Overcast and quiet this early Monday on California’s north coast, not so on the other side of the country where Hurricane Isaac is plowing through the Gulf of Mexico.
In its wake, the GOP has to weather the storm to pretend their boy Mitt Romney is an everyday kind of asshole — hard work in the face of the raging storm of bullshit — the RNC was set to start this morning, but it’s been flooded out and slapped hard like a political bitch.
On top of Romney’s lying, dead-face wanker pose, Isaac is tracking like Katrina, which will endure its seventh anniversary on Wednesday, a celebration Republicans would rather not weather.
And they have worked to hard to create the delusion of normal: From its dark-wood finish to the brightly glowing high-resolution screens in the rafters that look like skylights, every aspect of the stage has been designed to convey warmth, approachability and openness.
(Illustration found here).
Warm like a tropical breeze — traveling at about 14 miles an hour with winds above 65 miles an hour.
And Isaac for the GOP is like a nightmare come alive, again:
There are so far some eerie similarities between Hurricane Katrina and Isaac, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
The forecast for Isaac and the one for Katrina in 2005 are almost identical, he said.
“Hurricane Katrina went on to become a dangerous Category 5 hurricane in the central Gulf of Mexico,” Hennen said.
And for a crowd chocked full of climate change deniers and people who won’t listen to sense, Isaac is going to blow their collective shit into the wind.
A storm/hurricane can come in different forms as Iowa State University Professor Steffen Schmidt explains:
First, New Orleans is an iconic city and another hurricane headed for the Big Easy is big news.
Instead of the GOP convention and the â€œroll outâ€ of Mitt Romney, itâ€™s fair to say that all of the news media will be focused on the storm and its next victim.
That sucks the oxygen out of Tampa.
Second, if there is flooding damage or God forbid, deaths from the storm it will take swift and decisive government action at the local, state, and federal level to mitigate the damage.
Big government is NOT what the Republicans stand for.
It will be hard for the GOP to hammer home the case of smaller government in the middle of a crisis where only government can make a difference.
Third, it brings unwanted attention to the Republican party’s missteps in the past few weeks.
One of my students came to office hours last week and asked me if I thought God was sending a message about the GOP by having Isaac hit just when the Republicans were meeting.
“It canâ€™t be accidental that a lot of bad things have been happening at the same time,â€ she said.
I asked her what she meant.
She said â€œWell, there was that congressman who said women who are raped canâ€™t get pregnant.
Then there were the Republican members of Congress who swam naked in the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water. And now there is this hurricane.â€
If one acts like a petulant, preening piss-ant, the general public will take notice, and just might end up slapping the living-shit out of you.
One of my most-favorite actresses and lust characters in movies while growing up was Tuesday Weld, who turns 69 today.
She always had that irreseseruble look of being sweet, while displaying a full-blown naughty as a back story.
Weld appeared in two of Steve McQueen films as his love interests — McQueen above all others was indeed the ‘King of Cool,’ though he wasn’t considered that in those days — first in ‘Soldier in the Rain,’ and ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’ both great movies.
She doesn’t do much nowadays, and haven’t heard much of her in recent years — thought she’d already passed.
But lo, Happy birthday (she was only four years older than me — we could have easily connected.