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Gustav May Blow RNC Off Course

By Michael Abramowitz
ST. PAUL -- Republicans grimly monitored the progress of Hurricane Gustav today, with presumptive GOP nominee John McCain himself raising the prospect of some kind of alternative plan for the Republican convention if it appears the storm is landing early next week with the kind of force Hurricane Katrina had when it smashed into the Gulf Coast three years ago.

In an interview to air on "FOX News Sunday," McCain said that holding the convention while Gulf Coast residents suffer would be insensitive.

"I'm afraid ... that we may have to look at that situation and we'll try to monitor it," McCain said. "But you know, it just wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near-tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster. So we're monitoring it from day to day and I'm saying a few prayers too."

One possibility is for President Bush to address the convention by video instead of in person, as he is schedule to do Monday night, according to one senior GOP strategist. White House press secretary Dana Perino declined to discuss that possibility Saturday afternoon, saying only, "We're monitoring the storm, tracking it, and don't have a scheduling change to announce at this point."

A McCain adviser said "there's a lot of deliberation as to how we might adapt the convention to a natural disaster. Options have been developed." Another McCain campaign official said that among the ideas circulating would be to turn Monday's session into some form of charitable service for hurricane victims, perhaps even a telethon.

Even before it hits the Gulf Coast, the storm is already having an impact on the convention, which is scheduled to open here Monday night. Three GOP governors from potentially affected states, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, are staying home to cope with the hurricane, mindful of the public relations disaster that befell Bush when his administration was widely seen to have botched the response to Katrina.

Earlier today, Bush called Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Texas Gov. Rick Perry "to make sure the states were receiving all the assistance they needed from the federal government," said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. He said President Bush "pledged the full support of the federal government."

In a statement this afternoon, Republican National Convention President Maria Cino said: "Like all Americans, our prayers are with those who will be affected by Hurricane Gustav. We continue to closely monitor the movement of the storm and are considering necessary contingencies. We are in communication with the Gulf state governors to make sure the convention is taking all the appropriate steps as the Hurricane progresses. The safety of our affected delegations is our first priority and preparing for Gustav comes before anything else."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 30, 2008; 5:13 PM ET
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Posted by: 1lbufc91m3 | August 31, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin is nothing more than an inexperienced rightwing fundie creationist cheerleader.


"Dermot Cole, a longtime columnist for Alaska's second largest newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, called McCain's choice of Palin "reckless" and questioned her credentials. "Sarah Palin's chief qualification for being elected governor was that she was not Frank Murkowski," Cole said of her enormously unpopular predecessor, who lost favor with Alaskans in part because of unpopular budget cuts. "She was not elected because she was a conservative. She was not elected because of her grasp of issues or because of her track record as the mayor of Wasilla."

Full story here:
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-vice-presidential-candidacy-raises-eyebrows-/
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Posted by: Christy Willrett | August 30, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Just like with his decision to vote "YES" to pre-emptively invade Iraq, McCain has failed again with his VP pick.


The Anchorage Daily News samples some state politician reaction:

"She's (Palin) not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said [State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla]. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Full story here:
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/510249.html
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Posted by: LeeAnn Waters | August 30, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Who knows, maybe the Gustav/Hanna pair could be considered a Global Warming wake-up call to those in power within the Republican Party ?

Posted by: jralger | August 30, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Eight is enough!

Posted by: letsjustvote | August 30, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The most important thing that President Bush, and only President Bush, could and can do is to federalize National Guard troops from other states than Louisiana, and get them moving to staging areas ahead of the storm. he can also send Federal troops diorectly into the area, and if the affected areas need anything, it is probably Bradley Fighting Vehicles to serve as police control mobile shelters, since even 150 MPH winds won't overturn a Bradley turned nose into the wind. Mech and Armored units with MP's in Bradleys could be moving into whatever area gets hit as the hurricaine rages. George gets a chance to learn from Katrina.

My prediction is that he will take no effective action till perhaps Thursday, and then it will be far too little.

John will fume in private that George ought to do something, but George won't take his phone calls, asking him to do something.

Salvation is blowing in from Cuba in the form of Hurricane Gustav. It might have been redemption, of a sort, for George's reputation, but it will be the wind that blows the support out from under the Republican Party when their man does more or less nothing.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 30, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What is the big deal? George can just take his guitar and play a little diddly if the need arises.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 30, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Michael Moore evidentally isn't the only sicko cracking jokes about Gustav. Some democrats got busted on video doing the same thing, and it's being reported.
Truly compassionate people will now have a chance to see how hypocritically sinister democrats on the whole really are.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 30, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Now Mcbush is praying for a hurricane so he turn his pathetic convention into a money making venture for hurricane victims, which I'm sure will include only a "nominal" processing fee....LOL.

Posted by: pj451 | August 30, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

He's saying a few prayers.

Prayers for last minute divine intervention, presumably.

Here's an even better idea: instead of just praying, DO SOMETHING, and instead of the last minute, YEARS IN ADVANCE.

For instance, well before Katrina hit, there was ample information that showed the levees, barriers, and pumps were inadequate to prevent the storm surge from flooding New Orleans. What did we do about it? Specifically, what did McCain's hero, George W. Bush, do about it? Nothing!

For another instance, again well before the last minute, it was clear that unwise development was being approved that was gobbling up the wetlands that act as natural protection against the storm surge. Again, what did Bush and other elected officials of the Republic Party do about it? Nothing!

Now McCain wants last minute prayer.

I happen to believe that God is fine with us praying, but also fine with us DOING SOMETHING. Wouldn't hurt God's feelings at all. Likewise God doesn't need us to discover the problems at the last minute. He's fine with us anticipating them, solving them, preventing widespread death and destruction. In fact he likes that.

I have nothing against asking God's help, but I also believe that God helps those who help themselves.

What have we done to prevent another highly predictable disaster?

Specifically, what has McBush done?

Nothing.

Now he goes for last minute prayer.

Posted by: Jon | August 30, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

"If he had that power he would use it to crush to powder the Republican a--holes."

Man! That gutsy Anonymous virtually oozes Democrat compassion!

The closer we get to the McCain landslide, the louder these spineless weasels will squeal and the nastier they'll post until the world learns the lesson repeated everytime a pathetic democrat misses out on the Presidency-liberals are snivelling, whining losers.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 30, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Gustav? A message from God to America, reminding all of the Republican incompetence when Katrina hit. The same weekend, I think, so it must be a message.

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't really care about the GOP convention. We all should be praying that New Orleans doesn't get hit again.

Posted by: Patrick | August 30, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The solution is simple: why not have The Messiah Obama go to New Orleans, spread his arms, and the waters will part and Gustav will flee in fear.

Posted by: muskrat | August 30, 2008 6:17 PM

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If he had that power he would rather use it to crush to powder the Republican
a--holes

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

i don't wish anything bad for the louisianans, but what delicious irony it would be for a hurricane in new orleans to cause a national political convention to be canceled about as far away to the north as you can get. as www.straightrecord.com/randomrants notes, dwellers of fema trailers will have to evacuated, the louisiana national guard has to borrow helicopters from other states because its are in Iraq with its 360 air guard members, the man for the twin disasters of katrina and iraq was to speak on opening night, and finally, opening night was set for labor day even though it traditionally is a day celebrated by american labor, mostly union members whose rankes have been decimated by decades of anti-labor gop policy. what delicious irony, capped off by a candidate not normally known for compassion or sensitivity trying to explain it would be insensitive to hold a gala convention while gustav was causing damage so far away.

Posted by: jumpingelephant | August 30, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Gustaf will serve to remind all Americans of republican ineptitude following Katrina.

Godspeed for all in Gustaf's path.

Posted by: binkynh | August 30, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of moronic Obamabots commenting here!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is right, they shouldn't have a FESTIVE occasion while N.O. gets slammed by Gustaf. So go ahead and have your convention because it's going to be like funeral. The Death of the Republican Party.

Festive? I don't think so. They're going to spend days trying to ignore the elephant in the room, a destroyed economy, shattered foreign policy and the loss of almost every contested seat since 2006. The Bush-child will make a brief appearance and then get sent to his room, Cheney will come in sneering, make everyone very nervous and then be exiled to Georgia. Then John McCain will ask Sarah and his wife to both compete in a wet--shirt contest for Ms. Twin Cities Babe!

They need a shot of reality in the left buttocks and a long nap.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 30, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Telethon? I thought the Republican National Convention was already a telethon.

Posted by: tom | August 30, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

If McCain "postpones" the convention, it will only be so he can "postpone" the time when he has to live within the time limit for spending the $84M of taxpayer money he's getting. A scam to keep spending "primary" money longer.

Sacrifice the country for his campaign, that's John.

Posted by: Bill | August 30, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Her daughter, the real mother of the baby was in the bus breast feeding the baby. Those stories are not rumors.
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A lot has been made of Palin's heroic bringing to term of a baby with Down's Syndrome, and I certainly applaud that decision. But what pregnant 44 year-old discovers that her water broke (according to her) finishes a speech in Texas, then GETS ON A PLANE for a ten-hour flight to Alaska to give birth. It sounds very risky.
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http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/sarah-palin/22236/the-fully-vetted-sarah-palin/
…the oldest girl is rumored to have actually been the one who had the last baby, the one with Down’s Syndrome. She was taken out of school the last 4 or 5 months of her mother’s pregnancy.
On March 5th, 2008 Alaska’s Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, announced to the media that she was 7 months pregnant with her 5th child. She is currently 44.
Palin’s daughter Bristol is 16 and attends an Anchorage high school. Students who have attended class with her report that she has been out of school for months, claiming a prolonged case of mono.
Palin does not appear pregnant in any recent photographs. The announcement came as quite a shock to people who had worked closely with her, and have been quoted as saying that she did not appear pregnant whatsoever during the prior 7 months. While this is debatable, you can judge for yourself here: http://gov.state.ak.us/photos.php
(Ed Note: That link has since died since we first looked at it. The pictures were removed today.)
The Enquire is on this like flies on a turd.
Remember Edwards?

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Palin just introduce her family some of which was on the bus including her infant child. She's just one of McCains heartbeat away from becoming President of the US. I love my country but I would have stayed home to take care of my family.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 30, 2008 6:51 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Another potentially-devastating storm headed for New Orleans only 3 years after the last one, and McCain just picked a VP who denies the existence of global warming. I hope the irony isn't lost on him.

Posted by: Climate Change We Can Believe In | August 30, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say Obama is the real deal

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker


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-Walter - maybe she just makes people "feel" good...isnt that what we were told to accept about Obama? Don't worry about details and lack of experience....he offers "hope" and "change." How fitting that she can now run on his platform. LOL. You Obamazombies can eat your words.

Posted by: Tony (Dem against Obama) | August 30, 2008 6:59 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Ironic, the republicans actually prayed for rain to wreck Obama speech.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Walter - maybe she just makes people "feel" good...isnt that what we were told to accept about Obama? Don't worry about details and lack of experience....he offers "hope" and "change." How fitting that she can now run on his platform. LOL. You Obamazombies can eat your words.

Posted by: Tony (Dem against Obama) | August 30, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Gustav is a gift to the Republicans because they don't have to hopefully have Bush speak he'll have to stay in DC.

Posted by: suzy | August 30, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain has made a great choice for VP.
His criteria for his pick was:
- Have a vagina
- Have a BIBLE
- Killed something
- Have a limited education
- Say PTA 100 times an hour.

She lives up to everything he wanted.

Posted by: WALTER | August 30, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Miller123 -- Obama has two young kids. Chelsea was a kid. Amy Carter..the Bush kids...so many other presidents had kids. I guess it was ok because they were all men. This is pathetic. This same sexism is what hurt Hillary. People do not want to admit it but this country just accepts sexism as a given.

Posted by: Tony | August 30, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin just introduce her family some of which was on the bus including her infant child. She's just one of McCains heartbeat away from becoming President of the US. I love my country but I would have stayed home to take care of my family.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 30, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy, the war, healthcare stupid. If I hear another word about a dog sled champion or PTA meeting. I learn nothing new about the new vp

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 30, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"The solution is simple: why not have The Messiah Obama go to New Orleans, spread his arms, and the waters will part and Gustav will flee in fear."

Posted by: muskrat

Obama is no messiah. That is a term reserved for some of those religious fanatics on the right. Bush botched Katrina. The arrogance and inefficiency of his administration showed it's true colors the day that storm dissipated. They blatantly left people to die in New Orleans just like continue to blatantly send members of our families to die in Iraq. The truth is right in front of your face but somehow you still can't see it.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Informed | August 30, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

During Katrina, Bush and McCain met at a birthday celebration and ate cake together as nearly 2,000 American citizens died in the streets of New Orleans...most of the dead were poor and black, so it is understandable that Bush and McCain were indifferent...no Republican votes there. Why should this year's Republican Convention be postponed if New Orleans is drowning? No Republican votes there!

Posted by: Veritas | August 30, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Laughing at the B word may blow McCain and Palin off course:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/81444/5625/741/579968

And they want disaffected Democratic women to vote Republican?


Posted by: Bill | August 30, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Can't Bobby Jindal speak to God and ask Him to reconsider?

Posted by: tbogg | August 30, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

New Orleans needs to be shut down. It is just not feasable.

Posted by: Tom | August 30, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The solution is simple: why not have The Messiah Obama go to New Orleans, spread his arms, and the waters will part and Gustav will flee in fear.

Posted by: muskrat | August 30, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the selfish idiots politicizing this hurricane. The last thing this country needs is another major natural disaster.

Posted by: Tirade | August 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

GOP wants to use Gustav as a pander tool. Sick.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 30, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This jsut proves that God does not want McSame to be President and What's-her-name to bve VP.

Posted by: Craig | August 30, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how this plays out: the Republicans delay their convention by a week or two because of Gustav, allowing McCain to blow through the $7 mil in pre-convention funds he's raised from rabid right-wingers since picking Miss Incompetent yesterday.

Then, after the delayed convention, he still gets his $80-some million in federal matching funds, but doesn't have to spread it out over the full number of weeks. Thus, regardless of whatever "compassion" the immoral Republicans pretend they're showing through this delay, the end outcome is for McCain to game the campaign-financing system AGAIN, as he did this winter. SOME REFORMER.

The FEC (if it actually exists)should demand that the Republicans either play the hand they've been dealt this week, or else not hold a convention at all.

Posted by: jonfromcali | August 30, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

See this is what no one understands., The reason McCAin picked Palin is because she can Charm Gustav to turn around and go back out to sea. LOL, There is many questions about her still. Interesting pick. http://www.veeppeek.com But it would take Gustav to blow Sarah Palin out of the headlines.

Posted by: DAN | August 30, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I get it... McCain will use Gustav as an excuse to postpone the convention. Meanwhile, Sarah will announce that she just found out there's no snow for snow machines in DC, and she obviously couldn't subject her family to 4 years with no snowmobiling, so she'll bow out. McCain will regretfully accept her resignation and make a SERIOUS choice, all before having to face the convention.

Posted by: Cabin John | August 30, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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