Isaac's Impact on GOP Convention Sparks Talk of God
Tropical Storm Isaac has already cost the Republicans one day of their convention. They cancelled Monday's proceedings for fear Isaac could pose a real danger.
Now the Republicans have stuffed most of their four days of convention activities into three.
"We'll have a compressed schedule," Republican spokesman Kevin Downey explained. "Some changes will have to be made, but we'll still have a great convention."
It all still ends with young Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who many consider the future of the GOP, revving Republicans up Thursday night. GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney will then follow Rubio, wrapping up the shortened event.
Officials are still working on what to do if Isaac deals a devastating blow further up the Gulf of Mexico, wiping out any desire for a grieving country to watch Republicans partying at their convention. It's a delicate matter.
Meanwhile, some are wondering if there's a divine hand at work in Tampa.
A Twitter firestorm erupted over Michigan's former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm's snarky Tweet about the Republicans.
"Convention delay due to Isaac: I guess God has ways to shut that whole thing down," she tweeted.
Tweeter Nathan Wurtzel shot back: "Like Michigan's economy?"
And Tampa conservative talk show radio host Bill Bunkley weighed in. "For anybody who's a liberal who's part of a party that would like to whitewash God out of America, it's amazing that she's acknowledging that God has any part in the storm. So that's the real laughable part of that comment."
But gratitude's been a predominant attitude in Tampa's Christian circles as it looks like the city will escape much of Isaac's wrath.
Rev. Jesten Peters is part of "Pray Tampa Bay," an effort to cover the party conventions in prayer. She says there's been plenty of prayer about Isaac in the last few days.
"We have had lots and lots of people praying around the clock that it would move. And if you watch from the very beginning where they were saying it was coming up and now where they're saying it's going, then it's really moved a lot for us, and we appreciate God doing that and moving it for us," Peters said.
Tampa resident Leighann Cosmo didn't invest much meaning in Isaac first coming at Tampa or later veering away. Because a lifetime in Florida has taught her this about hurricanes: "They wobble," she said.
Meanwhile, Isaac's outer bands are now lashing Tampa, the winds are whipping up, the waters are churning, and it's easy to see why residents are praying Isaac will indeed wobble away.
But Republicans may still have to deal with the storm even after it has left Tampa, Fla., behind.