Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hurricane Romney

Disclaimer: Hurricanes are serious business. When one is coming, caution and preparedness are absolute necessities. Having been through Hurricane Andrew in Miami--almost twenty years ago to the day--I can attest first hand to the danger they bring and the damage they cause.

With the GOP Convention scheduled to be held in Tampa from August 27th through August 30th, there is now some concern that Tropical Storm Isaac--currently several hundred miles to the Southeast of Puerto Rico with sustained winds of 40 mph--might threaten the Tampa area, potentially as a Hurricane. The five-day "cone of uncertainty" from NOAA suggests a possible landfall in the area early Tuesday morning, the second day of the Convention:

Analysis does suggest it would likely be a minor Hurricane at that point, though a Hurricane nonetheless. Such a scenario would need to be dealt with, since travel to and from the area could be both dangerous and restricted. The Convention could be postponed or even moved, though the latter seems very unlikely.

But I say, barring a major Hurricane, bring it on! Hold the Convention with the winds whipping around outside, with the dark clouds everywhere and sheets of driving rain. The Obama Campaign and the DNC have grown so fearful of the possibility of losing the General Election--something they had long though was an impossibilty--that they are abandoning precedent, ignoring decorum, and scheduling major events during the GOP Convention:
Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.

Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent's nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.

President Obama, Vice President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have all scheduled high-profile events next week to counter-program the Republican gathering in Tampa.
Democrat strategists and the usual suspects in the media are excusing these tactics, arguing that it's all a result of a polarization and coarsening oft politics for which they, of course, are not responsible. But that's fear talking, nothing else.

When Obama was coronated as the nominee in Chicago on August 28th, it was a grand spectacle with herculean pillars flanking the future President, thousands screaming and crying for joy, and media pundits having orgasmic spasms on live television. Hope and change and all that jazz. And in the final anlaysis, there has been little hope and not much change, apart from having a President who thinks he's an emperor.

But for the GOP in 2012, for the citizens of America, for the future of the nation, this should not be a glorious, joyful moment. It should be a watershed moment instead, a moment when more serious minds prevailed, when there was a collective shout of "enough!" What better way to frame such a moment than with a serious storm?

To achieve true poetic justice, Romney should accept the nomination just as the eye of the hurricane passes overhead. A storm, then a moment of calm, foreshadowing the coming storm in the halls of government, the comeuppance for those whose ideological blinders have lead the nation to the brink.

That's the ideal, anyway. Because even if Romney somehow manages to win, I don't know how much of a real difference he can actually make, or is truly willing to make. But it's a start. Maybe Romney can even walk onto stage wearing his white shoes. Mitt "Reno" Romney. I'll play the part of Kid Lester, calling for the storm at halftime.

Cheers, all (bonus points to those who know what movie I'm referencing in the last paragraph).

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