How Many Days and Nights?

A scene:

A hurricane swirls toward a low-lying coastal city. An arena and a convention center are packed with fearful people.

Hurricane Isaac shoves the water of the Gulf of Mexico up Tampa Bay, flooding the Channelside area of downtown Tampa where the Republican National Convention is being held. The Hillsborough River, swollen by rain and unable to drain fully into rising Tampa Bay, floods. The low areas north of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the main site of the convention,sink under murky dirty infested water. Water rises five feet high between the Forum and the nearby Convention Center. The lobby of the Marriott hotel is a lake.

The electricity is down, killing light rail to Ybor City. Buses can’t plow through the deluge. Temperatures climb to the 90s and the humidity is ferocious. There is no air conditioning. Food runs out. Booze runs out. Water water everywhere nor any…

Some Republicans try to cross the bridge over the Hillsborough River to higher ground in Hyde Park. Angry mobs and rogue cops turn them back.

Conditions are horrible and getting worse. By some estimates nearly 40,000 people could be jammed into the Forum and the Convention Center. Stranded. Hungry. Thirsty. Off their meds.

The Question:

Would it take five days to rescue this mostly white, Republican crowd?



23 thoughts on “How Many Days and Nights?

  1. Dennis Lang says:

    Wow! That description. Then that incredible, awesome photo of incomprehensible desperation. Sends a chill right up the spine. I’m still shivering. Very powerful….

  2. Newt says:

    Bruce has his fingers crossed for a calamity. A direct hit on Tampa would be Christmas morning for him.

  3. Brian Lambert says:

    Assuming enough high ground for a runway somewhere near the convention center or the Ritz-Carlton, the most desperate would be air-lifted, via Gulfstream 5s, before the premium champagne was gone.

  4. Newt says:

    Isaac may hit New Orleans after all. Then we’ll get to see how the Dems manage that crack squad we know as FEMA.

    1. Never say never in terms of crisis planning and response. I’ve been on the inside of enough messes to know that what can go wrong probably will.

      I do think it’s worth noting, though, that the current head of FEMA – Craig Fugate – was for 8 years head of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and was prior to that the FDEM Bureau Chief for Preparedness and Response. Prior to that he ran emergency response for a decade in a Florida county and started out working as an EMT and Fire & Rescue officer.

      By comparison, Mike Brown was an executive with the International Arabian Horse Association, a failed political candidate and a lawyer.

      Somehow, I think New Orleans – and the rest of the country – are probably better off with Mr. Fugate’s FEMA than they were with Mr. Brown’s.

      – Austin

  5. Joe Loveland says:

    If they get some bad weather in the GOP encampment in Tampa, I’m anxious to hear what GOP champion Rev. Pat Robertson will say. After all, Robertson said his prayers spared his Virginia Beach HQ in 1985. So, no disaster-preventing prayers for his fellow Republicans?

    Also, Rev. Pat said Katrina suffering was sent because of America’s abortion practices. So, again, why wouldn’t the GOP center of the universe be spared?

    To be clear, I hope and pray that everyone everywhere is spared harm from Isaac. I’m just curious about what Rev. Pat’s take will be.

    1. Newt says:

      I’d say the Good Reverend’s bombastic remarks are matched only by demagoguing Dem’s.

      Again, if this thing hits New Orleans, and the response is botched, it wil be interesting for America to witness Obama in action pre-Nov. 6.

      1. Jim Leinfelder says:

        The bar’s been set pretty low, Newt. Responding at all sooner than five days later will be an improvement.

    2. Newt says:

      All it takes is for a few people stranded on a rooftop for 72 hours to give the impression of government failure. I’m sure FEMA will rise to the occasion.

  6. Newt says:

    We’ll never know if Obama did well because America will be besieged by syrupy, sympathetic campaign infomercials produced by CNN, MSNBC and the Big 3.

  7. Newt says:

    Bruce and Samuel Jackson are of like minds …

    Samuel L. Jackson asks why GOP ‘spared’ by tropical storm
    By Daniel Strauss – 08/27/12 04:53 PM ET

    Samuel L. Jackson on Monday tweeted it was “unfair” that Tropical Storm Isaac had spared the GOP convention in Tampa and appeared to be heading for New Orleans.

    Jackson said in a profanity-filled tweet that he was “not understanding God’s plan” given the fact that the storm was not disrupting the Republican gathering.

    “Unfair s—,” the Oscar-nominated actor known for his colorful language said on Twitter.

    “GOP spared by Isaac! NOLA prolly f—– again!”

  8. With luck the hurricane will spare everyone. If we wonder why God sends hurricanes to one place and not another, we’ve got a lot of other questions of fairness to ask the Supreme Being.
    Having seen New Orleans through our friend Don Francis’s eyes after Katrina, having seen house after house reduced to sticks and rubble, I wish that on nobody.
    Still, seeing Junk Mail King Karl Rove float out to sea on a hurricane shutter, the sharks finning away from him in disgust…

  9. Newt says:

    Yahoo News fires David Chalian

    By DYLAN BYERS | 8/29/12 1:26 PM EDT

    TAMPA, Fla. — Yahoo News
    has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO.

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