Tropical Storm Isaac has formed in the Caribbean and is on a direct path to barrel over anything in its way. The storm is threatening immanent hurricane status within the next couple days and the usual suspects, as far as hurricane alley is concerned, will be hit first. Hispanola and Cuba will see the effects of the storm as they appear to be primarily in its path. But the storm’s route will bring it to some parts of the United States as well, and exactly where, naturally has thousands of people concerned. But now a handful of political figures are fielding a valid concern too. One possible projection of Isaac has it skating across the west coast of Florida in the Gulf early next week. Also in that same region, the America’s conservative party will be gathering from across the nation and headed to the Gulf Coast for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Unless there’s a drastic change in course for the storm, the Republican National Committee may be in for a long and not as much of a pleasant week as they originally planned.
In May 2010, Tampa was selected as the host city for the convention. There’s been a lot of build up and coverage for this coming general election. After debate over President Obama’s health care law, the release of Romney’s taxes, and medicare the convention season is something that both sides have been looking forward to for months. As of now, the convention is supposed to go on as planned and Mitt Romney will officially be named the Republican nominee for president for the November election. When the convention kicks-off on Monday, Tropical Storm Isaac is scheduled for a likely hit with Florida.
Of course it’s not yet known how the storm will impact the convention. But as storms go, we can naturally expect high winds, heavy rains and potential flooding. The official schedule of the event hasn’t been released, but there’s a host of political figures slated appear. Whether or not their travel to and from the convention will be effected is not known. Fortunately for the GOP and convention, they will be inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Not so fortunate for various groups of protestors who are planning demonstrations outside of the forum. That’s one way to “wash” away the negative energy. Florida Governor Rick Scott has released a statement on Tropical Storm Isaac. He says, “Florida’s state emergency management team and local emergency teams have been working closely with convention officials and have been planning for this event for more than a year, and the possibility of a hurricane hitting the convention has been part of that planning process.”
Not for nothin’, but if this storm does happen at the same time the Republican National Convention then the celebration of the GOP’s candidate for president will probably not be the focus of the media that week. That doesn’t bid well for the political party. I’m sure they’d want as much press as possible going into the election. But we can only pray that Isaac misses the state or significantly weakens. Not for the sake of the RNC, but for the safety and security of those who would have to live through it.