2012 RNC: Waiting out the storm

Greetings from sunny … er, beautiful … er, just Tampa. And from the inside of my hotel room at that, because not a lot else is happening this opening day of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The Georgia delegation, which is staying at the same hotel, is holed up in an enormous ballroom listening to uber-focus grouper Frank Luntz. I’d tell you what he’s saying, except the event — like everything else the Georgia delegation has done so far — is closed to the press. I don’t know why so many Georgia Republicans believe they can shape press coverage to their liking by shunning the press. One day, perhaps they’ll learn these antics won’t keep the media from covering them and might just contribute to the sometimes adversarial relationship they have with us. (In any case, the AJC’s Jim Galloway is sitting outside the ballroom as I type, to gather what he can from the Luntz discussion.)

Beyond that, and in case you haven’t yet heard, the Monday program for the convention has been cut to a 10-minute session this afternoon in which the gathering will be officially opened and then adjourned until tomorrow afternoon. Whether the weather justifies that decision remains to be seen; for now, it would appear the worst has already passed us, though more rain is coming. But it may turn out to be a regrettable decision in terms of media coverage of the proceedings, because Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening to become a hurricane and is projected now to make landfall near New Orleans sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Whenever and wherever it hits, it’s likely media coverage will shift to the hurricane — especially if it’s a big storm hitting New Orleans just seven years after Hurricane Katrina — and that the RNC will want to cancel some of its proceedings out of respect for the storm’s victims.

From a political perspective, what this means is that Mitt Romney could be watching Mother Nature take a big chunk out of one of the key moments in his campaign. I don’t think this week is critical for his campaign: Since Paul Ryan joined the ticket, the race has tightened even further, including in the swing states. And Romney has yet to tap into general-election funds for which he currently has a $60 million advantage over President Obama. So, this week certainly isn’t make-or-break. But it is shaping up as a possible lost opportunity.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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oldfart

August 27th, 2012
10:40 am

The conventions have become an anachronism. Avoiding the press is the polar opposite of the only real purpose left to hold a convention. They should be embracing all the coverage they can get short of any late night dips in Tampa Bay.

They BOTH suck

August 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Kyle

Stay dry, be safe and have a great time.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
10:53 am

Reading the book about Garfield you mentioned earlier.

Its a pretty good read.

Doubt if Garfield would have been a Republican today.

When is the Republican ” You didn’t build it ” day in a building built with taxpayer dollars ?

southpaw

August 27th, 2012
11:00 am

Too bad the conventions are in the summer. Winter is when we can really use the hot air.

Keep your head down until everything finishes blowing over, Kyle.

Jefferson

August 27th, 2012
11:00 am

Let the lying begin.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 27th, 2012
11:10 am

Cons can’t swim?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 27th, 2012
11:11 am

In good news: Georgia State’s first ever football draft pick made the first cut with the Raiders today. Cool.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 27th, 2012
11:12 am

Jefferson, the convention will be open for about 10 minutes tonight. I bet they can get more than 10 lies out in those 10 minutes….I’m thinking closer to 20.

md

August 27th, 2012
11:13 am

Avoiding the agenda of the press? I would too………..

Once upon a time in a land far far away, there used to be these things called unicorns and journalists……now? EVERYBODY has an agenda…..ESPECIALLY if they work for the mega-corpoarte press.

There was a reason the supremes allowed other corps to have the same standing as the press (corps) in Citizens United…………….

md

August 27th, 2012
11:15 am

“You didn’t build it ” day in a building built with taxpayer dollars ?”

Those dollars came from business owners…….the gov’t doesn’t have any other than what they confiscate.

Dusty

August 27th, 2012
11:16 am

Kyle’s in Tampa!! Well, sounds a bit dull at the moment. (Is there a swimming pool at the hotel?)

Keep us posted on the palm trees and the churning waves. This too shall ;pass and Romney Revels shall start!

Not to worry. Republicans can never be more dull than Democrats at a convention unless Zell speaks again! He stirred the Democrats that unforgetable day!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 27th, 2012
11:17 am

I am confident that by the end of this week all Americans will know how Romney will fund his tax decreases – and we’ll know EXACTLY which tax loopholes Romney plans to close but won’t tell us about.

Middle class folks, you might want to change the channel for the rest of this week….

jeffrey

August 27th, 2012
11:18 am

Kyle, are you too liberal for the Georgia delegation?

md

August 27th, 2012
11:20 am

The dems did score a coup by getting Charlie Crist……the guy that was a republican until he lost in the republican primaries…….then he was suddenly an independent…..and still lost to the republican in the general…….so now he shows up at the dem convention.

Can one say “self-preservation”…………..

Dusty

August 27th, 2012
11:26 am

Finn,@11:12

Getting out more than ten lies in ten minutes at the convention? You are all mixed up.

This is not the Democratic Convention where such things happen. . Lies are the lifeline of Dem propaganda. You show us that every day.

Lynnie Gal

August 27th, 2012
11:36 am

I heard the forecast in Tampa is–raining frogs and locusts…wonder what Pat Robertson has to say about this.

Dusty

August 27th, 2012
11:41 am

md 11:20

Charlie Crist did the twist and couldn’t decide ‘twixt parties.

Now Charlie’s a weak parley and unworthy of both parties

.Let him speak for the dwindling Dems.

He’s gonna cry when he sees who wins.

.

saywhat?

August 27th, 2012
11:45 am

md

August 27th, 2012
11:20 am
The dems did score a coup by getting Charlie Crist……the guy that was a republican until he lost in the republican primaries…….then he was suddenly an independent…..and still lost to the republican in the general…….so now he shows up at the dem convention.

Can one say “self-preservation”…………..
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Says the guy who likely praised the Repub. Convention speaking role granted to Artur whats-his-name whom nobody outside his home state had ever heard of before, just because he lost a Democratic primary and switched parties.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
11:52 am

Let him speak for the dwindling Dems.

Dwindling Dems ? The Democratic party is growing and thriving.

The only place the Republican party is growing is in the South.

They will just be a regional party within 20 years.

Unless they change…. but I doubt it.

The inmates ( Paling, Trump, Hannity crowd ) are running the asylum over there.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
11:54 am

I guess maybe because the convention is involved and it is the first storm of the year, but I don’t think other cat 1 hurricanes reap all this media attention. If a cat 1 hits Gulfport, we can expect the media folks to be standing in the pouring rain, while their clothing flaps around in the heavy wind and pointing out how the water has accumulated in a low lying ditch, so, we are supposed to abandon the convention for that.

Seems, the GOP is afraid of being seen as insensitive, and the media would like nothing better than to avoid the speeches, that will invariably bash our current Mistake in Chief. Perfect Storm for protecting the status quo.

RC (R--apoi)

August 27th, 2012
11:55 am

Well, I guess I’ll tune in Tuesday night. That’s when that big fat well fed NJ guvner will be speaking. I sure hope they put in 2 x 12 joists under that speaker platform like I did under the floor of the trailer. I’d hate to see that platform collapse and pull the building down. Say, I wonder if they charge him extra for airplane tickets like they do when your luggage is too heavy?

Anyhow, I sure am looking forward to seeing what spending cuts Romney will make—I mean, the ones that will make up the deficit and pay for the increase in defense spending. That’s about as much a mystery to me as his tax returns. But he’s probly just shamed about the huge amount of taxes he pays. He’s worried we’ll think he’s dumb not to look for a good tax man like my accountant, Bubba.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
11:57 am

BTW The Republican party you see the next few days is not the real Republican party.

If you want to know the real Republican agenda read the official party platform.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
11:59 am

and the media would like nothing better than to avoid the speeches,

Yeah. I’m sure they wont be anywhere on cable.

What planet do you people live on ?

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

Finn, I have a question. Don’t know why I thought of it last night, other than observing the 20 or so next wannabe’s in the GOP. You being the expert on all things Dem please give this some thought and an answer.

Who other than Barry and Hilary is future Presidential material in the Dem circus. I keep thinking that Barry will run again in 2016 and Hilary might or might not, but if both were decide they have had enough, who then. Chris Van Hollen (sp) is about the only one I could come up with that is under 65 and has any name recognition. I am sure there are others, but the party seems to made up of old white folks all past their prime. Who do you see as up and coming stars of the Dem party?

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

Rafe

How is Obama going to run for President in 2016 after already serving two terms?

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

I keep thinking that Barry will run again in 2016

Impossible. The President can only serve one more term.

I am sure there are others, but the party seems to made up of old white folks all past their prime

I think you are thinking about Republicans

Bob Dole etc.

Democrats are a big tent party.

Here is an initial list. Lots of good names out there.

http://www.2016election.com/2016-democratic-presidential-nomination-odds/

md

August 27th, 2012
12:09 pm

“Says the guy who likely praised the Repub. Convention speaking role granted to Artur whats-his-name whom nobody outside his home state had ever heard of before, just because he lost a Democratic primary and switched parties.”

Assumption is your debate??

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:10 pm

Yeah. I’m sure they wont be anywhere on cable.

Yeah, CNN, the cable channel that covered the Queen’s Jubilee celebration rather than the WI elections, will have switched over on some dude or dudette wearing waders and standing in some storm drain talking about how bad the storm is. They never miss a chance to change the subject when the news favors the GOP.

What’s going on in Syria, Wolfie?

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

Rafe

Cry much?

dang

southpaw

August 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

Cheesy Grits @12:07
Barry’s terms don’t have to be back-to-back. Non-consecutive terms worked fine for Grover Cleveland.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

Finn, thanks for the list. Janet Napolitano? Whoa? Any bench with her on it, is a little thin, maybe weighty, but thin. Mark Warner and Tim Kane, hold me back. Joe Biden?

I did forget Cuomo, one of the few that might get folks excited. Thanks for the list, didn’t know anyone had gotten that far, yet.

BTW, Obama will be running again in 2016, never gonna give it up!

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

They never miss a chance to change the subject when the news favors the GOP.

When does the news favor the GOP ?

Other than Fox who will spin anything in their favor ?

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

southpaw

Sounds great, but not going to happen

A weak Obama is going to beat an an ever weaker Romney

Count on it

Didn’t say you have to like it, but count on it

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

2012 USA: Waiting out the liberal fascist

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

2012 USA: Waiting out the liberal fascist

This is what the Republicans have become.

Name callers.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:21 pm

Up

Not crying, just predicting. If your guy was taking it on the chin, you would want to avert your eyes as well. Hopefully, I am wrong and they stay with the speeches, rather than the muddy water.

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:22 pm

Cheesy Grits

It is safe to say that Barry doesn’t have the ability not to do it, plus he lacks in self esteem. Even negative attention is reinforcement when you have nothing else.

With that said, name calling is not what all Republicans do.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

He stirred the Democrats that unforgetable day!

He did !!! What a glorious day for Georgia as well.

He challenged us to a duel !!!!

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

When does the news favor the GOP ?

Nov 2010! WI elections 2012!
Nov 7,2012!

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please
August 27th, 2012
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Don’t cry, Lil’ Cheesy

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:27 pm

Rafe

I’m sure that all the cable news channels already have published what they will be televising or not.

I could careless either way. Both conventions are nothing but used car sales. Talking points fed to the flocks of both sides

Each side will say their conventions were great and the speeches were the best ever. Same exact thing happened the last time, the time before that and the time before that………

I’m sure between the two, I might give them both a total of 5 minutes.

Dusty

August 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

Rafe

No need to worry about future Democratic nominees for president. Just think; they’ve got Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Durbin, Shumer, Biden and even Cynthia McKinney if she wants to drop the Green Party. They might even scrounge up someone from New York City.

Doesn’t THAT make you feel better!!! .

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

A weak Obama is going to beat an an ever weaker Romney

I have more faith in America than that. I don’t think we have sunk so low, that we would reelect someone, who was given a great chance to succeed, but failed miserably.

@@

August 27th, 2012
12:32 pm

Kyle, since you’re not too busy, could you run over to Ft. Walton and install a coupl’a ceiling fans for my Mom?

It’s on our list of things to do this weekend.

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:32 pm

Rafe

After Dem convention in 04, Dems thought that Kerry would win.

After Repub convention in 08, Repubs thought McCain would win………… heck he even knew he wasn’t going to win

Up Up and Away

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Rafe @ 12:29

You make an ok point, but he is running against Mitt “The Flip” Romney……

What hasn’t he flipped on in the last several yrs?

Old Goober

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

By 2016 another 4 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote. It won’t matter who the Democratic nominee is—he/she will be in. For that reason, this is the Republicans’ last chance before they start going the way of the Whig Party. The Republicans know this—that’s why they’re so desperate now.

Oh–and as for health insurance costs:

Administrative costs for Medicare: 2%
Administrative costs for private health insurance: 20%

@@

August 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

This is what the Republicans have become.

Name callers.

Maybe Cheesy could change his name to “Runny Grits”? “Thin (skinned) grits”?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

A weak Obama is going to beat an an ever weaker Romney

George Romney could have passed on a pair of you know whats to his son…..oh well. Maybe we will get more “hints” this week as to how Romney would govern? Nothing substantial, I’m sure.

Dusty

August 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

Cheesy Grits,

Zell challenged Democrats to a duel A duel of words no doubt. Poor babies! Scared ‘em to death!!

.