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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Kind of an Idiot Plans a Major Convention in Florida During Hurricane Season?

Posted by on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

If everything goes well with my flights, I'll be arriving in Tampa on Sunday night to pick up my press credentials for the Republican National Convention on Monday morning. Tropical Storm Isaac is set to arrive in Florida on Monday.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn downplayed the threat Wednesday morning, saying that there’s plenty of time to prepare for the possibility of Isaac.

“I’m not really worried about this one yet,” Buckhorn said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “The good thing about living in Florida is, we’re accustomed to this. This is our reality every storm season. So we’ve trained for this … but, you know, we’re monitoring it, we’re watching it, we’re tracking it. I think we’re going to be okay, but we’ll be prepared in the event that it heads this way.”

Buckhorn said that safety will come first — going so far as to say that he would cancel or reschedule the convention, if necessary — but he said the experienced staffers working on convention logistics won’t be fazed by weather.

I'm not worried. After all, Republicans have a great track record with managing hurricanes, and with all those evangelical Christians in one city, praying the storm away, Tampa is sure to be the safest place in the United States.


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Be careful, and be lucky! We don't want you getting hurt covering a GOP convention.

I wouldn't wish a cat-5 hurricane on anyone, but maybe there would be enough noticeable irony if, after invoking God in their invocation speech and saying something denying climate change, if say, a cat-3 storm tore the roof off the convention center.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on August 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Look forward to watching the disaster zone on National News and the evacuees drowning without government assistance.

Posted by Will in Seattle on August 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM · Report this
Pick1 3
I wonder which will cause you more headaches: republican propaganda or the hurricane?
Posted by Pick1 on August 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
As conservatives just LOOOVE to claim: hurricanes are God's judgement against sin. So if a hurricane causes a lot of damage in Tampa during the GOP national convention, that would mean....
Posted by TechBear on August 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Here comes the Katrina Karma train.
Posted by Kyleen on August 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
@4: You wish.

If nothing happens, it will be "proof" that god loves them and blesses their oppression of others.

If a hurricane destroys the venue, it will be "proof" that they are not oppressing others enough, and that makes god really angry.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on August 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 7
If there was a God, it would definitely show a strong sense of humor by pummeling all those Repug douche-cannons with a Cat 6 storm.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 8
What kind of idiot? Maybe the same kind who plans a convention in North Carolina during hurricane season.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
blip 9
This is one of those rare occasions where a hurricane is god's way of just letting people know he's thinking about them.
Posted by blip on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
I wish them all a safe a happy convention where Americans can see for themselves that Republicans have learned nothing from the past and are still pouring out the hate and oppression for others.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
sperifera 11
Ha! The GOP can't even attract a female hurricane.
Posted by sperifera on August 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 12
I was in Tampa at the beginning of hurricane season and watched a report on one of the local newscasts -- apparently, Tampa is frequently spared the full brunt of the big storms, as it's on the back side of the dangley dong that is Florida. Storms that hit the East coast of the state generally lose power before making it there. Those that come up via the Gulf of Mexico mostly come ashore from Texas to the Florida panhandle. A storm would have to make a hard right to hit Tampa full on.

I'm guessing the Mayor Buckhorn (if that IS his real name) just wanted to get some of that sweet, sweet media attention.
Posted by Cracker Jack on August 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 13
Tampa is also known for a lot of people being struck by lightning.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 14
Oh, and there is some proof, too. The very wonderful Historical Hurricane Tracks tool at NOAA. Only 5 hurricanes have gone within 25 miles of Tampa in the last 100 years.

Oh, however to @8's snark, only one hurricane has gone within 25 miles of Charlotte in the past 100 years (albeit, it was Hugo).
Posted by Cracker Jack on August 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Star Wars convention Thur-Sun in Orlando, so I blame George Lucas.
Posted by jedifarfy on August 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 16
@15: No worries. He'll replace it with a CGI sunny day.
Posted by Cracker Jack on August 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 17
1. presidential conventions always occur during hurrican season.
2. very few cites can handle presidential conventions.
3. the cities not susceptible to hurricanes (MPLS, Denver) and acceptable to the GOP (not Seattle, Portland, SF, Oakland) got used up last time.
Posted by Max Solomon on August 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
If it is any consolation, FEMA has been planning for the possibility of a hurricane (among other events) at the conventions for over a year, along with the state emergency management agencies. They are ready for whatever happens.
Posted by Sheryl on August 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this

We are frequently spared, but we've come awfully close. Charley in '04 was supposed to be our storm and hit us with a cat 2, but just a little wobble caused it to hit Port Charlotte at a cat 4.

I don't live in a flood zone, so I'll be fine. (I also checked to make sure my insurance was up to date.) The convention center? That's in Zone A, so they would evacuate in the case of a cat 1 coming anywhere nearby. I was not looking forward to the RNC at all, but with a storm coming? This should be awesome.
Posted by infrequentposter on August 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
If it's a legitimate hurricane, the city has ways of shutting that down.
Posted by Proteus on August 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
"So if a hurricane causes a lot of damage in Tampa during the GOP national convention, that would mean…."

… that the GOP has not gone sufficiently far in punishing sluts, perverts, and heathens.

Of course, if a hurricane hit the Democrats, it would be a clear indication that they are sinners.

Do try to keep up. This sort of circular logic is not new. It's standard fare among the God-botherers.
Posted by Lymis on August 23, 2012 at 6:43 AM · Report this
@11 Probably just as well, from their point of view. The last thing they need is a vengeful female showing up with any real power.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on August 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this

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