Big Wind

I do not wish bad, much less catastrophic, weather on anyone. But you do have to admit there’s something positively Old Testament about the prospect of a hurricane threatening a Republican Convention stuffed with self-righteous climate-change deniers, per AP:

National Hurricane Center computer models had predicted Isaac would become a hurricane over the next few days, meaning maximum winds must be at least 74 mph. Some models had the storm striking Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, after moving across Cuba or the Bahamas as early as Sunday morning.

Here’s a video of Republican delegates preparing for the possibility of a weather disaster. [A joke! A joke! It’s Porter Wagoner performing “Big Wind” at the Grand Ole Opry some time in the early 1960s, but check out the audience and the interviews at the end and you’ll see what I mean.]

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.