Storm spells problems for ‘bump’ GOP expected from Tampa convention

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By Jim Rutenberg and Michael Shear. With the Tropical Storm Isaac now forecast to roar northwest past Tampa on Monday and Tuesday, officials scrambled to reconfigure what had been a four-night schedule into three and to make contingency plans for further changes.

But even if the storm largely bypasses this region, it holds the risk of creating an uncomfortable split-screen image, especially if it continues barreling toward New Orleans. The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama declared states of emergency in anticipation of the storm.

Republicans were wary of the optics of television coverage split between the revelry and partisanship surrounding Mr. Romney’s nomination and the threat of the storm making landfall in Louisiana or Mississippi seven years to the week after Hurricane Katrina left an American city in ruins.

At the very least, Mr. Romney’s image makers were coming to terms with sharing the news spotlight with the storm just as they were hoping their gathering would give their candidate the exposure he needs to surge ahead of President Obama.

Instead of focusing on the convention and on Republicans descending on the swing state of Florida, local news outlets were giving constant and increasingly urgent updates on the storm’s path. Network correspondents here were girding to be reassigned from convention coverage to hurricane coverage, heavy rain gear and all. Fox News Channel said it was diverting a marquee anchor, Shepard Smith, to New Orleans from here. Read more from this story HERE.

Due to state of emergency, Gov. Bobby Jindal decides to stay in Louisiana rather than attend the Tampa GOP convention

By Adam Levy. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is staying in his home state for now as Tropical Storm Isaac heads towards New Orleans.

The two-term governor was to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday to address the delegates of Republican National Convention that evening. Instead of preparing for his high-profile speech, he declared a state of emergency Sunday and asked for voluntary evacuations in 15 low-lying parishes on or near the Gulf Coast.

“My priority is the safety of our people. And certainly as this storm threatens the public safety here in Louisiana, I’m not going anywhere,” Jindal said at a news conference. “As long as we’re in harms way, I need to be right here doing my job and that’s what I’m going to be doing.”

Under the RNC’s new revised schedule, Jindal is expected to speak Wednesday night should he attend the convention.
Jindal isn’t the only member of the Louisiana delegation not attending the convention. Jefferson Parish President John Young canceled his plans due to the potential impact Isaac could have on his constituents. State Rep, Lenar Whitney and New Orleans public service commission member Eric Skrmetta are currently driving back to Louisiana as well.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday night that all programs for Monday, the first day of the convention, were canceled. Read more from this story HERE.

  • LibertysSon

    Romney doesn’t need a “bump”. If you thought the Lines at Chick Fil-A were long, wait till you see the conservative turnout at the Polls this November. The Dems will be getting their walking papers…O will be lucky to get 10 states and the popular vote will be 53% to 47% in favor of Romney. I said it first…:o)

  • CSN

    GOP destroyed Paul’s chances of getting the nomination by hook and by crook, so this Hurricane is only fair pay-back for the false nominee. Frankly I’d like to have seen a new Tea Party come into play, or the Constitution Party, but they play the game so evil that the chances are very slim of anyone fighting the system as it is now. Romney is not going to change anything, but we’ll wait out the storm. Yes, the storm within the Republican Party Platform which compromises Life issues. If you are not for preserving human life in all stages of life, from womb to the cradle to the end of life, then you are not Pro-Life at all!

  • Mark Brickey

    Wise decision for Jindal – far better than sitting in a Hotel somewhere as his predecessor did. He’s already done more than this predecessor in preparation of a storm.
    Why couldn’t the RNC have him speak from LA by electronic feed is he’s physically able?
    As long as all play their appropriate parts & do & say what Republicans are supposed to do & say, RR should do just fine through this Convention.

  • Bob

    That’s fine…Isaac can bump every damned gopster right into the Atlantic for all I give a fiddler’s….and it can wipe out the DNC right down to the last one too. Maybe Isaac will prove to be the only thing that can save this country since so obviously the people in America don’t have what it takes.

  • reggiec

    Isaac is not the only storm threatening the Republican convention. The recent rule changes by the RNC are denying duly elected delegates from their rightfull representation at the convention. Many grass roots Conservatives and Independents percieve that Romney is being shoved down our throats. The backlash might just let Obama win. If Conservatives feel that they have been disinfranchised, they may stay home or support some third paty candidate.

  • reggiec

    Whistling past the graveyard
    I believe the reaction of the left to the beginnings of limiting government, forced on congress through the influence of TEA party activists is pure unadulterated fear. How else can you explain their descent into the cesspool of lies they have promoted in recent advertisements. The establishment, elite GOP is also feeling the pressure. Their bluster, name calling, primary shenanigans and dire warnings of disaster are evoked by fear of ghosts from the past reincarnated in the Tea party. Look at the recent rule changes concerning the delegates to the Republican convention. The elite are making every attempt to exclude grass root delegates from any influence. Their fear is real, it is part of the liberal and go along to get long RINO elite cell structure; it has been embedded in their brains for decades. They have to be wetting their pants after the Kansas Republican Primary. Nearly every establishment Republican lost to a Conservative (17 out of 22).
    It is the fear that the American people will realize that our Founding Fathers really had it right. The modern liberal rhetoric is completely destroyed when stacked against the ideals of those grave yard ghosts in the form of our Founding Father’s spirits. The Liberal/RINO fear is that we have finally awakened and have had enough. They are beginning to realize their Waterloo will be the 2012 elections and they are whistling past the graveyard. Let them hear us ROAR in November! THIS IS OUR COUNTRU AND WE WANT IT BACK!!!
    It may take a while but vote Conservative for every level in government and make sure we bury them with a huge voter turnout this November.