This just in via many news alert emails: The Republican National Convention will convene on Monday and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, due to severe weather reports regarding Tropical Storm Isaac:
Republican officials Saturday canceled most of Monday’s planned opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., bowing to concerns about the safety of delegates who were to gather as Tropical Storm Isaac barreled into the area.
The plan is to formally gavel the convention open, then recess until Tuesday. The most notable events of the convention will come later, capped with Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech Thursday night.
Romney’s wife, Ann, is scheduled to speak Tuesday and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Wednesday.
Isaac was headed on a track past Tampa toward landfall perhaps in the Florida Panhandle, but its trajectory was not clear Saturday. The storm was wide enough, however, that it was expected to affect much of western Florida.
For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.
What does take place will be held in a 19,500-seater, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and of course, some redecorating was in order.
So what did those geniuses, those meticulous planner-aheaders, those wizards of decor come up with? Why, they decided on a Frank Lloyd Wright look.
And that look will be scrutinized to the nth degree, just as Team Obama’s design was for their choice of Greek columns at the Democratic Convention:
As architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne of the L.A.Times puts it, “There are more than a few risks in going with Frank Lloyd Wright as your architectural touchstone. And I wonder how many of them the Romney campaign has fully considered.”
Silly Christopher, he must have forgotten that Willard Romney has a knack for ill-considered ideas:
[T]he stage will be crowded with large video screens framed in wood. Actually the “wood” will be made of vinyl and various laminates, but it’ll read on television as cherry, mahogany and walnut. [...]
For this particular ticket, the most obvious risk is the Ayn Rand connection. Wright was the chief inspiration for the headstrong architect Howard Roark, hero of Rand’s 1943 novel “The Fountainhead.” Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan, was long a devotee of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy.
Wait. No… really? Team Willard forgot to vet the architecture? Oops!
Paul Ryan’s hypocritical efforts to distance himself from Ayn Rand are laughable, as you can see from my most recent Blunt video:
This just keeps on getting better:
[W]hen Ryan steps behind the lectern to accept the vice presidential nomination next week, he’ll be sharing the stage with Rand’s ghost, a specter he has been trying to outrun for weeks. [...]
Romney’s team rejected an earlier version of the stage design — one without the Wright references — as too cold and detached…
Oh that’s rich, Willard doesn’t want to come off as detached.
So instead, the Ryan-Rand connection will be set in stone:
By venturing right into “Fountainhead” territory in Tampa, the Romney campaign is opening itself up to a critique of its own taste in architectural metaphor.
Tropical Storm Isaac and Ayn Rand… what inadvertently memorable guests! Talk about a high risk event!