Tropical Storm Isaac has lampooned the schedule of the Republican National Convention. Fearing heavy rain fall brought on by the storm, officials will adjourn the event—held in Tampa, Fla.— after only 10 minutes Monday (Aug. 27).
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus will call the convention to order at 2:00 p.m. EST. The party planned to use day one to ignite momentum behind the convention, which will find Mitt Romney officially accepting the Republican nomination for president. “It is what is.” Preibus said on NBC’s TODAY show. “Obviously we want to pray for anyone that’s in the pathway of this storm, but the message is still the same: that all Americans deserve a better future and that this president didn’t keep the promises he made in 2008.”
Although Tampa isn’t expected to sustain a direct hit from the storm, New Orleans may not be so lucky. For now Isaac is a tropical storm but may be upgraded to a hurricane in the next couple of days. Residents have been asked to evacuate the area just two days before the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which took the lives of more than 1,000 people and left many more without homes.
Given the attention placed on the anniversary of Katrina and Isaac, attention may be shifted from the RNC. “Republicans were wary of the optics of television coverage split between the revelry and partnership surrounding Mr. Romney’s nomination and that threat of the storm making landfall in Louisiana or Mississippi seven years to the week after Hurricane Katrina left an American city in ruins,” notes the New York Times. For many, Katrina was a direct representation of America’s treatment of Black citizens, and those of a certain economic status. President George W. Bush received a firestorm of criticism for taking too long to visit the devastated area, and calling Black citizens “refugees,” a term which he eventually stopped using.
Going into the November election, the last couple of weeks have seen a string of political bad luck for the Republican party. Last week Republican Congressman Todd Akin caused a firestorm over his comment on “legitimate rape” and was asked to drop his Senate bid , but refused to do so.
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