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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Isaac’s path to irony: Putting Romney, GOP in spotlight?


The Republican standard-bearer. (Charlie Neibergall - Associated Press)
Conventional wisdom holds that Tropical Storm Isaac is stealing attention from Republican Party happenings in Tampa. But is it?

If you posit that stories contemplating the degree to which the storm is stealing the focus from the convention actually constitutes showering the convention with attention, then perhaps Isaac is boosting attention to the convention.

Samples of the Isaac-Romney spotlight paradox:

New York Times:

Tropical Storm Isaac is now projected to veer away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and toward New Orleans, but it still promises to take the spotlight/attention away from the convention to nominate Mitt Romney.

New York Times (second spotlight example):

At the very least, Mr. Romney’s image makers were coming to terms with sharing the news spotlight with the storm just as they were hoping their gathering would give their candidate the exposure he needs to surge ahead of President Obama.

NPR:

Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation’s attention on one name, but at this year’s Republican National Convention here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee’s.
The party hopes that by Tuesday, Isaac the soon-to-be-hurricane will have moved far enough away to let Mitt Romney the soon-to-be presidential nominee resume center stage. Beyond that, GOP planners hope the drama of the storm will lure bigger audiences for the convention broadcasts.

Miami Herald:

When Tropical Storm Isaac churned through the Caribbean and took aim at the Florida peninsula, it carried with it new risk and opportunity for Gov. Rick Scott.
The unpopular governor, who had been kept on the fringes of the Republican National Convention, suddenly was thrust into the national spotlight — not for hosting the Republican National Convention but for managing the storm.

Reuters:

The risk for Romney is that he could be robbed of some media attention - or worse, have images of convention festivities juxtaposed with television shots of the storm’s onslaught - if Isaac dominates the news this week.

CNN:

Tampa, Florida, was set to assume center stage in American politics as the GOP gathers there to nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s presidential nominee. But now the city and Republicans are sharing the national spotlight with Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast late Tuesday or Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Channelnewsasia:

The Republican convention began with a whimper on Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac reduced the gala opening of Mitt Romney’s party coronation to a symbolic session of less than two minutes.
It was supposed to be a raucous launch-pad for four days of carefully choreographed political theater. Instead, Isaac hogged the spotlight as it neared hurricane strength over the Gulf of Mexico and took aim at New Orleans.

Associated Press:

Television networks began juggling two major stories on Monday, still wondering whether Tropical Storm Isaac will cause them to divert a large amount of attention from the Republican national convention in Tampa.

AFP:

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was left waiting for the media spotlight on Monday as all eyes remained on Tropical Storm Isaac, threats of which had already cut into the crucial week-long Republican convention in Florida.

KABC:

The bad news is that Isaac may turn out to be far more powerful than first predicted. When it hits, wherever that may be, it could steal the attention from the RNC.

Discovery News:

Tropical Storm Isaac may pass them by, but organizers at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa this week anticipate protestors may also try and grab the media spotlight.

Proven: This convention will get publicity one way or the other. Fifteen thousand journalists will see to it.

By  |  05:21 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Tags:  rnclive, mitt romney, spotlight, gop convention, republican convention, tampa, mew york times, miami herald, cnn, afp

 
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