Hurricane Gustav and the Republican National Convention
31 August 2008
Hurricane Gustav is churning in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to United States within the next few days. Political analysist have said that the storm could overshow the coverage of the RNC or give it a negative impression by showing the two events simultaneously.
Republicans and McCain have been considering options for the convention. One is to keep the covention exactly as planned and only doing minor alterations to the speaker schedule. Another option McCain mentioned to FOX News is that they may delay the RNC. If they do not delay the RNC, spokespeople have commented that they may turn it into a telethone to give money to the Red Cross and other organizations to help hurricane victims. As a political move I think one of these ideas is really good and the others really bad.
To continue on without paying attention to possible devistation in the southern part of the United States would hurt Republicans because it would make the people feel like they are being ignored. This would be especially problematic for the Republican party because southern states often lean toward the Republican side. This could lead voters to feel disheartened and vote for another candidate or not vote at all.
Delaying the RNC is a bad idea. I think it would show self centered motives on the part of the Republican party. It would show the Republican party as attention seeking and I think many people, not just Democrats, would speculate and attack them for that. Southern voters also might be upset that although the Republican party delayed the event, they then proceeded to go on with what many people consider a “celebration” instead of given added focus to assist people in the area where the hurricane hit.
The final choice, to make the RNC into a telethone is a great idea. This would help people feel like the Republican party is more connected to the average person and also to help blur some of the party lines. Donating to help fellow human beings, especially fellow Americans is something that both parties generously do. Also, by comparison the Republicans would make the Democrats and the DNC appear to be wasteful for spending money on a celebration while the RNC was to help raise money for needy Americans.
Hurricane Gustav could be devastating to the RNC, but through crafty ideas could be used to help both needy Americans and also gain additional support for the Republican party. It will be interesting to see if Republicans use Hurricane Gustav to their advantage.
For more information on possible RNC changes visit: http://news.aol.com/elections/conventions/republicans/article/gustav-may-alter-republican-convention/154340?icid=100214839x1208199597x1200493945