Should politics be put on hold for Isaac?
An uprooted and fallen tree is pictured today in New Orleans.
August 29th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Should politics be put on hold for Isaac?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's a quandary. On the one hand, there is what's now Tropical Storm Isaac slowing laying waste to parts of the Gulf Coast.

Granted it's not Katrina take two, but there are hundreds of thousands of people without power, one 18-mile stretch of levee in Louisiana has been overtopped, and many people are losing their homes to the flood waters triggered by heavy rains and a massive storm surge.

On the other hand, Washington and the federal government are laying waste to the entire country - and we are fast approaching an election where some far-reaching decisions will have to be made by the voters.

The Republican convention is in full swing in Tampa, having been spared the brunt of Isaac. And President Obama is hot on the campaign trail trying to convince the country he deserves a second term.

The Republicans shortened their convention by a day out of concern for the storm. And next week - when the cleanup will be in full swing - the Democrats will convene their dog and pony show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The political business of the country is moving forward in spite of a rather large natural disaster impacting millions of our citizens. The temptation perhaps is to jump to the conclusion that the politicians are being insensitive. Perhaps all campaigning should cease out of consideration of the hurricane victims.

But the fact is Isaac ain't Katrina - not by a long shot. And the problems of the country probably deserve our undivided attention, Isaac or not. We're in big trouble here.

Here’s my question to you: Should politics be put on hold for Isaac?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Mel - Houston

    If we were told to go shopping after 9-11 why should we put a hold on everyday life because of a hurricane and a weak one at that.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  2. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It should, but it won't. Politicians have to get in their pleas for more money and blind support no matter what. How brilliant are Republicans that they would plan their convention during hurricane season, in a hurricane zone? Just another example of the poor planning and foresight you can expect from these guys.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  3. Curtis in philadelphia

    And drag this election process out even longer? Thanks, but no thanks Jack.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  4. Bob D Iowa

    A join trip needs to be made to see what is happening and explain what they will or would do to help the people and businesses.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  5. Deb in MT

    Why should such an unnatural disaster as the GOP convention be put on hold for a natural disaster?

    August 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  6. jk in MN

    No – but they need to be sensitive to the ones in harms way and not joke about the hurricane being good because it keeps their opponent out of the area. I think the parties need to have serious sensitivity training.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  7. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I have not been watching the Republican convention. I am more interested in watching what is going on in New Orleans with Isaac. That is why I tune into the weather Channel. Somehow it just doesn't seem quite right to listen to people badmouth our president when lives are at stake in New Orleans

    August 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  8. Pat in Michigan

    Why when they are both Blowhards?

    August 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  9. BrainTurnedOff

    Of course it should. That way the politicians can pretend to care and at the same time enjoy an evening at the strip club – which also boost the local economy.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  10. Pete in Georgia

    I think it should be the other way around. CNN has looked foolish spending hour after hour with the ridiculous raincoat clad reporters swaying in the wind in New Orleans wailing away how treacherous it all is. Look, this overkill is getting to ba a joke. Let people watch the weather channel if they want to watch it rain.
    There's serious business going on in Tampa to try to prepare voters to rid the world of the impostor now in the Whitehouse.
    Enough of the New Orleans overkill.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  11. david of Alexandria VA

    No, jack. it should have no effect on the political process going on this week . We seem to be getting enough coverage of the storm and the convention. The hurricane should not be used as a political foil I'd hate to see anyone chastising Obama for mishandling the emergency or someone taking potshots to the GOP for Bush's handling of Katrina. We have enough cheap shots in this campaign to go aroung as it is.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  12. Jim


    Isaac never had a chance. He's a gentle breeze compared to the hot air gushing around at the convention hall.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  13. Richard Texas

    Jack that would be like trying to stop a freight train with a Q-tip. It's not going to happen. You can not possibly be that naïve to think that political figures would ever care more about other people then their own carriers. A town being blown away by a hurricane is nothing more then a statistic or a talking point to them. Politicians will only use it to their benefit.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  14. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No. We could have a very busy hurricane season and we can't cancel the election because of it. Lets beat Romney now and get it out of the way. What you should be doing is asking people about Gary Johnson and see if you do how far Romney's numbers fall. This is especially the case after the fiasco yesterday afternoon.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  15. Paul From Austin Texas

    It should be at least on the back burner for now. Something like Isaac is much more improtant than listening to a bunch of blow hards that really have nothing of meaning to say. Why doesn't Romney and Obama send some of all the big bucks they get to some people in need from the ravage of Isaac.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  16. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    No. Let the politicians go on and tell us just how much control they want to have over the future of our countries path regardless of hurricane Isaacs path. How fitting that political egos are being dampened and usurped by mother nature.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  17. Eric

    Only by the affected governors and their disaster critical staff. There will unfortunately always be things like this happening and they have to multitask. Anything more would be just for show, i.e., politics and we need better than that.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  18. John from Alabama

    Jack: Politics should be put on hold until the hurricane passes Tampa. The Republican Governors from Louisiana and Alabama decided not to go to the convention. President Obama is monitoring the situation with Secretary of Homeland Security and F.E.M.A. as the Hurricane Issac comes ashore. The hurricane is west of New Orleans, which is the worst place it could have hit. Hurricane Issac is a rain maker, which is dangerous, but the people in Indiana and Illinois will get between 2 and 6 inches of rain. Some people need rain and some will cuss about it.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  19. Ed from MD

    Putting politics on hold for a hurricane makes no sense to do, perfect for the political arena, yes absolutely.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  20. Lee in Wyoming

    "Should" is not the operative word. In some places it will, in some places it won't.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  21. Ann from Charleston SC

    What would be the point? Actually there seems to be some kind of poetic justice that Isaac arrived just in time for the Republican National Convention.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  22. Mark in Topeka

    It's a judgment call, but I think the RNC has done a good job with this. Some of the Gulf Coast politicians have stayed on the job and that is great! It seems too early for President Obama to visit the area, but he is undoubtedly monitoring the situation closely as well.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  23. Pete in Florida

    Too late, Jack. Starting as far back as Monday, Louisiana Republicant Governor Bobby Jindal has already used federal government preparations for Hurrican Issac as an excuse to attack Obama (despite Obama Adminstration responses to ALL emergencies over the past 3 and 1/2 years being exceptional, especially when compared to the Bush Administrations failures in this regard), and other Repugnantcans quickly followed suit. Since they have no solutions to anything, all they can do is attack Obama on EVERYTHING, EVERDAY.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  24. Cee.La.

    I dont think so Jack....the politicians in Tampa dont have anything in the way of help to offer anyway....just more hot air, and we have plenty....already.......Thanks .......

    August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  25. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    the politica should be put on hold BUT it won't be. IF the FEMA response is better than with Katrina, the Democrates will try to play it as "SEE, WE did a better JOB" while IF it's another total wreck for New Orleans then the Republicans will say "SEE it WASN'T Bush's FAULT" and the government CAN'T do ANYTHING.

    unfortunately in a Presidential election year, EVERYTHING is about POLITICS

    August 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  26. Brandon from NC

    Its one of the show must go on type of events, prayer goes out to the folk in La. and Ms. It sad that neither event get the coverage and attention that is needed. So no politics shouldn't be put on hold but I think Issac has really messed up any chance of the GOP closing the age, race, and gender gap which the RNC was supposed help close.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  27. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    We need to get it right this time. We failed the people of the Gulf miserably after Katrina. No photo ops are needed for the governors, mayors, head of FEMA, head of Homeland Security, or the President. We need action by a team of workers to help the affected people get things put back together. Bring on the National Guard, volunteers, and all who will help. We are nation that is better than the response 7 years ago.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  28. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Watching news of Hurricane Issac has been exciting then the GOP convention, it suck!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  29. calaurore9

    If only they were addressing our problems at the conventions. Instead, they are infomercials and bio-fictions. The people on the Gulf will not suffer more or less if conventions go forward. Local Governors and responders are more important, and they are there.

    Carol In Northampton, Ma

    August 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  30. Linda, St. Louis

    Depends on the severity of the hurricane and the potential for injury, death and/or severe property damage. Issaic sure looks different from Katrina. President Obama is on top of the storm from the federal perspective and Bush and Brownie is off into inept oblivion. A Democratic President and Mayor working in concert is what we needed all along.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  31. Bryan - Colorado Springs

    No, because the GOP is the party of No.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  32. RickFromDetroit

    NO! The Show Must Go On!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  33. Ed in Sacramento

    No. Ok, to make it a bit longer in the hopes of making your broadcast....Heck No! 🙂

    August 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  34. Renee, Illinois

    I know this is probably a tired old refrain but when are we going to learn to stop building on sub-sea level land? All that money spent on levees would have been better spent on affordable housing a little further north on lands that won't flood. Either party willing to do that would be in a much better position to argue the politics of natural disasters. Of course, that would mean addressing the actual problem instead of just pointing fingers and no one in Washington seems capable of that – the overlying problem of all our politics. The only thing that gets put on hold are workable solutions.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  35. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    Politics should be put on hold permanently, Jack, and replaced with some form of governance and leadership.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  36. Gigi Oregon

    Not really...actually it's better left to simply repeat weather conditions across the bottom of the screen. It's not necessary to repeat noise about the weather that take hours to happen repeating same pictures every 15 min or less. It just forces us to turn the TV off. Most headlines are so annoying at the continues same old, same old...news. Even the coverage of the election is over done with continued same old coverage. A waste of good old breathing time. We need to get up and go out and take in the last days of summer spelling the last roses of summer. We would all probably feel a lot better. Just my humble opinion.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  37. Paul in NC

    Not politics overall but most definitely the conventions. These have become nothing more than poorly themed reality shows. The ill winds blowing in Tampa last night will cause far more destruction across our nation than Isaac brought ashore last night. And the Democratic wing ding will be nothing more than a reafirmation of the obvious. Most people who voted for Obama in 2008 will do so again. Likewise the people who voted against him. Both parties would be better served if they put all that money and effort into something productive; like attack ads.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  38. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely not Jack - let's get it over with and the sooner, the better. Hurricaine, avalanche, typhoon, hail, rain, floods, or even a fire storm shouldn't delay the conventions. Let's get 'em over once and for all. November 6th can't come soon enough for me. Politicians suck.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  39. David Doherty

    Yes Jack it should be put on hold, but it won't be, I'm sure CNN will continue it's 22 hour a day coverage and use the remaining 2 hours to tell us whats happening in the rest of the world, ya know the stuff that really matters! It's amazing how some loser can give a five min. speech and the media can get 20 hours of coverage out of it. And people have the audacity to ask whats wrong with this country.
    dave from NH.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  40. Don Hornick

    It is not a good idea to minimize the tragic situation impacted by Isaac. I am disappointed that you use your "neutral" forum to enhance Romney's quest to be President. The country is in an economical mess but it has been long before our current President took office. Romney has his strengths, but our challenges go way beyond the economic challenges we face. Our current President has demonstrated strong leadership throughout the world, including the United States on a multitude of issues and challenges. To more pointedly answer your question – we should be sensitive to the Isaac situation and trend carefully through the political process.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  41. Ben from Boston


    If we put politics on hold, how will it help the people affected by Isaac? Or how will it affect the political processes of the convention? If there isn't much effect, probably shouldn't.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  42. Mark......in Houston

    Should politics be put on hold for Isaac?
    Of course not....
    The new Republican party hasn't done anything for four years Jack, and now you're asking if they should possibly multitask?
    Any political party who's concerns are for the betterment of this country would and could. This new crop however isn't interested in that. When they say "Take Back America" what this new lot means is .... get rid of this the current occupant at any cost and replace him with a wealthy grey haired White guy. Until they can do that, don't expect them to focus on the country's needs, hurricane or not.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  43. Mark

    Hurricanes are part of life in that part of the world. No we shouldn't stop the political process for a storm. It's not the end of the world, those people are use to this way of life. Move on....

    August 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  44. Thom Richer

    Mr. Cafferty,

    No. Politics should be put on hold until November 5th.

    Negaune,, MI

    August 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  45. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    No, no, no! Let’s get it over with ASAP. I can’t stand wall-to-wall coverage of everything political. None of it is new. None of it matters. It doesn’t make any difference who wins; we get screwed, the rich get richer. We don’t need anyone to rub our noses in it 24/7 until November.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  46. Becky, Charlotte, NC

    Unfortunately, we cannot afford to suspend things affecting all of the country for one section of the country. Although, I personally feel that what is going on in Tampa is nothing but fake speeches and promises that will not be kept. If you are among the wealthy, you will vote for Romney and why not? After all, his support will be to the wealthy, because he doesn't have a clue to what the middle class people go through worrying about how they are going to pay their bills and keep food on the table. Others who will vote for him are the masses of Christians who think that Republicans are the only Christians there are. I personally will vote for Obama, because I honestly feel he cares about the middle class and is sincere. I am a Christian too and Christians look out for their fellow man, regardless of their faults and don't worry about whether they really need it or not. It is in giving that we receive.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  47. Eva

    Don't you think with so many people out of jobs, both parties need to realize that you can't build an enocomy with so may jobless people? Isn't this simple math? Create jobs and guess what? the economy starts to move again. I'm not going to vote this year, because it seems like who ever wins, my life will remain the same. I voted for Obama last time, but sure about this year

    August 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  48. DaleW in Lowell MA

    In today's divisive environment, politics should be put on hold for people crossing the road. However, we all know how good the republicans are at managing natural disasters (other than their candidates). Think about it, if Bush had managed Katrina half as well as Romney managed shoving himself down the throats of moderate republicans...
    I'm very fearful of any disaster whether man made (oil spills etc) or natural (hurricanes, volcanoes, floods, earthquakes, drought etc) that occurs in the next republican administration whenever that happens. With Ryan pulling the plug on relief funds or inept management, spin and what not.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  49. Cres from Florida


    When you consider what little has really been accomplished politically in this country for too darned long, it's safe to
    say the politics has been on hold. Maybe Isaac will rattle a few of the politicians into real problem solving and action.
    Then again, maybe not too.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  50. Susan - Laguna Hills

    I feel sorry for people who are suffering from the natural disaster but I don't think politics should be put on hold. After all, politics do impact directly or indirectly about how government responses to disasters.

    Susan – Laguna Hills

    August 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  51. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Of course not, Jack – since public officials in states affected by Hurricane Issac will leave the convention to tend to their constituents. But before they depart, it might be useful to ask those small government red staters in Mississippi why their state ranked last out of 50 in a building codes study of hurricane-prone states

    August 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  52. John Weathers

    What good could a politician do? Couldn't see any of them being good at playing Moses

    August 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  53. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    We can make light regarding which is the real disaster for the United States, hurricane Issac or Political blowhards. Issac will affect a few states severely but politics will affect all states terminally. First the constitution will be blown away (already in shreds) then bit by bit, chunk by chunk...our assets. But in the meantime the hurricane will be used to brag about programs dedicated to mitigate damage from the storm such as fema etc. etc ad nauseum. In a few days we shall see how it all plays out.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  54. Perkins, Deluth

    Well politics certainly wasn't put on hold for hurricane Katrina, Jack. Just ask Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  55. Bryan - Colorado Springs

    No as in GOP party of No, No healthcare, No social security, No Taxes for the Wealthy, No regulations on anything, No honesty, No

    August 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  56. Nathan Kerr - Flint, MI


    Why should we put Hurricane Obama on hold for Hurricane Isaac? Both are equally destructive to the Republic.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  57. Stephanie in Seattle

    No, but I think we should hear more about it during the convention. I wonder if there were tornados in the midwest if we'd be discussing this? If politics were put on hold EXCEPT during the conventions, they might get something done.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  58. Mr. D

    Politics should be put on hold, period. Tropical Storm Congress has stagnated and has generated too much wind for too long, and it has certainly rained on our parade.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  59. Terry

    Why not?!?!? Congress put everything on hold for two years now just cus the other guy has cooties....

    August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  60. Fre Sanders

    The electorate is capable of paying attention to two things at once. Try it for once, media.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  61. Tom Barrister

    "Politics" should be put on hold permanently. Since that won't happen, Running the country should at least come first, before all of the bipartisan bickering, backroom dealing, finger-pointing and jockeying to get votes. After all, our elected officials are supposed to serve us, not themselves and their interest groups.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  62. Doc in Tampa

    I question the timing of your question now that the RNC is over and the DNC is underrway.. in short a President must be able to mutli-task..

    August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  63. Harold from Manhattan

    No, Jack, because then the hurricanes win

    August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  64. John M.

    Jack, if all politics could be suspended forever, my headache would likely go away. I've said it before, American politics equates to three year olds yelling over toys.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  65. Chuck

    NO we should not hold off on politics for people that were told to get out. If they decide to stay there and see if they can live through the storm and then get government subsidies so be it.... Seems like they are running a another welfare scam to me....

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  66. Name*Brian

    We keep bailing out people who choose to live in a flood zone. This country is drowning in debt-man the pumps in DC

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  67. C Marini

    As long as there is adequate government emergency response helping in New Orleans, I don't see a need to put politics on hold... however, if aid resources are not coming fast enough (as was the case with Katrina) the democrats SHOULD postpone their convention.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  68. Pete in Florida

    As gulf coast residents lose their homes and possessions to the storm, the GOP uses their entire convention to dishonestly attack a president who is busily HELPING the victims of Issac. Even CNN – Wolf just finished interviewing Jeb Bush, who used this as another opportunity to dishonestly attack and criticize Obama – another example of the Repugs NOT putting politics on hold during Issac (not to mention CNN). BTW, when did CNN become the place for Repug poltiicans and surrogates to spout lies, misinformation, spin, etc, without anyone calling them out when they "mis-speak" and/or ignore the facts. Let them speak, fine, but STOP letting them lie. Rebute and refute, or you're no better than FOX.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  69. Andy, Toronto, Canada

    Hurricane Katrina taught us that weather disasters are also part of politics. The response of FEMA and other government agencies were scrutinized and (hopefully) improved. Politics are going to be part of this event no matter what so you might as well embrace it to improve responses for the next Katrina or Issac.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  70. Steve D

    Why not. These snakes put politics on hold to go home for the holiday, to go on vacation. Its business as usual: clear my slate I'm going to play golf. Pass a fast vote that says we'll do this some other time and leave. The Washington Way. I'm surprised you haven't figured that out Jack.

    Steve D
    New Windsor Md

    August 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  71. JC in PA

    Very convienient Jack. Put the campaigns on hold right after the Republican convention but before the Democrats.
    Shameful, you as well as them. Your poiltics are showing. Tragic yes for the hurricane. Politics have become disgusting though. Live through it, it is who we are, or have become.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  72. Joe, Jacksonville, FL

    I think politics should be put on hold for Isaac, Sara, Bob, Ashley ... but more importantly Pernanently. I don't believe either side anymore 🙁

    August 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  73. Flolindy

    The convention should continue, but there should be mention of those fellow Americans who are in dire straits right now. And stop making jokes about this storm that is destroying American's homes and lives. Can they have some decorum

    August 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Louisa De A

    Yes, they both should be cancelled and the money that they raise should be donated to aid these people that have been impacted. Whether its Katrina or Isaac, it still displaced people from their homes. But, they won't, they want to win to become our next leader, and neither one of them seem to be good candidates.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  75. Alex, Rhode Island

    No, politics should not be put on hold for Isaac. Keep in mind, I'm saying this from a place not affected in a major way by the hurricane/tropical storm. It's all context.

    The fact is we are in one of the most important times in our history and the issues affecting many of us in this country need to be addressed (partisan politics, crushing debt, wars, unemployment, wacky entitlement system, etc.). Politics are a major vehicle for solving real problems RIGHT NOW and in the future.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  76. Eve, Shreveport, LA


    Seriously? Isaac may NOT be another Katrina, but to the people losing their homes, lives, and livelihood, and those of us in its path, it might as well be. And it ain't over until its over and the tallying begins! In some parts of Louisiana it's worse than Katrina! If you don't live there, you aren't affected. Conventions are not the cure for our problems but a staging event for would be Olympians. It amounts to Nero fiddling on the roof while Rome burns.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  77. Rebecca C

    Yes–if the parties were clever, they would put whatever money would have gone to lavish parties etc, and help the people who have been hurt by another natural disaster.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Patrick Christian

    Issac is certainly an event that requires the attention of our politicians, but not absolute attention. Putting the blinders on to address the hot topic of the day is not what I elect my representatives to do. Perhaps the real issue in DC is that our politicians focus too much on politics and too little on the issues. It's time to see them reach across the aisle, address all of our issues, and be less concerned about their reelection. Anyone who stands too firmly on the fundamentals of their party and is unwilling to compromise will not receive my vote!

    Patrick – Bothell, WA

    August 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  79. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    The campaigns must go on, time does not permit their rescheduling. But some decorum is in order, skip the carousing and visits to the many Tampa strip clubs, and a little less glee on screen. Same thing for next week's convention. However, it the new levees held and the new pumps kept working, and the Katrina style catastrophe was averted, the present administration deserves some credit for FEMA and other agencies being on site a week in advance, and the stimulus program helping to restore, and improve the flood infrastructure.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  80. Jacquie from NJ

    While it's devastating to watch the people of Gulf Coast suffer yet again, it wouldn't be wise to put the convention on hold. Too much money, including federal funds for security, have been invested in it so far. The real question should be, what storm is everyone watching?

    August 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  81. Name*Brian

    Blame it on Bush and let's move on.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  82. KB and JB central Florida

    No, should not on hold. If it had come here toward Tampa, probably would have -
    RNC and Tampa Mayor have handled this difficult situation with consideration for the people. The governors of the states involved are doing what they can. There were cut-aways for the weather on Fox News Channel AND CNN as well...
    someone said they are "not watching the conventiion, they don't want to hear the president being "badmouthed". If you'd been watching, you'd know that's the farthest thing from the truth. I don't think I've heard him mentioned by name one time–they've only spoken the truth – the economy/jobs/fuel prices/everything is in a crisis...... Obviously he "doesn't care what they say" - he "says" he is not watching and he's out campaigning (big surprise) – after making the 'obligatory' phone calls to get Federal disaster funds in motion.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  83. Mohit S

    This great country has faced many disasters, but none of them stopped politics. They did have have an effect on the tone in varying degrees and durations. Maybe this will be an opportunity to do the same in some fashion. Not token moments of silence. How about donating a tenth of the money spent by super PACS of each side?

    August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  84. Terence, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Did politics stop when disaster struck our economy? Did politics stop with the threat of damage to the country's credit rating? Hurricane Isaac is representative of the kind of leadership we can expect from Washington when disaster strikes. It seems they have forgotten who they are supposed to be working for. A self licking ice cream cone best discribes what they do.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  85. Brian Smith PhD - San Diego CA

    If we put off politics for any reason it is just another excuse for the politicians to kick the can down the road and avoid facing the tough stuff.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  86. Ruby, Atlanta

    What would be the point? This is a critical time for our nation. Life goes on. There is coverage of Isaac and emergency responders doing their job. I'm not sure why people didn't evacuate, it isn't as if they didn't know for days that Isaac was coming. We're all continuing with our personal lives, we aren't stopping work or any other task why should anything stop?

    August 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  87. Fred Sanders

    The lack of and adequate sea floodwall in the most seaward areas of New Orleans is the cause of the isolated flooding.
    It would have required about $4 Billion, the cost of an aircraft carrier.
    Issac means "he who laughs", from the Hebrew.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  88. Doug Ericson

    I think the Rebuplicans would be doing their Party a favor if they cut the convention short. Authorities havn't even got to some of the most heavily flooded areas, and it is likely the death toll is going to be severe. Several States will experience floods over the next couple of days adding more misery. The business of Nominating Romney and Popeye is already over with. The remaining speakers are a bore. End it now. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  89. David

    You know Jack you bring up a really interesting question. It would be nice to see both groups setting aside the campaign rhetoric and doing something useful, but the reality is this will most likely become just another talking point for both sides to use to further their agenda's.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  90. #1-Fan-N.C.

    It's business as usual! Isaac hit the Gulf Coast then gas prices go up big deal. But God forbid something happens in Israel. That's when they'll suspend campaigns and make heart felt speeches. With that being said I'm still voting for Obama in November. Keep telling the brutal truth Jack!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  91. Steve,NY

    The Press is spending too much time on Issac. Every channel you turn on it's Issac. To tell the truth it's the same old thing, you get tired of it. The press needs to get together and report on diifernt subjects. You got one weather channel that reports the weather 24 hours a day. Why do we need CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox to report the same old bull, maybe 12 hours a day. You see one you see them all. While when it comes to the convention and politics, you don't see the same interpretation.
    MSNBC, the worst, has their line of bull that is so obvious that you can't tell who's lying or who is telling the truth.
    CNN, NBC and Fox has their agenda that confuses the truth. So there you go, best answer on this blog.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  92. Bryan - Virginia

    They should absolutely not be put on hold, Jack. As you said Isaac is not even in the same ballpark of Katrina. I don't think this is another reason to call the Republican Party insensitive (because there are plenty of reasons already). Unfortunately, it has become a reflex for liberals to be quick to judge the Republicans on everything they do. On the other hand, it also goes the other way. All in all, the media is covering Isaac well enough, and the RNC convention doesn't take away from its exposure. Otherwise, they are two completely separate events, and I care more about learning about how people are going to fix this country than I do about a storm that is barely a hurricane.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  93. elizabeth

    Put on hold for Issac? no, but eliminated because it's useless and annoying? Y.E.S. Politicians think they can fool us. They are all liars. They are all out of touch with the working/middle class. Everytime I see a commercial with a politician claiming blah, blah, middle class, I want to throw up. They have NO clue what it is to be middle class. Donm't even try to convince me they do.Every politician is completely out of touch with the regular working US citizen. Republicans and Democrats alike. What would happen if NOONE voted in Nov. Not one single vote. Does the constitution cover that? Sick of A.L.L. of it.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  94. jimlambert

    Is it a coincidence that Isaac became a hurricane only as it approached Tampa given it takes lots of hot air(vis-a-vis the Republican Convention) to fuel such a storm–would it have become a Cat. I or bigger if they had not suspended Monday's warm wind??>!!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

    Congress was put on hold as soon as President Obama was elected. Remember, the Republicans wanted to make the President a one term President. They, along with the Tea Party Congress, put politics on hold in 2008.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  96. K.M. King

    I did not hear any of the speakers at the Republican Convention express a word of concern or show any compassion toward the folks dealing with Issac. They coldly ignored it during their speaches. It would have shown some feeling for those less fortunate if they had said a few words of: "We're praying for those in the path of Issac." Oh, well.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Peter in Ottawa

    Should politics be suspended? Most definitely not. There is no 'spare time' left.

    I consider the American decision of who leads this economy, in this election, to be the most critical in my lifetime.. Our hopes and dreams will all be driven by the resulting decision – with one foot already over the cliff of financial ruin.

    I can't vote, but I plead with all US citizens to take the time to qualify yourself with facts – know what's your choice and why. Talk about it, listen and consider.

    Get out and vote. But most of all, support with vigor the one that wins. Partisanship has no place after your decision is made. This ship tragically sinks if everyone is not pulling in the same direction.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

    Life goes on and the affairs of state continue, whatever the weather may do. So, no, politics shouldn't be put on hold for Hurricane Isaac. However, it would be nice if politicians would take the hurricane as a sign of what happens when the wind blows too hard! Tone down the rhetoric, Republicans, and return to the temperate zone!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  99. AmandaKay

    No politics cannot be put on hold because the election is too close to the time of the conventions. Postponing such a large event is not really feasible & it is a terrible coincidence these two things happened at the same time. It's not like stopping the convention would mean all the GOP would run over to the LA Gulf and help so whats the point in stopping? Let the professionals do there jobs to help and let the politicians do as much of there jobs as they ever do spouting around on a stage shouting whatever rhetoric they think will appeal to a voter this week.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  100. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    They did not stop the operations of the government in any of the wars we have fought. Why should we let some rain hold up a little convention. Because they put the location in the Gulf during HURRICAIN SEASON? Naw. We already had our hip waders on to wallow through all the BS. We are prepared for what ever nature can throw at us.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  101. Doug

    Jack, certainly our fellow citizens being affected by Isaac would no sooner have us postpone a political convention than they would WWF broadcasts. They are both, after all, just pro wrestling. We all take a chair to the head while the referee looks the other way.....

    August 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  102. Don Lamprecht

    You are correct Jack, Isaac is no Katrina, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu is no Ray Nagin, and Governor Bobby Jindal is no Governor Kathleen Blanco.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  103. Fred Sanders

    Plaquemine's Parish is the worst area it seems so far. The good Parish with the funny name is truthfully just too darn close to the bayou. We should listen to Mother Nature when She speaks.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  104. Mia

    Maybe if this were a swing state we'd see politicians crawling over each other to "support" them.
    : )

    August 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  105. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Putting hurricane Isaac front and center won't stop politics, we've seen it in the past during Katrina resulting in a political storm and the people were forgotten.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  106. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    No Way Jack ! I've been waiting a long time to watch the ,racists,bigots,liars and hypocrits take the stage, I'd hate for their little moment to end before its time. Lets all just sit back take notes on the sickness and the spewing lies by the Republican party. Please more crowd shots, we should all be aware of these people that are planning to do our country in. Lets hope one of them mentions something about Obama's breaking his promise to end Scotter Libby Justice, oh that just might conflict with own White Collar Crimes. The biggest hurricane that ever hit our country was Bush/Cheney, bringing death, destruction and our current economic situation, then complete obstructionism by the same party. Lets watch the lying Republicans, they are more dangerous than any hurricane could ever be.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  107. Fred Sanders

    Because the media seems incapable of multitasking they assume their viewers also can not.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  108. gilles mauviel

    Jack you should talk about the rich getting richer on the rest of the people by making excess profits on disasters like, hurricanes, tornados; if we get sunamis like Japan in FLORIDA WELL GOOD LUCK

    August 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  109. Jeanie, Ohio

    What's the chance of putting politics on hold until the week before the election? Think of the peace and quiet!! No negative commercials on radio or TV, the telephone being quiet.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  110. Mr. Bobby

    Yes the focus should be on americans who are losing homes to hurricane Isaac. Politics can wait if Romney claims he love american people so much it would show he's not the morron I thought he was.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  111. Bob

    Too bad politics couldn't be put on hold permanently, not because of a hurricane, but because politics is a waste of time, emotion, and financial resources. Politics and ideologies don't solve problems, create meaningful jobs, or create new technologies and industries, but soak up huge financial resources that could be better spent on useful enterprises. Dopes and slime find wealth in politics – but the wealth generally ends up in overseas bank accounts, most likely. Also too bad the hurricane isn't stronger and better targeted – would love nothing more than to see the entire republican convention blown several hundred miles offshore and sinking below the waves.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  112. Michelle, Astoria, OR

    No, only if people's safety is at risk. If we want any hope for our future, we need to learn who Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are! A lot of my democrat and Independent friends have paid a lot closer attention to this election. The RNC Convention is a good place to hear their messages and they've decided to support Mitt Romney!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  113. Fred Sanders

    Because Anderson and Cooper and others are covering Issac, does this mean Wolf has total control over the Convention coverage? The GOP could not have anticipated that, or Wolf, or CNN.
    Issac, in the Hebrew, is "he who laughs".

    August 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  114. Gonfis

    We're in a country awash in debt and negligent leadership. It asks questions just like CNN.........Isaac or convention??? Really, let's get some adult competent leaderhip in the White House, stop the spending, control the size of this government and its outrageous overreaching, then we can discuss all the tripe CNN finds interesting.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  115. Bob Gimbi

    Thats the dumbest thing I ever heard, so if it snows 5 inches where I live, lets not go to work, and put everything on hold!
    Such is not the way any of us lives. Of course we all care and pray everyone is safe during any hurricane.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  116. neal

    wow...MORE press for ISAAC..and the gas prices going up...how about some coverage on the gas price speculation jack?!?...and to answer your question.
    ..no matter how much we'd like it to be put on hold....politics will NEVER be put on hold.
    there will always be a slogan..or a phrase..something to swing a vote...and to win the next race!!!

    btw. Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  117. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Since Isaac did not hit Tampa, the convention will go on, mutted but still in progress. As I watched some of the speakers last night, I wondered in this age of 24 hour television coverage where we know a great deal about the candidates and their followers, what is the purpose of the conventions? Before television, we knew only what we read about those running for office and perhaps we needed the conventions to inform us, but now there seems to be total exposure at all levels every night on television. I feel Mrs. Romney is a good woman and loves her husband, but that has nothing to do with his ability to lead the country. Chris Christy is an exceptional man but his promotion of himself was a little much. Perhaps we will see him again further down the road. Nothing I have seen or heard has changed my mind in any way. I expect the same will come about with the Democratic convention. Who I award my vote to comes from accumulated information over the years as to who best expresses my ideas of how this county should be goverened. My vote will go to the best hope of this county, President Obama.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  118. Burbank

    I don't think it should be put on hold and I DO think that the people that stubbornly disobeyed the mandatory evacuation order should be billed for the cost of their rescue. It's not fair to the taxpayer. Maybe you can't fix stupid, but you can hold them financially responsible for it.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  119. Kevin in CA

    Depends how important ratings are to you – disaster sells.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm |