Republicans, Tv Execs Worry, What Will Isaac Do?
Hurricane experts were saying as late as midday today (Friday) that it's still too early to forecast the likely path of Tropical Storm Isaac, let alone its strength, if and when it hits the U.S. on Monday. Network executives are continuing to make contingency plans in case the Republican National Convention is forced to move from Tampa, which could be hard hit if Isaac drives into the Gulf and becomes a full-fledged hurricane by Monday, the first day of the convention. Then again, there's the question that the TV news execs must come to grips with of how much time and attention to devote to the weather and how much to politics. Florida Governor Rick Scott said this morning that he has been in touch with the presumed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "I gave him assurance that this state is a state that has dealt with hurricanes in the past," Scott said. "We're ready if that's what happens but hopefully it won't happen." Romney himself tried to milk the situation for political value. "There may be some wind, a little rain," he said. "But the winds of change are coming."