Day One Of Republican Convention Canceled Due To Isaac
For the second Presidential election cycle in a row, a tropical storm has resulted in the postponement of the first day events at the Republican National Convention:
TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that “the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th.”
That move essentially postpones the activities of the first of four scheduled days of the convention. But Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that the details of the revised schedule were not yet settled, and could be announced as soon as Sunday.
The Republican National Convention is going to take place. We know that we will officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan,” he said.
Romney will now be formally nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate on Tuesday instead of Monday, said Russ Schriefer, a senior strategist for the Romney campaign.
“Right now, we expect that the roll call will just take place on Tuesday,” he said.
There’s still no word on how this will impact the schedule of speakers and other matters, but that apparently will be announced as early as Sunday. In either event, it occurs to me, that this is yet another argument in favor of returning to the previous tradition where party conventions were held in mid-July instead of late-August. As a rule, and indeed as this year itself has shown us, the Atlantic hurricane season is far less violent in the July.
Meanwhile, it seems as thought there will be thousands of Republicans with nothing to do in Tampa on Monday, and plenty of available strippers.
H/T: Jazz Shaw