Two storms, one literal and one metaphorical, top the OT today. Akin-gate continues to rage, as Todd Akin, the GOP candidate once though of as having a solid shot of taking a Democratic Senate seat, has battened down the hatches to weather a fire storm of criticism and calls to drop his bid. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney added his voice to the fierce gale calling for Akin to withdraw.

The second storm is a real doozy and is posing an ominous threat to the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week:

Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to become a hurricane later this week as it moves west-northwestward, touring the northern Caribbean with squalls of heavy rain, gusty winds and rough seas.

AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists anticipate the storm curving to the north later this weekend into early next week.

Exactly where Isaac makes this turn will be a key for the track and severity of impact on Florida and the southeastern United States during the week of Aug. 27.

The overall size of the system by then will also determine how far-reaching the effects of the tropical storm or hurricane will be.

Finally, could an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear research facilities be this election’s October Surprise?

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Since the deadline has passed for him to drop out. and nobody else can get on the ballot since July 30th, we are stuck with him. That means we lost that chance at a Senate seat.

    • Packers

      Reminds me of Delaware, Alaska, Nevada.

      • Anonymous

        Pinky cheated in Nevada.

      • Anonymous

        It sure does, Packers. Electing unelectable candidates on the primaries simply because they meet some ideologically pure litmus test while ignoring the candidate’s political flaws is dumb and painful to watch.

        • German Observer

          But in this case, Brian, Akin is not the Tea Party candidate.

          Additionally, if you are really honest, doesn’t Akin’s view in large parts reflect what the whole party thinks? Didn’t the Republican’s house members sign a bill, which redefines rape as “forcible rape” (pretty close to “legitimate rape”, isn’t it?), which in turn would have meant that the rape of a drugged or mentally
          impaired woman, or any rape where the rapist did not use physical force would not have been considered rape.

          The Republicans are going to have an according part in their party programm, which is to be passed in Tampa. I think Akin is not that alone as one likes to think.

          • Alaina

            No, Akin’s views do not reflect what the whole party think.
            Akin said that women have a natural mechanism for preventing pregency when they are raped (against their will), which is absolultely ridiculous.
            The bill that was passed in the House defined legitimate rape so that public funding would not be used for abortions resulting from statutory rape (such as when a 16 year old has consenual sex with a 19 year old). The term “legitimate rape” has been taken out of context by the media… it has nothing to do with a women’s mental state, only their consent.

          • Anonymous

            The Republican Party is a pro life party. Anyone who votes on that particular issue has already taken a position and a side. Akins remarks were just dumb. Let us not forget which candidate running in this race actually supported legislation that would deny born alive aborted babies the right to medical attention. If Obama wants to focus on who has a more “extreme” position on this issue I highly welcome that discussion. The truth is I watch and read politics for hours at time and I ad never heard of Todd Akin until his goofy remarks.

            On a side note. Unemployments is still at 8.3% and the annua deficit is still $1.2 Trillion. Just in case anyone has forgotten from all this Akin talk.

  • Anonymous

    Since the deadline has passed for him to drop out. and nobody else can get on the ballot since July 30th, we are stuck with him. That means we lost that chance at a Senate seat.

    • Packers

      Reminds me of Delaware, Alaska, Nevada.

      • Anonymous

        Pinky cheated in Nevada.

      • Anonymous

        It sure does, Packers. Electing unelectable candidates on the primaries simply because they meet some ideologically pure litmus test while ignoring the candidate’s political flaws is dumb and painful to watch.

        • German Observer

          But in this case, Brian, Akin is not the Tea Party candidate.

          Additionally, if you are really honest, doesn’t Akin’s view in large parts reflect what the whole party thinks? Didn’t the Republican’s house members sign a bill, which redefines rape as “forcible rape” (pretty close to “legitimate rape”, isn’t it?), which in turn would have meant that the rape of a drugged or mentally
          impaired woman, or any rape where the rapist did not use physical force would not have been considered rape.

          The Republicans are going to have an according part in their party programm, which is to be passed in Tampa. I think Akin is not that alone as one likes to think.

          • Alaina

            No, Akin’s views do not reflect what the whole party think.
            Akin said that women have a natural mechanism for preventing pregency when they are raped (against their will), which is absolultely ridiculous.
            The bill that was passed in the House defined legitimate rape so that public funding would not be used for abortions resulting from statutory rape (such as when a 16 year old has consenual sex with a 19 year old). The term “legitimate rape” has been taken out of context by the media… it has nothing to do with a women’s mental state, only their consent.

          • Anonymous

            The Republican Party is a pro life party. Anyone who votes on that particular issue has already taken a position and a side. Akins remarks were just dumb. Let us not forget which candidate running in this race actually supported legislation that would deny born alive aborted babies the right to medical attention. If Obama wants to focus on who has a more “extreme” position on this issue I highly welcome that discussion. The truth is I watch and read politics for hours at time and I ad never heard of Todd Akin until his goofy remarks.

            On a side note. Unemployments is still at 8.3% and the annua deficit is still $1.2 Trillion. Just in case anyone has forgotten from all this Akin talk.