If the projections are accurate, Tropical Depression #9 will become Hurricane Helene and touch down on Florida in the middle of next week—or, exactly on top of the Republican National Convention. Hurricanes, needless to say, are bad news for Republicans, as they tend to produce people in need of federal aid who can’t be written off as Takers. (Though the current GOP seems happy to define people who work for a living as Takers, so who knows.) Given that only one of the many elements of Paul Ryan’s budget that the GOP is trying not to publicize is the slashing of infrastructure funds by ten dillion percent—that would be the same infrastructure Floridians need to get the hell out of the way of the hurricane—this should get interesting real quick.
Those of you with long memories will recall that the 2008 Republican National Convention was also ruined by a hurricane. Back then, it just seemed like another bump on John McCain’s Wild Ride. But two hurricanes in a row suggest some divine force at work. It’s almost as if God is punishing the GOP for its response to something hurricane related.
By the way, should the Hurricane Hugo touch down, this blog will officially be running a pool to see how quickly a Republican operative accuses Democrats of politicizing the tragedy.