GOP Considers Delaying Convention

Hurricane Gustav on track to hit the Gulf Coast appears to be the reason for possibly postponing the convention in Minneapolis. I suspect more likely they’re afraid of Hurricane Obama.

Matt Burns, a spokesman for the convention, said that as of last night, it is scheduled to open on time. “We are planning for our convention to open on Monday,” he said. “Like all Americans, we are monitoring the situation closely in the Gulf.”

Staging a convention during a major natural disaster would be a public relations challenge for either political party. But GOP officials say the burden could be especially heavy for their party, whose reputation was tarred by the Bush administration’s bungling of Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.

A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico could also cast unwelcome attention on the offshore oil rigs that McCain has championed as a solution to rising gasoline prices — they are now being evacuated in the face of the coming storm.

One senior GOP official said he does not anticipate a convention delay at this point, but he said the event would have to be reorganized if a large storm hit a major city on the coast.

“You would have to dramatically change the nature of what you do. Much less partisan. Much less political,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because internal discussions are ongoing. He added that all the speakers would have to retool their addresses to reflect the storm and its impact. “Otherwise, it’s the elephant in the room.”

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10 thoughts on “GOP Considers Delaying Convention

  1. Don’t tell me god’s wrath is coming down upon the party of Jesus. Say it ain’t so!

  2. It can’t be “the gays” because the GOP doesn’t have any of those, they’re just like Iran.

  3. I’m picturing Larry Craig getting sucked up in a vortex, while crying out “but I am not gay… I never have been gay!”

    BTW, this is the only instance in which I care to picture Larry Craig being sucked.

  4. Well, I guess Dr. James Dobson telling all his listeners to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” to fall on Senator Barack Obama as he accepts the Democratic nomination didn’t really work. I guess God didn’t hear him, and it sort of backfired..

    Do you suppose this means finally (not that those people would get it..), that God doesn’t really take sides? We are ALL God’s children?

    I can’t believe as a Christian, or ‘professed’ Christian (because true Christians don’t talk or act like that), he didn’t ask his listeners to pray that God would spare the people of New Orleans this likely new storm slamming into them and compounding the tragedy that three years later they are still trying to recover from..

    That man is sick.

  5. I don’t mean to open up a can of worms with the last comment. I am just once again pointing out the absolute hypocrisy.

  6. According to Keith the weather couldn’t have been more perfect tonight. It was even cooler than it’s been which is better for keeping the audience alert. Oh that karma thing is amazing.

  7. And the feeling people are getting is that the convention will be canceled because they can’t compete. They can’t get people to show up tomorrow for the VP announcement. Imagine if they threw a convention and nobody showed up.

  8. “True Christians”. Good one, Muse. I’ll leave that discussion for another time. 😉

    You are correct that Dobson is one sick dude.

  9. Muse, it wasn’t Dobson himself, it was one of his sycophants (Stuart Shepard, I think…no matter, same diff!)

    And your comment mirrored my own thoughts. Take that “torrential rain” prayer, Mr. Shepard, and cram it up your ass and down your piehole until the only thing within you is torrential water – to wash you away.

    Good Christian values. BAH!

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