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Monday GOP Convention Schedule Postponed Due to Anticipated BlogBash Hangovers and Approaching Hurricane …

Posted on | August 25, 2012 | 15 Comments

. . . but mainly, yeah, it was the hurricane:

Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that “the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th.”That move essentially postpones the activities of the first of four scheduled days of the convention. But Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that the details of the revised schedule were not yet settled, and could be announced as soon as Sunday.
“The Republican National Convention is going to take place. We know that we will officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan,” he said.

Ali Akbar and I learned the news this evening while we were attending a reception at the fabulous mansion where Sunday night the National Bloggers Club will be hosting Blog Bash.

The political ramifications were immediately obvious: With no official convention business Monday, Republicans will be free to party all night Sunday, and so this will certainly be the most off-the-hook Blog Bash in the history of off-the-hook Blog Bashes.

A little bit of actual news: I called one of my sources with the Romney campaign and suggested we get together, but he explained that he was “in the candidate’s hotel,” which is under a draconian security lockdown for the duration of the convention. Basically, you’ve got to give the Secret Service a DNA sample to get anywhere near Mitt’s hotel.

Also, I had an interesting conversation — and by “interesting conversation,” of course, I mean dreadful embarrassment — at this evening’s reception while talking to the chairwoman of the convention’s Platform Committee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Someone at the reception had told me that the youngest member of the Platform Committee, a girl from Alabama, had gotten a lot of publicity, and so I asked Congresswoman Blackburn about this.

Eh . . . wrong question.

Exactly why this was the wrong question, I didn’t quite understand at the time, until I got back to our Ybor City condo and Googled the story:

[D]elegates to the Republican National Convention met [Thursday] in Tampa, Florida, to finalize the party’s platform on various controversial issues, including abortion, with the youngest member of the platform committee, Jackie Curtiss, 22, having the most to say.
Staunchly anti-abortion, Curtiss objected to an amendment to the platform banning medication “that terminates human life after conception.” The amendment aims to outlaw “abortion pills,” as they are sometimes called, which could, Curtiss worried, potentially include the “morning after pill.” Curtiss emphasized that platform needed to make it clear that the Republican party is welcoming to women, and that such extreme positions could be alienating. Curtiss was also the only person in attendance who referred to Rep. Todd Akin by name, despite the ongoing media attention devoted to his ignorant comments about “forcible rape” and incidences of pregnancy.
“I think it’s a huge issue. I think you can tell that by all the Republican candidates coming out in opposition to him,” she said. “We don’t need to get hung up on him, but we also don’t need to support policies that mirror his.”

My faux-pas in mentioning this to Congresswoman Blackburn was an error committed in honest ignorance, but my explanation won’t help me any more than Todd Akin’s explanations have helped him — which is to say, not at all. After embarrassing myself with this stupid gaffe, I sort of backed away apologetically and exited the room.

No point even trying to dig myself out of that hole, eh?

At any rate, let’s hope my dreadful blunder will be forgiven (if not forgotten) tomorrow afternoon when I cover the Her New View panel discussion at the Straz Performing Arts Center here in Tampa: Dana Loesch, Katie Pavlich, Rep. Blackburn, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will participate in the 5 p.m. event, and afterwards we’ll depart to Blog Bash.

Hurricane? Who’s afraid of a hurricane?