Tropical Storm Isaac neared hurricane strength early Tuesday as it swirled through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, pointed toward the fragile lowlands of south Louisiana and the ever-vulnerable city of New Orleans.
Party officials and convention planners are increasingly anxious about a different and possibly more damaging scenario: a split-screen broadcast of Republicans partying in Tampa alongside images of serious storm damage in states such as Louisiana and Mississippi. Some Republicans here worry the juxtaposition of events could revive memories of the disastrous 2005 storms — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — and the government’s terrible handling of them. Public outrage over the George W. Bush administration’s response to those catastrophes — Katrina especially — shadowed the president and the GOP for years.
The absence of the former Republican president might be filled by the presence of this ghost. If God loved your praying so much, it would have been better that He hit Tampa (sympathy) and spared New Orleans (memory).