The current track places the storm dead on New Orleans. But this is many, many days in advance so you can’t expect this to be accurate. But, this is worth keeping an eye on.
Speculation: RNC opens on September 1st. Gustav hits the Gulf Coast September 1st. RNC second and third day play out with the Republicans following tradition, which involves making stark and insensitive statements about people in need, landing bloody punches, or at least trying to, on their competition. As typically happens, the Republicans are seen as insensitive. This insensitivity is underscored by the choice of Tim “Fallen Bridge” Pawlenty as the Vice Presidential candidate.
By the third day of the convention/ third day of the Gustav Disaster, the analogies and parallels and metaphors linking Katrina to Gustav and Gustav to Katrina and Hurricanes to Global Warming and government ineffectiveness to Katrina and Bush to Katrina and so on and so forth saturate the airwaves.
Somewhere in Mississippi or Louisiana, a trailer park full of Katrina victims is hit with a flood caused by Gustav. One or two innocents die in the flood. The official government line: They were killed by a flood, not by the hurricane. They were killed by an accident, not because they still lived in a FEMA trailer.
By the fourth day of the RNC, half of the news coverage is on the RNC, the other half on Gustav. There are rumors of McCain having chest pains. Pawlenty gets mad at reporters and blows up at them. It is revealed that the company that built and placed the trailers in the flood zone is a subsidiary of Haliburton. Cheney, indifferent, brushes off reporter’s questions.
… Two Republican members of congress are arrested in the mens room of Fat Lorenzo’s, a working class restaurant on the way to the airport, soliciting sex from a 16 year old illegal Mexican immigrant boy …
By 11:39 PM EST, September 4th, the Republican Party, for all practical purposes, shuts down.