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Ghost of Katrina hovers over Tampa RNC



a4s_katrina082812a_237085c.jpgPOLITICO: The official message couldn't be clearer: The Republican National Convention will proceed this morning, period.

More quietly, Republicans have begun to whisper a grim word that sums up all their fears about the 2012 party gathering: Katrina.

No longer are GOP worries focused on the prospect of Tropical Storm Isaac striking Tampa and blowing up the party's plans to crown Mitt Romney as its nominee. There's still the possibility of logistical disruptions, but a meteorological mess doesn't appear to be in the offing here.

Instead, party officials and convention planners are increasingly anxious about a different and possibly more damaging scenario: a split-screen broadcast of Republicans partying in Tampa alongside images of serious storm damage in states such as Louisiana and Mississippi.

Some Republicans here worry the juxtaposition of events could revive memories of the disastrous 2005 storms — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — and the government's terrible handling of them.

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[Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 11:54pm]


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