The weather has been an unwanted guest at both political conventions this political/hurricane season.
In Tampa, Republicans were forced to cancel the entire first day of their festivities due to hurricane Isaac. The final evening of the Democrat’s shindig in Charlotte had to be moved from a large outdoor venue back to the convention hall that was the home to the first two days of celebration and hippie kumbaya love hugs.
The Democrats had given out 60,000 complimentary stadium tickets to eager freeloaders, a characterization that pretty much describes everyone in the Democratic Party. The deeply disappointed celebrants were forced to go home and wait for their next welfare check or clutter up busy hospitals looking for cut rate medical care.
The state of Mississippi was an innocent bystander in all the politicking but didn’t escape some sort of biblical wrath, with Isaac turning up on the exact anniversary of hurricane Katrina’s arrival. A day later as many as 20,000 dead and bloating swamp rats began to float ashore, turning many areas into a fetid miasma.
In Charlotte, spirits were further dampened when it became clear that the traditional finale to these events, the balloon drop, had been set up in the stadium. There was serious doubt if more balloons could be found and rigged for a drop in the convention hall.
In a heartwarming gesture of bi-partisanship, Mississippi’s Republican Governor Phil Bryant has offered the swamp rats to the DNC. “They could drop the rats instead of balloons and afterwards hand them out to the poor instead of this month's ration of food stamps,” Bryant suggested. “It’s a win-win.”
When news of the plan reached candidate Romney he was said to have grinned from ear to ear and commented, “Now that’s what I’m talking about.”