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More Hurt in Haiti Could Spare GOP

08/23/2012 01:00 pm ET | Updated Oct 23, 2012

Nearly a half million homeless Haitians face Isaac in 24 hours, but you'd never know it as the media and Republicans fret about the storm's threat to the party's national convention next week.

Indeed, Haiti could be the land obstacle that slows down Isaac enough to spare Tampa the worst. Will any thanks be offered, or help, or even a mention?

The biggest concern [is] Haiti. The capital city of Port-au-Prince, where some 400,000 earthquake refugees still live in tents and [sit] dead-center in Isaac's path. Beginning Friday, Haiti and the Dominican Republic could both see a foot or more of rain. Far less has historically triggered deadly flooding and mud slides. --- Miami Herald

But of course Tampa and the GOP are in a panic for what could be their fate in Isaac's wake.

Even the mayor, who stands to gain the most from a week of national focus on his city, says he might call off the Republican National Convention himself if a direct hurricane hit seems likely.

"Absolutely we're prepared to call it off," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN this morning. "I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that."

You have to wonder if the GOP might be better off. For starters, and thanks to their rape-gaffe Missouri Senate candidate, the party can expect extra attention on their planned platform stance against abortion in all cases, including rape. That essentially echoes troubled Rep. Todd Akin's argument for a blanket ban against abortion in all cases, no exceptions.

The television networks have dramatically scaled back coverage of conventions this year. Even Mitt's wife, Ann Romney, will not be on broadcast TV when she speaks. This leaves the conventions with nothing but their own partisans to reach on cable channels where few persuadable independents pay attention.

If Isaac steals the show next week consider it a wash for Republicans. So much of what they will say and do, while firing up the base, will likely scare independents more than a hurricane.

Craig blogs daily at craigcrawford.com