Signs and Portents

Ok, so the American Political Science Association had to cancel its annual meeting, and now President Obama has to move his speech indoors, but the RNC only had to lose a day (and its least important one) to Isaac?

Well, I guess God is a Republican after all…

(Seriously:  who thought it was a good idea to hold an event like this outside?)

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, I guess God is a Republican after all…

    Of course he is… That is why He is a plank in their platform where they can walk all over him just like they do with their voters.

  2. MstrB says:

    Outdoors is fine, as long as you choose the right city.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    The bigger question is: why Tampa or Charlotte? Two muggy, boring, lifeless cities.

  4. Me Me Me says:

    Seriously: who thought it was a good idea to hold an event like this outside?

    Seriously, who has already forgotten how great the event in Denver was four years ago? Charlotte’s weather patterns made this make sense, and in any event, they had the good sense to line up a fall-back position.

    You are simply engaging in OTB’s favorite game, “Both Sides Do It!”.

    However, in reality, having to downsize the audience for Obama’s speech to a mere 20,000 is in no way comparable to the stupidity of having your convention in a low-lying oceanfront location in Hurricane Country during Hurricane Season in a city that, on average, gets hit by a hurricane or tropical storm once every other year.

  5. @Me Me Me:

    You are simply engaging in OTB’s favorite game, “Both Sides Do It!”.

    Wondering as to the wisdom of holding an outdoor event is “Both sides Do it!”?

    I think outdoor weddings are a bit of a gamble as well, for what it’s worth.

  6. Me Me Me says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Yes, Steven, it is. Cover has to be provided for the Republicans demonstrating some really, really poor planning skills with their convention, and the best you can do is “mock” the Democrats for having their headline event in front of 20,000 people instead of 65,000. Similarly hacks are scribbling away about the “dangers” of Bill Clinton giving a speech which hasn’t been vetted – it is a gamble on par with letting a Hollywood star stroll to the podium with a curious prop, dontchano?

  7. @Me Me Me: No, it is predicated on my experience with the weather.

    How you can construe this as a political statement is beyond me.

  8. @Me Me Me: Also, if you hadn’t noticed, this is a rather tongue-in-cheek post.

    I don’t, in case you were wondering, think that God is Republican.