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. 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?