Isaac descends on New Orleans, bringing back memories of Bush for Republican convention

Seven years after Katrina, a hurricane heading for New Orleans makes a mess of Republican planning

Republicans are struggling to salvage their national convention as Isaac, a tropical storm that has recently been upgraded to a hurricane, hurtles towards New Orleans, The Guardian reports.

While Tampa Bay, the site of the convention, was spared the worst of the weather, Isaac’s descent on New Orleans exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina brings up unfavourable memories of the last Republican to hold the presidency. President Bush famously mismanaged the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and hundreds died and thousands were displaced in the aftermath.

Monday’s events were cancelled, and organizers have now said that the remaining days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – may also be disrupted or cancelled due to the incoming storm.

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