Oh my the media did try and for all their worthlessness to stop the Repub convention, NOW, we see the storm is heading straight into New Orleans, and places west. Florida will have a LOT of rain, but no real damage. THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED.....YIPPEE.


28 posted on 08/26/2012 7:47:37 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Yes, Gov Jindahl has already put forces to work to remove people and take care of damage as it occurs.


29 posted on 08/26/2012 7:50:15 PM PDT by tillacum
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