Or at least, if not a definition, it’s a very good, almost illustrative example of irony in action.
First, there’s this:
A Christian fundamentalist group is praying for a deluge to drown out Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in two weeks’ time.
Focus on the Family is asking for “abundant, torrential” downpours to flood Denver and silence Senator Obama when he accepts the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on August 28.
Then there’s this:
The US Republican party’s convention has been scaled back as nearly 2m people flee Hurricane Gustav, which is now nearing New Orleans.
It’s not necessary to specifically point out the irony here, is it?
I will say this, though. If there is a god, either all those prayers from his faithful somehow got delayed or garbled in transmission, or god is a Democrat. One with a wicked sense of humor. I watched the Democratic convention, and all the speeches and entertainment through the last day, culminating in Obama’s speech, and it didn’t look like there was a cloud in the sky. The only water from above that remotely threatened the convention was when the Fox News sky box was flooded by a faulty sprinkler system, and again, irony seems to have prevailed. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving news organization.
Sometimes irony can be so delicious.