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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

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Comments

  1. Me Me Me says:

    OK, so it was pretty spectacularly unlucky of the Republicans to have their 2008 convention disrupted by a tropical storm, given that it was in Saint Frickin’ Paul.

    But what kind of a moron schedules a major event in Florida in August?

    I know the easy point to make here is that obviously God hates Republicans.

    But the real point is that this a yet another example of Republicans being ever-so-eager to pander to a targeted group (Florida is a swing state) at the expense of the big picture/common sense.

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  2. superdestroyer says:

    Who cares? Is there anything more irrelevant than a made-for-television even for an irrelevant political party.

    Until the polls show that Romney has a reasonable chance to win (which means a lead in Virginia above the margin of error), the media should not give the Republicans any more media coverage than they give the libertarians or the green party.

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  3. Bleev K says:

    God is obviously a democrat.

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  4. al-Ameda says:

    Wow, that means the first day will far more successful than if they’d had their usual programmed events.

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  5. Gustopher says:

    This reminds me of Rick Perry praying for rain, and getting wildfires instead.

    God hates Republicans. Let there be no doubt.i look forward to the smiting of a future Republican candidate.

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  6. Me Me Me says:

    @Gustopher:

    i look forward to the smiting of a future Republican candidate.

    Such as the one that is going to be administered this November, via the votes of women?

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  7. Nick says:

    When Is Pat Robertson going to announce this is God’s judgement on the Republican Party?

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  8. Jack Moss says:

    The storm is forecasted to have an effect on Charlotte as well, but likely before their convention. The stripper comment is better for that venue, after all Bubba will be there.

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  9. Jr says:

    Even God is getting tried of the pious pandering by the GOP.

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  10. Nikki says:

    @superdestroyer: From your lips to God’s ear…

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  11. Nikki says:

    @Jack Moss: Well, since the strippers themselves say they make more money from Republicans, you’d be pretty much full of it.

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  12. Anderson says:

    Given the GOP passion for climate denialism, I’m pleasantly surprised to find they believe in weather forecasting.

    I mean, come now: surely these so-called scientists have a liberal bias that’s causing them to disrupt the convention? Why haven’t they disclosed the algorithms behind their alleged forecasts? And look: I have a statement signed by 26 former TV weathermen that forecasting is bunk!

    Then too the liberal media is ignoring the many positive benefits to a convention of having a hurricane hit, and the economic stimulus that will result.

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  13. Commonist says:

    Only one day?

    Keep going Isaac. Do stay away from the rest of the Florida residents.

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  14. PJ says:

    @Me Me Me:

    I know the easy point to make here is that obviously God hates Republicans.

    You’re somewhat right.

    But God doesn’t have a blanket hate of Republicans.
    But he does have serious issues with two of their recent choices.

    1. Picking a Mormon as their candidate. It’s not a true religion and all that.
    2. Most of the party rejecting Akin and throwing him under the bus.

    If the GOP would jettison Romney and instead pick Paul Ryan and give the VP nod to Akin, God will calm the storm in an instant.

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  15. Me Me Me says:

    @Jack Moss:

    The storm is forecasted to have an effect on Charlotte as well

    Could you please link to a map that shows a forecast that includes the possibility of Charlotte being anywhere near the path?

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  16. anjin-san says:

    The stripper comment is better for that venue, after all Bubba will be there.

    Clinton is not the sort of guy who has to pay for women to spend time with him, and that is one more reason conservatives hate him.

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