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GOP considers delaying convention

Tropical Storm Gustav is forecast to hit U.S. next week as hurricane

Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast, and possibly New Orleans, as a full-force hurricane early next week.

The threat is serious enough that White House officials are also debating whether President Bush should cancel his scheduled convention appearance on Monday, the first day of the convention, according to administration officials and others familiar with the discussion.

For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina. A new major storm along the Gulf Coast would renew memories of one (of many) of the low points of the Bush administration, while pulling public attention away from McCain's formal coronation as the GOP presidential nominee.

(Read the poem)

Devotion in the ever darkening climate. Our
Spirit. This time’s consideration. The will
Of the people. Love. Fairness. Choice. Tyranny.
This time’s reflection. History’s christening.
Now. This time. Now. At present,
Before us, in our ready throats, such standing courage.
High in the air and underneath the feet.
Our moment. Our time. Our history. Our
And the stroke of the clock and the quickening sea
And the pace and the face of our pale and dark occurrence
And the call of our mother’s and father’s
Mislaid chance.

Our backs must hold this up, haul it onward and set
This day on course. This time. This
Moment. Child. Renewal. Birth. Joy
Swimming near the frame.
Hope of victory. Grasp the radiance
In our hands; the clear glow of expectation.
Ready now, like a vast breath in our storm.

© 2008 mrp/tpm

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