How bad could things get for the Republican Party? First, Hurricane Issac (note the Biblical name) forces the cancellation of the convention’s first day in Tampa.
Next, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin shows up in Tampa to meet with RWer activiists. This comes after he shot a metaphorical bird to Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. They wanted him out of his Senate race and as far away from Florida as possible after his “legitimate rape” comments last week.
Finally, Charlie Crist, Florida’s former Republican governor, endorses Obama in the Tampa Bay Times. What an insult, just as all those GOPers are arriving in town. It starts out with praise for the president, then concludes with some body blows at those who pass themselves off as Republicans these days:
As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.
But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.
The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.
They say that trouble comes in threes, so maybe there won’t be any more laugh-a-minute embarrassment for Republicans and their convention.
But I wouldn’t bet on that. It hasn’t even kicked off yet!