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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh thinks there may be something fishy about the National Hurricane Center's forecasting of Tropical Storm Isaac.
After initially predicting the storm would hit Tampa, the location of the National Republican Convention, the forecast changed, putting the tropical storm on a collision course with the city of New Orleans. This was only roughly an hour an a half after Republicans cancelled Monday's events, Limbaugh pointed out during his radio show on Monday.
To be clear, the host said a number of times that he was not peddling a "conspiracy" theory.
"I’m alleging no conspiracy," said Limbaugh. "I don’t want anybody thinking I’m going somewhere with this. I’m just telling you what happened. I’m telling you my thought process"
However, he said that the coincidences that occurred leading up to the first day of the RNC were just "unbelievable." Here's what Rush had to say on the subject:
Okay, 6:45 p.m. Saturday night the Republicans announce that they're canceling Monday. At 6:45 p.m. Saturday night, everybody is still under the impression that Isaac is making a beeline for very close to Tampa. It was an hour and 15 minutes later that the 8 p.m. model runs showed New Orleans. I'm alleging no conspiracy. I'm just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I'm telling you, it's unbelievable.
Limbaugh pondered whether or not the scientists were working on the new model, seemingly implying that they may have been able to warn the RNC not to cancel:
An hour and 15 minutes before the eight o'clock -- now, the eight o'clock model runs, that's when they're published. I don't know when they're actually run. Eight o'clock is when they're released. They could run 'em at 7:30, could run 'em at six. Hell, I don't know. That's one thing I don't know.
Limbaugh then went on to play a clip of The National Journal's Ron Brownstein who appeared on CNN Monday morning:
"We're now in a split screen mode. Our top story is understandably, justifiably is a hurricane perhaps hitting the gulf. This convention already has been affected enormously by the storm and will be the rest of the week. Test for the President too, if hits New Orleans seven years..." Brownstein said.
"Right, right," host Soledad O'Brien replied.
"...after President Bush failed that test," Brownstein added.
"A test where we've seen a track record before. Much to compare and contrast to," the host interjected.
And at this, Limbaugh argued that Democrats are going to force Republicans to "relive" Katrina and the perceived shortcomings of the Bush administration:
So you've got the Florida Republican guy talking about the convention, and he says, "Yeah, we want to get going here. We want to be able to spend the money we've raised. We want to get going explaining Romney and our agenda and our policies." And these guys all respond to it, "Oh, no, look, pal, you may not get it yet, but the rest of this week we've just guaranteed it's gonna be about Hurricane Katrina and Bush and how you Republicans didn't care about anybody, and FEMA didn't get there on time. We're gonna relive this whole thing...
What I spent the first hour trying to tell you was how it was being reported in a way that resulted in the Republicans canceling their convention today when it's nowhere near there. And that there were model runs Saturday night that showed Tampa was not gonna be hit at all, massive shift of models that was not reflected by the hurricane center for 12 hours. That's all I'm saying. And now we got the media jazzed like I haven't seen 'em in a while because now Hurricane Isaac is casting a pall. How dare the Republicans even do a convention with a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf coast. How do they even do that?
Listen to the entire Rush segment via the Daily Rushbo:
(H/T: The Atlantic Wire)