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Obama to Deploy E-Mail List for Gustav Aid

By Shailagh Murray
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Sen. Barack Obama announced that his campaign would mobilize supporters from his enormous e-mail list to send money or enlist as volunteers once the impact of Hurricane Gustav becomes apparent.

Obama told reporters that his campaign already is coordinating with local authorities. The senator has said he has no plans to go to the region, because of the potential disruption, although Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are heading to Mississippi today.

"We can activate an e-mail list of a couple million people who want to give back," Obama said. "I think we can get tons of volunteers to travel down there if it becomes necessary."

He said McCain's visit was appropriate. "A big storm like this raises bipartisan concerns and I think for John to want to find out what's going on is fine," Obama said

In a nod to his vast entourage, Obama continued, "The thing that I always am concerned about in the middle of a storm is whether we're drawing resources away from folks on the ground because the Secret Service and various security requirements sometimes it pulls police, fire and other departments away from concentrating on the job. I'm assuming that where he went that wasn't an issue. Were going to try to stay clear of the area until things have settled down and then we'll probably try to figure out how we can be as helpful as possible."

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"Should I receive one from Obama's campaign requesting funds for the hurricane victims and the request direct me to send money to his campaign other then a relief agency I will report him to the Federal Authorities."

I received an email and a text mail. It directs you to the Red Cross website and/or the Red Cross phone number. Satisfied?

Posted by: ikea1 | September 1, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

there's no need to go overboard on critizing Palin and McCain. The fact that she is completely unqualified is enough of a reason to not vote for McCain. Her nomination is a gimmick and an insult to the office and to all of us.

Posted by: Jay Casey | September 1, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Poeple this is America and oil is a commodity...quit being mad at the oil companies..it is not up to them to give us an alternative. They deserve to make a profit in this FREE MARKET!

Why so mad at Palin?? and to 'Jack' where are the facts to back up your accusations? Are you just mad that your democratic party didn't possess the balls to put a woman on the ticket? I'm sorry but JOE BIDEN!!! LMFAO!!

Posted by: allynne13 | September 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Why so mad at Palin?? and to 'Jack' where are the facts to back up your accusations? Are you just mad that your democratic party didn't possess the balls to put a woman on the ticket? I'm sorry but JOE BIDEN!!! LMFAO!!

Posted by: Republican Student | September 1, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Why so mad at Palin?? and to 'Jack' where are the facts to back up your accusations? Are you just mad that your democratic party didn't possess the balls to put a woman on the ticket? I'm sorry but JOE BIDEN!!! LMFAO!!

Posted by: Republican Student | September 1, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Why so mad at Palin?? and to 'Jack' where are the facts to back up your accusations? Are you just mad that your democratic party didn't possess the balls to put a woman on the ticket? I'm sorry but JOE BIDEN!!! LMFAO!!

Posted by: Republican Student | September 1, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The Alaskan oil is going to Asia (Japan, mainly), as Repub properly states. Not only that, but our domestic oil companies don't really want it. Alaskan oil is highly sulphurous and costs a lot more to refine than does Saudi crude. When all is said and done, CHEAP OIL is a bygone era and we can't drill our way out of the mess we're in. All drilling will do is to further fatten the pockets of the corporations that have already raped us. By the way, Scott - properly inflating tires would account for about 4 -5 % of our petroleum use...not an amount to just brush away as rhetoric, especially since those numbers came from within the Bush Administration and not from Obama.

Posted by: madisonhack | September 1, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

From this Democrat - Our prays are with everyone. Stay safe. Stay safe Niece and family we know you are heading to safety to Georgia from New Orleans!

Isaiah 40:31
"But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint"

Posted by: Cooday | September 1, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Scott,
I'm sorry, I was reading other articles. The question then is why is only 17 percent coming to the U.S.? Why isn't all of it coming here?? We wouldn't be sending billions of dollars to the people supporting al Qaeda. As far as the corn ethanol question, personally, I agree. I don't see where it is a long term solution to use food stocks to make transportation fuels. However, if we had listed to Carter in the 70s we wouldn't be here now. And while I would say he was far from one of our best presidents, he was right on energy. My guess is that the Saudis will drop the price of oil enough to make us think life is good again and stop working toward energy independence and then in a few years, we will be back in this same position, only worse. This is the third energy crisis we have had since 1973.

Posted by: Repub | September 1, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Goodnight "Repub" Your silence is golden....

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey "Repub"-
If Obama's against global warming, why does his push so hard for corn ethanol that has been proven to be 7x less efficient than sugar cane ethanol?
If he was still in the Illinois Senate, I would understand it, but isn't he running to be president of the other 49 states as well?

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Survival of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
NEHRP Success Story


-Charles Groat, Director, United States Geological Survey

Each day, the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline carries one million barrels of oil, about 17% of the domestic oil supply for the United States, valued at about $25 million.
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"Repub"...No, I'm sorry, Joe Biden voted against the pipeline that provides 17% of the DOMESTIC oil supply....that's a lot of oil....much more than can be saved by inflating tires and doing everything possible to raise the price of gasoline, so people can't afford to buy it....THEN substituting that Illinois corn ethanol that uses as much gas as it replaces and raises food prices...that's Obama's paln right?

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Amazing that John McCain and his GOP cohorts suddenly care about New Orleans. Funny what a political campaign will do. Where was John McCain and his party three years ago? And why the hell are he and Palin going down to the hurricane area? McCain is NOT the President nor does he have any authority over federal relief efforts. He will just be in the way. Bush is still in charge, so let's give him some room and see if he has learned anything from Katrina.

Posted by: MerryJoe | September 1, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Crap. Slow email server. Said email exists. Oh well. Egg on face.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington blade | September 1, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

As of this moment there has been no e-mail from the Obama campaign asking for money or help for the relief efforts for those affected by this hurricane. I am on his list. I got on it when I wrote to them complaining of there effort to shut down Freedom Of Speech on a radio station in Chicago.
The only e-mails I have received from his campaign have been solicitation of funds for his campaign.
Should I receive one from Obama's campaign requesting funds for the hurricane victims and the request direct me to send money to his campaign other then a relief agency I will report him to the Federal Authorities. I do not trust the man but am willing to give him the benefit of doubt.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army could use all of our help at this time. Please if you can donate. Both of these agencies are on site now helping the people displaced by this storm. If you live in one of the states where the people are being relocated please consider volunteering your time. Because they are allowing people to bring their pets some of the shelters may not accept them please consider sheltering a pet if you can. Remember there is another storm out there Hanna and it may come in on the East Coast by next Friday and could cause yet another evacuation of costal areas. Please Donate Now to The RED CROSS or the SALVATION ARMY and volunteer if you can.

Posted by: jace1 | September 1, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Realist - to where? The Midwest? Tornadoes and floods. To the West Coast? Earthquakes. To the Rockies? Drought. To the East Coast? Overpopulation and congestion.

When will you get it through your thick head? We're all in this together. Not the coastal states. Not the interior states. The UNITED States.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington blade | September 1, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

"Barack is lying" is lying. No such emails about an August deadline exist.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington blade | September 1, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Scott,

Sorry, the oil from the North Slope is going to Asia. Very little, if any comes to the U.S.

Posted by: Repub | September 1, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

So now John McCain cares about New Orleans. Really? Do an Internet search of the terms John McCain, Katrina and cake and it will direct you to the White House Web Site. There you will see John McCain and George Bush eating cake while Katrina was pummeling New Orleans. I kid you not. Literally. Eating. Cake.

Now this was during McCain birthday. You can forgive that. But can you forgive voting against relief for Katrina victims that he voted against time and time and time again. Legislation supported by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton. (See political columnist Bob Geiger's blog)

Have you no shame, Senator McCain.

Posted by: Yerba Buena | September 1, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

"Is America ready for a VP who has been vetted less than someone's babysitter? Her foreign policy experience has been buying insurance for her Toyota.
Jdude"
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Hey Jdude-

Joseph Biden voted against the TransAlaska Pipeline that has delivered billions of barrels of DOMESTIC oil to the continental US since its successful completion-

Barack Obama promises an end to foreign energy dependence-

Sarah Palin successfully pushed for the construction of a Natural Gas Pipeline from Alaska to the continetal US-

The increased use of Natural gas to power automobiles, as recently illustrated by the NY Times story on the success of Natural gas cars in Utah, shows promise as a real alternative to gasoline-

Hmmmmm....Biden better plagiarize a real good answer to this boondoggle, or she's gonna make him pop a few hairplugs on national television...

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

FYI to "Barack is Lying"-- guess what, he's not lying. He is solociting donations and volunteers online-- which Red Cross and others have found effective in past disasters!

Posted by: DR_JES | August 31, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Is America ready for a VP who has been vetted less than someone's babysitter? Her foreign policy experience has been buying insurance for her Toyota.

Let's face it. McCain is 72 years old and there is a better than average chance that he may not fulfil his entire term, if elected. That said, is Palin REALLY a sane choice as the Number 2??

Posted by: JDude | August 31, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Dragonfly777,

Its obvious you have never volunteer to help in a disaster. The last thing the people in that area needs is a presidential candidate coming through for a photo op. Where ever McCain will be the roads will be closed in the immediate area, all work stops while he is in the area. People are not allowed to move around in order to ensure the safety of the candidate. In addition, there will be a retinue of reporters following along getting in the way of disaster relief people. The individuals who said sending the Red Cross money are absolutely right. Not to mention the democrats could rightly charge McCain of playing politics with the misery the people in the Gulf area will suffer.

Posted by: Repub | August 31, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

CNN's poll is an outlier, done over a holiday weekend when younger voters are out. Besides Gallup has Obama up by 6.

Posted by: Patrick | August 31, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse


Here's the real story...

Obama got ZERO bounce from his convention.

That is unheard of in modern political history.

Today's CNN poll has Obama and McCain in a tie.

Stunning.


Posted by: JP Vanderbilt | August 31, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget who the republican party leader is. Bush talked about the 'Internets'. How can you expect that these stuck-in-the-past people know how to utilize newest technology if there leader doesn't even has a clue?

Btw - the American Red Cross, Salvation Army etc use the same technology to reach millions of donors because monetary donations are preferred to help people in need. Some people just don't get it that we are in the 21st century and that what Obama is doing is common practice to do business.

Posted by: Annette | August 31, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I am on Barack Obama's e-mail list and all I have gotten are e-mails for more money to meet the "August deadline" and e-mails to watch his Denver speech video.

It is completely insincere for Obama to make these statements while only soliciting money for himself.

Meanwhile the Republicans on the news are looking good. Their news conferences and bipartisan work to really help people in the region are commendable.

Shame on Obama and his followers groupies for using this tragedy to mislead the American people again. Shame on the Washington Post for your complicity in this terrible deceit.

Posted by: Barack is Lying | August 31, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

CAN'T WE ALL JUST LEAVE THE CANDIDATES OUT OF THIS AND TRY IN SOME SMALL WAY HELP RATHER IT B BY DEED OR DOLLAR FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS AND STOP THIS JUVENILE RHETORIC

Posted by: valligrl@netzero.net | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM

You are right. I have a small way to help. MOVE!!!!

Posted by: Realist | August 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Obama told reporters that his campaign already is coordinating with local authorities"

He has no authority. He is a Senator from IL that has been campaigning for two years of his three years in office. He is not involved with the rsponse and who cares if he is monitoring the situation. So is everyone else by watching the Weather Channel.

Posted by: Fact | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Yet again Senator Obama display's simple common sense by realizing his entourage and security requirements, like John McCain's, could be a burden to people on the ground trying to deal with a hurricane. And he effectively uses the web as a means to help without hindering rescue efforts. Impressive - he's got my vote.

Posted by: woody | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

used to support obama, what is your problem? Where did Obama lie-he never said he would pick Hillary for VP. Contrast who he did pick versus mccain. Should the VP have to take control of this country you mean you would rather have a small town, small state gov instead of a man who knows more about foreign policy than anyone in DC? Why, because Palin is a woman? Stupid! For all her bluster Hillary would not have chosen to be Obama's running mate. She would not settle for No. 2. Palin doesn't even know what a VP does, as she said in an interview a few months ago. Obama is smart enough to select someone who will help him and challenge him, while mccain picked someone who will toe the party line and make mccain look like her grandfather. Your reasons for not voting for Obama shows how shallow you are.
Meanwhile, dragonfly, Obama was already working, filling sandbags during the recent Mississippi River flooding in Illinois and the midwest. Believe me, mccain won't be filling any sandbags and flip-flop palin (I was for the bridge to nowhere before I was against it) will be afraid to muss her hair.

Posted by: mike l | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised at the sniping about Obama using his email lists to organize help for victims of Gustav. Email lists are a remarkably effective way of organizing such support.

Posted by: Herb | August 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS ADDRESSED TO THE PERSON THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE GUTS TO EVEN DISPLAY THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS AND WRITES ANONOMOUSLY. YOU HAVE A FOUL MOUTH AND U R A DISGRACE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WISHING THAT ANY CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD DROWN. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE WOMAN THAT GAVE BIRTH TO U

Posted by: VALLIGRL@NETZERO.NET | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

CAN'T WE ALL JUST LEAVE THE CANDIDATES OUT OF THIS AND TRY IN SOME SMALL WAY HELP RATHER IT B BY DEED OR DOLLAR FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS AND STOP THIS JUVENILE RHETORIC

Posted by: valligrl@netzero.net | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't come here!
Send help! Thank you Mr. Obama.

Posted by: n/o rez | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

AN ANALOGY

CEO (to board of directors): The potential devastation by Hurricane Gustav looks like it can rival that of Katrina from three years ago. We should plan a course of action to help the possible victims. Any ideas as to what we can do to help?

Staff: How's about we ask our vast network of people to consider donations?

Staff member 2: And we could also ask for volunteers to help with emergency assistance or further aid?

CEO: Great ideas. Let's implement a course of action. Let's reconvene to discuss, nail down the details and set into motion.

And ya'll say Obama, head of a $500 million to $1 billion campaign, has no executive experience.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama yet to find a dollar he didn't want to rob from Americans and redistribute to some pandering nonsensical cause?

Posted by: muskrat
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Well, he isn't using it to help you with your brain stem reattachment, so it is not a waste...

Posted by: muskrat - the other white meat | August 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is demonstrating his idea of leadership.

send out an email and wait and see what happens.

great plan

camo

Posted by: camo
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You are right, camtard, it is a great idea. It certainly can do something and it beats bringing an entourage down to command central and get in the way with security, etc. But I guess, it is just McIntheway being mavericky, right?

Posted by: McCain-Palin '08 - we will frown Gustav away!! | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama yet to find a dollar he didn't want to rob from Americans and redistribute to some pandering nonsensical cause?

Posted by: muskrat | August 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA! HE REALLY LET US DOWN! WHAT OTHER LIES IS HE GOING TO SPREAD NOW?

Posted by: I used to support Obama
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Quit your f**king lying - no one is buying it...

Posted by: i used to pretend to support Obama, duh..... | August 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

What a hypocrite! I believed in Senator Obama! My six voting members of my democratic party family believed in Obama. Four of my family members are females and devoted supporters of Senator Clinton. We all thought that he was going to be the change that this country needed. I was so pysched up for my democratic convention this week, but Obama picked Biden, who is not a change but one of the big problems. Now look at Senator McCain who picked an outsider, and most of all a woman ,who believes in America. I may not agree with everything that Senator McCain stands for, but he''s a better choice that wishy-washy, back-sliding, bend at every blow of the wind, change your stance, and big time HYPOCRITE OBAMA! HE REALLY LET US DOWN! WHAT OTHER LIES IS HE GOING TO SPREAD NOW?

Posted by: I used to support Obama | August 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

so, xoxommoxo or whatever your name is, you feel that the money of the rich should be confiscated and given to the poor?

Odd that you say that in the context of nancy pilosi butn ot john mccain and his wife's millions. Should not the profits of a beer distributorship better be used for hurricane aid as well?

Ah, that evil socialism, creeping in everwhere. Surely a good republican would say that the hurricane victims should have planned for this, so their struggles are their own fault.

Posted by: charlie | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obama going to NO as he has pointed out is the amount of security etc that is require if he, any Presidential candidate or the actual President goes any where. Surely you have been around when they close streets in your city when one of the above enters your town. Imagine that on top of the chaos of helping folks in immediate need. I may be an Obama supporter but I truely believe both candidates want to do everything they can to assist in whatever efforts are necessary. For heaven sakes folks, stand down and give them both a break.

Posted by: Red | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is worth about 40 million. I say the proceeds from her new book is a perfect destination for Gustav Aid. It's just that these high profile politicians urge America to donate, but when it comes to them, it's their lofty positions and status that is their contribution. Kind of like Bono and his Africa trip, everyone else pays, but he lives in infinite luxury. The Oil Companies are losing millions because of this, do they get a reverse windfall profits credit?

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is worth about 40 million. I say the proceeds from her new book is a perfect destination for Gustav Aid. It's just that these high profile politicians urge America to donate, but when it comes to them, it's their lofty positions and status that is their contribution. Kind of like Bono and his Africa trip, everyone else pays, but he lives in infinite luxury. The Oil Companies are losing millions because of this, do they get a reverse windfall profits credit?

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You might want to deliver that message to John Mccain. He is planing on doing his excepting speech from the disaster area where ever that is. He said so this morning. Lets hope even this idiot sees the wrong of that.

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Letter to Senator Obama and Senator McCain,

In the next 36 hours, many Americans who are alive today will have died in a major hurricane. The level of personal loss and sadness will be enormous. Regardless of party, your political posturing during such a grave period of time is morally corrupt and disgraceful. I would highly recommend that you both act like Americans and forget your political affiliations for a week as the country deals with this disaster. Quite frankly, whether or not either of you are elected in two months pales in comparison to the tremendous heartache and loss that is about to be inflicted upon our land. Please quit trying to one-up each other on your leadership during this disaster. Neither one of you are value added right now and your help might be more effective off camera.

Posted by: D Chew | August 31, 2008 6:01 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

you all have such a lack of understanding is why you guys are losing. Are you all just afraid of progress? Maybe Mccain can send out a bunch of telegrams and ask for volunteers. You guys don't get, you never have.

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Obama is demonstrating his idea of leadership.

send out an email and wait and see what happens.

great plan

camo

Posted by: camo | August 31, 2008 5:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Letter to Senator Obama and Senator McCain,

In the next 36 hours, many Americans who are alive today will have died in a major hurricane. The level of personal loss and sadness will be enormous. Regardless of party, your political posturing during such a grave period of time is morally corrupt and disgraceful. I would highly recommend that you both act like Americans and forget your political affiliations for a week as the country deals with this disaster. Quite frankly, whether or not either of you are elected in two months pales in comparison to the tremendous heartache and loss that is about to be inflicted upon our land. Please quit trying to one-up each other on your leadership during this disaster. Neither one of you are value added right now and your help might be more effective off camera.

Posted by: D Chew | August 31, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

camo -- i said this one, I'll try again to get it through your thick skull:

as to t hose criticizing obama for using his email lists to raise money -- call your local chapter of the red cross and ask them what they need most. 99 times out of 100, unless you are a trained emergency responder ready to get on a plane tomorrow, they will say "we need money."

why? Money is the most easily moved aid. It can be spent anywhere, it can be targeted to exactly what is needed. Most important, money spent by the red cross is spent locally, so it helps boost the local economy.

McCain visiting Mississippi, unless he's bringing a suitcase full of $100 bills, will distract, a mere photo op and every emergency worker who has to take time off to provide security or glad hand will say so.

Money sent by Obama, or anyone, will be of immense help.

so, yeah, email and text message, in this situation, is exactly what IS needed. Don't believe me? Call your local red cross chapter. Don't ask them to take sides, just say "what do you need most?"


Posted by: charlie | August 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is demonstrating his idea of leadership.

send out an email and wait and see what happens.

great plan

camo

Posted by: camo | August 31, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND TO KNOW THE TRUTH!! IF SARAH PALIN WAS LYING ABOUT HER DAUGHTER--THIS IS HUGE!!!!

WE NEED TO SEE HOSPITAL RECORDS ASAP!

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

Posted by: misssymoto | August 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

There is no moral high ground on this issue. It is one of the darkest events in American history. No one was innocent. The government could have just gotten out of the way, us citizens were ready to do it ourselves if they couldn't..

I am the air boat guy by the way from a few posts ago.

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Back in 2005, the Dems colluded with Bush to move NO's residents out and move in illegal aliens from Mexico to take their jobs:

http://katrinacoverage.com/2005/10/08/new-orleans-jobs-and-federal-funding-scandal.html

The major beneficiaries of that were the Mexicangovernment and a small number of big contractors. The American public was ripped off in many ways: increased social costs, paying to house NO residents in other cities, money being sent out of the area, health-related costs due to illegal aliens working in unsafe conditions, and on and on.

So, the Dems don't have much of moral highground in issues like this, to say the least.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 31, 2008 5:00 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Back in 2005, the Dems colluded with Bush to move NO's residents out and move in illegal aliens from Mexico to take their jobs:

http://katrinacoverage.com/2005/10/08/new-orleans-jobs-and-federal-funding-scandal.html

The major beneficiaries of that were the Mexicangovernment and a small number of big contractors. The American public was ripped off in many ways: increased social costs, paying to house NO residents in other cities, money being sent out of the area, health-related costs due to illegal aliens working in unsafe conditions, and on and on.

So, the Dems don't have much of moral highground in issues like this, to say the least.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 31, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

When Katrina hit I saw the TV and drove up from Fort Lauderdale. I sat in a parking lot with two air boats and 150 gallons of fuel on my trailer for two days before I was allowed to go to the area. My wife and I by ourselves could have save dozens of people maybe hundreds who knows. We had the equipment and skills to help. What we watched was what we called in the military a cluster fu*k as we sat there. No one willing to take responsibility for anything. The whole operation was a cover your own as& situation. I was threatened with arrest when I tried to just put the boats in the water and just go. All this as people were dying on live TV.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

as to t hose criticizing obama for using his email lists to raise money -- call your local chapter of the red cross and ask them what they need most. 99 times out of 100, unless you are a trained emergency responder ready to get on a plane tomorrow, they will say "we need money."

why? Money is the most easily moved aid. It can be spent anywhere, it can be targeted to exactly what is needed. Most important, money spent by the red cross is spent locally, so it helps boost the local economy.

McCain visiting Mississippi, unless he's bringing a suitcase full of $100 bills, will distract, a mere photo op and every emergency worker who has to take time off to provide security or glad hand will say so.

Money sent by Obama, or anyone, will be of immense help.

so, yeah, email and text message, in this situation, is exactly what IS needed. Don't believe me? Call your local red cross chapter. Don't ask them to take sides, just say "what do you need most?"


Posted by: charlie | August 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Mccain say this morning he will be doing his acceptance speech from the area of devastation. How sick is that?

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wait, aren't the McCain people the ones who criticized obama for trying to use wounded soldiers as a tv prop? And are they now not doing precisely the same thing?

Oh wait -- when McCain does it it is showing his tender side. When Obama does it, it's showing off.

OK, now we all understand that.

Posted by: charlie | August 31, 2008 4:26 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

wait, aren't the McCain people the ones who criticized obama for trying to use wounded soldiers as a tv prop? And are they now not doing precisely the same thing?

Oh wait -- when McCain does it it is showing his tender side. When Obama does it, it's showing off.

OK, now we all understand that.

Posted by: charlie | August 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

MCCAINS CAMPAIGN AND THE INTERNET. THEY JUST NEVER GOT IT.

Mccain and his people are idiots. They sat back and watched what Obama did during the primary, with the use of the internet, raising money and everything else. Mccain saw how wildly over the top successful it was and sat there and did nothing, and still is doing nothing. He should have gone to his people and said, "Get us the best internet people in the business money is no object, I want them to analyze what Obama is doing from top to bottom and see how we can do it, maybe even better". Does he, NO. He sits back running a campaign bases in the last century, literally. I have been in business all my life and have made tons of money. I didn't do it complaining about my competition. I did it by learning from them and doing it better, beating them at their own game. Mccain and his staff are totally incompetent. I don't want to here a thing about the text messaging and mining phone numbers. Want something to complain about? Ask why Mccain isn't doing it also. Ask what the hell you gave them all that money for, just to stand around at town hall meetings talking to 200 disinterested people. Complaining about Obama does not make your candidate more competent, it points out how incompetent he really is by comparison.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Mccain just had a press confrence pretending to be the president and read a piece from Wikipedia about hurricanes trying to sound like he knows what he is talking about. I already got an email from Obama and we can put 10 million dollars on their hands in 24 hours if needed. Mccains people don't even understand any of this. All they can provide is lip service. We can make things happen and fast.

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Symbolic? At least they're there! Personally I can see McCain and Palin filling sandbags and helping. Can you say the same for Obama? Maybe he will email some sandbags!

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And just how many sandbags did John McCain fill during the equally devastating Mississippi floods earlier this year? I'll give you a hint it was less than one. Obama filled dozens and used his campaigns data base to coordinated volunteer efforts in effected areas.

McCain's trip is nothing but a PR stunt. he has offered NO RESOURCES OR AID to the soon to be effected region, only a photo op and speech.

Obama is coordinating 2 MILLION volunteers to give money and offer much needed emergency volunteer work to help displaced victims.

That's Leadership!

Posted by: swalker | August 31, 2008 3:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope hurricane Gustav makes landfall on McSame's face.

Posted by: firestarter | August 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Symbolic? At least they're there! Personally I can see McCain and Palin filling sandbags and helping. Can you say the same for Obama? Maybe he will email some sandbags!

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And just how many sandbags did John McCain fill during the equally devastating Mississippi floods earlier this year? I'll give you a hint it was less than one. Obama filled dozens and used his campaigns data base to coordinated volunteer efforts in effected areas.

McCain's trip is nothing but a PR stunt. he has offered NO RESOURCES OR AID to the soon to be effected region, only a photo op and speech.

Obama is coordinating 2 MILLION volunteers to give money and offer much needed emergency volunteer work to help displaced victims.

That's Leadership!

Posted by: swalker | August 31, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

tabloids just in.john sends wife out of the country and when she get back she find out he has chooen a women for vp.yeah you tell me.come on not john oh yeah john.now i get it lets find out just who that baby really for.

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

you tell me:ok john sends wife out of the country she gets back only to find out he's picked a women for vp come on you tell me.john did not want the boys around his wife when he's gone.johns wayof thinking if he wins.

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

For the benefit of all, let's hope that Gustav weakens before it hits landfall and spares the lives and property of thousands.

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Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Obamma's plan reflects the truth that Bush, McCain and Palin going to, or safely close, the impact area of the storm provides no help. Their visits are being done out of a cynical desire to gain publicity as leaders. Leadership of what? As Obamma said, he, and they, will only get in the way of those who have real work to do. Obamma using his great asset of a vast pool of donors to request they contribute funds to disaster relief and rebuilding makes much more sense. Suggesting this truly exhibits leadership as it will help. It almost reminds one of a "thousand points of light."

Posted by: ChuckB | August 31, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Washington Post not covering the extensive break-ins, intimidations and arrests that are taking place in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Local police and federal agents are breaking into homes of people they suspect of planning to peacefully protest the convention, armed to the teeth and in swat gear. They have even detained journalists and legal staff there to assist.

And nary a mention on WaPo...

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/31/raids/


Posted by: CJB | August 31, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are going to New Orleans. Obama is doing email. Now we know what to expect from Obama on critical issues and crisis! Email and Text messages!
I am tired of those who are more interested in making history than choosing a good President.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM
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Not quite. NcCain and Palin are going to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with the Mississippi Governor.

They have the good sense to stay out of the rapidly evacuating city of New Orleans.

Their visit is a symbolic gesture of support to a state that is not likely to be badly threatened by this storm. The region is likely too busy to pay them much attention...but the national press corps will be all over them looking for a story.

Symbolic? At least they're there! Personally I can see McCain and Palin filling sandbags and helping. Can you say the same for Obama? Maybe he will email some sandbags!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 2:04 PM

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You are being silly. We are all Americans....and we are known the world over for our willingness to give a helping hand. Obama is always ready to pitch in and help. Check this out.

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Obama_Filling_Sandbags_to_Hlep_Flood_Victims


or this --

http://www.rssvideonews.com/view_news_link.php?nlid=129860&p=

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good for Barack. The Gulf needs money, not a photo-op. Watch the GOP try to claim a political advantage out of this. If they turn their convention into a hurricane relief telethon, Barack should offer to appear, on-stage with McCain as a gesture of bipartisan support.

Posted by: DemoDevil | August 31, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

journlist you should be worried.do you know if mccain wins a lot of you loose there won't be enough room on the plane.there's going to be some serious bumping going on. what do think they will offer you for your seat.get this a gift card from pampers and depends.

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Duck-Billed Platitudes

The mating-cry of a creature which
can grow fur and lay eggs
at the same time.

By Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

August 31, 2008

As of now, the roster of Presidential candidacies for the November U.S. general election appears to be virtually settled. Nonetheless, except for some clever campaign tactics from the Republican campaign of Senator John McCain, the stated policies of the Presidential candidates are fairly described as "duck-billed platitudes," cries worthy of strange creatures of the type to be expected from putative Beaverbrook heir Rupert Murdoch, from "way down under."

Karl Rove of debased-faith-initiative notoriety has done some weird things in the past, and, we have strong reason to suspect, still now. Nonetheless, what are to be suspected as being, now, the most important of the initiatives coming from the Republican campaign are not the plausible work-product of Rove himself, but from London, sometimes by way of Australia. The hollow-est of the platitudes are come from the mouth of the Buppies- and-Boomers favorite, Presidential candidate Obama, in the form of grandiose, if empty gestures worthy of a carnival act, but nothing of actually practical relevance to the already desperate economic situation confronting the lower eighty-percentile of our citizens. Senator John McCain is no rival of Obama in the pure "b...s..." department, but John seems to plod along successfully in the shadow of political con-man act played by thuggish George Soros' patsy, four-flushing Senator Obama. To be fair to both, it must be said that neither campaign has been playing with a full deck, so far.

In the present circumstance, while the existing financial-monetary system of the world as a whole is gripped by something far worse than merely an on-rushing world depression, not a single sane move has come, so far, out of the U, S, Federal executive or the "Ding-a-ling, Barney, and Bailout" circus in the U.S. Congress.

Hey, fellows, how do you hope to get us safely out of this mess? How far down are you willing to see our republic sink, before you do something to change this?

It comes down to this. Our so-called "main-stream news media," including the New York Times, of course, has been "out-Goebbelsing Goebbels" like never before. Our elected political officials who should be defending the nation, and honest political representatives, against the effect of these lies from that so-called news media, are either joining the chorus, or cringing under the bed. This, dear citizen, is the time you must show some real guts in the defense of our republic against this pack of political and press swindlers.

There is strength in unity from below. This is the time to show it.

- The Hard Truth -

The danger to our republic, and to you personally, comes from the British Empire whose representatives include George Soros, and, in effect, Felix Rohatyn. Agents of the British Empire's official institutions, such as Soros, are presently in top-down control of the Democratic Party machine. You have seen the near thermonuclear confrontation which the British staged in Georgia, The control from London-centered interests, is virtually treasonous in its effects on our nation, and on you. The Republican side is better only in the degree that it is not the howling Howard Dean's Soros circus.

The world is now gripped, not by a recession, but by what is known in relevant technical terms as an already onrushing "general breakdown-crisis" of the present world financial system, like that which struck Europe during the Fourteenth Century "New Dark Age," when half the parishes of Europe vanished in a relatively global banking panic, and the population of Europe collapsed, during approximately a generation, by one-third. And, with all that, here you are, sitting, holding a certificate of virtual membership in the lower eighty percentile of family- income brackets, not a particular safe place to sit idly.

It is past time to begin fighting back; it is past time to begin acting like a mass of serious patriots.

However, that is not the worst of it. We are also teetering on the edge of a possible general thermonuclear war. Vice-President Dick Cheney, operating, as usual, with guidance and backing from London, is off whipping up wars again, just as he did in cahoots with lying Prime Minister Tony Blair in the fraudulent launching of the still-simmering war in Iraq. Now, he is aiming at an impossible war with Iran, and, at the same time, the Bush Adminsitration has backed the Saudis (who may be supplying another round of financial backing to the Bush family, while throwing nuclear-armed Pakistan into the cauldron of war in that entire region.

The attempt to stage a thermonuclear bluff against the Russia, China, and India, who are willing to cooperate on all legitimate economic issues, and on whose cooperation we of the U.S. now depend for our economic survival, is a demonstration of how evil London can be, and how stupid the present Bush Administration and the leaders of our Conrgess has been of late.

Meanwhile, on all these and related issues, most of you out there, have your heads stuck in the proverbial sand, hoping that what you refuse to see is not happening.

Think about it, while you still can.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

wait a minute i am thinking of something to say.ok great decision john now i have to listen at my wife b....about the great pick you made for vp now she really thinks you think all women are stupid.you didn't think about me on this one did you.guess what john good luck.obama-biden

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain should stay the hell out of NO at this time. Why is he going there? A photo op? Disgusting!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain has NO business being there. He should stay well out of the way and let everyone do there jobs.
But no, it’s a chance to get on TV and grab a few news cycles.
Now they are going to try to wipe out the failures of their party with a telethon/convention.
Oh and do you actually think Bush Cheney was welcome at the convention? Hardly, they are glad he is out of the way so they can try to gloss over the failures of Bush and the entire republican party.

Posted by: JohnUSA | August 31, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Mississippi is being evacuated and has been preemptively declared a disaster area. The fact that McCain was willing to go there and draw necessary emergency personnel away from the evacuation in order to get a photo op and prep efforts says much about his lack of judgment. I commend the Republicans for deciding to scale back their convention and focus it on assisting the hurricane efforts, but McCain's decision to go to Mississippi is an example of putting politics first.

Posted by: Allison | August 31, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"McCain and Palin are going to New Orleans. Obama is doing email."

Fortunately, for the sake of human decency, that's not (yet) what McCain and Palin doing - since they're going to Mississippi. If McCain and Palin do go to New Orleans they will risk obstructing a major disaster effort for the sake of some incredibly tasteless political grandstanding.

It would be nice to hope that McCain would think twice before doing that. He can surely see that there are professional people involved in this kind of work who will be under enough pressure already - doing what they have to do - without interruptions by aspiring presidential candidates.

Posted by: nigel | August 31, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I applaud John McCain and Sara Palin for going into the area and speaking with the people in Mississippi. This is going to be a very bad storm. Thankfully the state of Louisiana has a new Governor this time who is requesting Federal Aid before the storm strikes and the Mayor of New Orleans learned his lesson from last time.
Now is the time for all of us to make a Donation to The Red Cross please. They will be the first on the ground at the shelters. If you live in a state that is taking in those who are evacuating the Gulf area please think of volunteering in the evacuation shelters to help the people displaced by this storm. There are things you can do there as simple as playing with the children to help their parents. Consider giving temporary shelter to pet's of the people evacuated as some shelters may not allow pets. Please donate to the RED CROSS they are on the ground now at the shelters with food and supplies. Pray for these people and that the people take the warning to leave and there is no loss of life and hopefully minimal loss of property.
Let's all come together to help. A John McCain supporter.

Roger that!! Now is the time to help!

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are going to New Orleans. Obama is doing email. Now we know what to expect from Obama on critical issues and crisis! Email and Text messages!
I am tired of those who are more interested in making history than choosing a good President.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM
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Not quite. NcCain and Palin are going to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with the Mississippi Governor.

They have the good sense to stay out of the rapidly evacuating city of New Orleans.

Their visit is a symbolic gesture of support to a state that is not likely to be badly threatened by this storm. The region is likely too busy to pay them much attention...but the national press corps will be all over them looking for a story.

Symbolic? At least they're there! Personally I can see McCain and Palin filling sandbags and helping. Can you say the same for Obama? Maybe he will email some sandbags!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"The Economist", hardly known as left leaning is calling Obama wise. He is getting things done and organizes real help while MCain is having a sightseeing tour. The organizational and management skills of Barack Obama are impressive. Just what is needed in the 21st century.

For the full Economist quote go here:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/from-across-the-pond-palin-and-more/

Posted by: European_Elitist | August 31, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I applaud John McCain and Sara Palin for going into the area and speaking with the people in Mississippi. This is going to be a very bad storm. Thankfully the state of Louisiana has a new Governor this time who is requesting Federal Aid before the storm strikes and the Mayor of New Orleans learned his lesson from last time.
Now is the time for all of us to make a Donation to The Red Cross please. They will be the first on the ground at the shelters. If you live in a state that is taking in those who are evacuating the Gulf area please think of volunteering in the evacuation shelters to help the people displaced by this storm. There are things you can do there as simple as playing with the children to help their parents. Consider giving temporary shelter to pet's of the people evacuated as some shelters may not allow pets. Please donate to the RED CROSS they are on the ground now at the shelters with food and supplies. Pray for these people and that the people take the warning to leave and there is no loss of life and hopefully minimal loss of property.
Let's all come together to help. A John McCain supporter.

Posted by: jace1 | August 31, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a brilliant decision by John. What this country has lacked for a long time is someone who regardless of political party speaks the truth! Palin does just that! She is the REAL MCCOY!
She will tell the truth and doesn't have the political scales over her eyes as the rest. She is decisive, intelligent, tough minded, has common sense vision and possess a core of ethics that is light years ahead of Obama.
I feel total confidence she can handle any crisis this country might have. For those that criticize, you have not heard this woman speak. Go to You tube and find out. You will change your mind..she is what this country needs to get back on track!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"the Republican Party is in total disarray. Faced with the looming likelihood of a devastating defeat in November, the Party of Bush and Cheney reached into the (oil) barrel and pulled out a Palin."

Yet, the choice of Palin is definitely to McCain's advantage. The democrats, and especially Biden have to tread gingerly in attacking her credentials and experience, as by some calculation, she has more hand-on experience, in running a city and a state than Obama, who indulged in 'community activism' for the most part; an activity with a lot of potential for grandstanding but little in the way of accountability.

While you (I certainly do) can question her positions on various issues, you have to concede that she is sure of her convictions, unlike Obama, who seems to redefine, refine, explain, and nuance his positions as necessary.

The contrast between Obama and Palin is unfortunate.

Posted by: Krishna | August 31, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are going to New Orleans. Obama is doing email. Now we know what to expect from Obama on critical issues and crisis! Email and Text messages!
I am tired of those who are more interested in making history than choosing a good President.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM
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Not quite. NcCain and Palin are going to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with the Mississippi Governor.

They have the good sense to stay out of the rapidly evacuating city of New Orleans.

Their visit is a symbolic gesture of support to a state that is not likely to be badly threatened by this storm. The region is likely too busy to pay them much attention...but the national press corps will be all over them looking for a story.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Heres you hero.

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.

Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
*********** ************* ************** *********** ***********
Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MUY9S6iCvk

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at lest maccain has the guts to go while obama sits behind a computer and does e-mail..lol

Posted by: sam | August 31, 2008 1:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This really tells us, including what I am reading on this board. Republicans live of human suffering, be it war or natural disaster. I wish Mccain would go there now and stay for the storm, Maybe he can drown and we will be finished with the piece of human garbage.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Now we know what to expect from Obama on critical issues and crisis!"

I am as against the neophyte senator running on the democratic ticket as anybody. But in this one instance, I think his decision and rationale are correct.

Posted by: Krishna | August 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Mccain already announced he is going to give his expectancy from the devastated area. I was in NO after Katrina . Maybe Mccain can pile up a few dead bodies and use them as a podium. Imagine this demented piece os sh&t trying to make political gain out of human suffering. This has nothing to do with Demarcate of Republican. Mccain you are a no good mother fu*ke. You should die of cancer and the sooner the better.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are going to New Orleans. Obama is doing email. Now we know what to expect from Obama on critical issues and crisis! Email and Text messages!
I am tired of those who are more interested in making history than choosing a good President.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The million dollars or so it will probably cost for little more then a photo op by Mccain could just be donated to the Red Cross.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

at lest maccain has the guts to go while obama sits behind a computer and does e-mail..lol

Posted by: sam | August 31, 2008 1:36 PM
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I support McCain in going if that's what he desires to do--but I question the wisdom of siphoning off the security personnel that will be required to guide and protect a presidential candidate.

It would be more responsible for him to wait. It also appears highly opportunistic to use as the backdrop for one's election bid the people and territory ravaged by a natural disaster. This is both reckless and cynical.

I just hope he and his vice-presidential pick don't drain local resources by having to be rescued by rowboat themselves.

Posted by: tellthetruth | August 31, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Once again --- the Republican Party is in total disarray. Faced with the looming likelihood of a devastating defeat in November, the Party of Bush and Cheney reached into the (oil) barrel and pulled out a Palin.


This morning, on the talk shows, spokespersons trying desparately to rationalize the latest McCain flipflop (on the value of experience) are looking remarkably like the infamous Baghdad Bob ---who persisted during the Iraqi invasion in denying the existence of the rapidly advancing American Armed Forces until the American tanks overran his position.

Republican stalwarts are stepping into the Sunday morning talk shows claiming that in all the land -- McCain's best choice for a running mate was clearly the awkwardly inexperienced Governor of Alaska --a position she has held for less than two years.

Prior to assuming that office, Sarah Palin only significant public service was as the part-time mayor of an Alaskan town with a population of less than 8000 residents.

Puting a good face on this latest McCain twist is a job almost as difficult as trying to smile and wink about the past eight-years of the Bush debacle in the White House. "What's that Bob? You say there are no American tanks?"

McCain takes American voters for fools.

His Republican Party spokespersons prove that point. "Everything is fine," they say with anguished smiles. "Palin is clearly the best we have and she will help to sweep McCain into the nation's highest office."

Okay, Bob.

Posted by: Gandalfthegrey | August 31, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

at lest maccain has the guts to go while obama sits behind a computer and does e-mail..lol

Posted by: sam | August 31, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

While, obviously, as a European, I cannot support a candidate for President of the United States, financially, I would probably be able to support the rebuild (again) of the Northern Gulf Coast.

I suppose it will be made known to us how to donate, when appropriate.

Thanks,

Posted by: Toon Moene | August 31, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Up until McCain's VP selection, I was right there with Obama when he says that this election is about the Past versus the Future.

Now, it is apparent to me that this election is about the Authentic versus the Phony.

Not the candidates, not them.

The True versus the Machine that tries so hard to produce truth.

I pray that Truth wins out.

Posted by: MJarvis | August 31, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an extreme right wing NEO NAZI who openly supported Buchannan who is a HOLOCAUST DENIER and praised Hitler "as a man of great courage". Palin never expressed her views about ISRAEL.
In addition, she is an evangelical idiot who still believes that THE EARTH IS FLAT and that evolution is wrong.

Jewish associations are outraged
link:http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Palin_on_Israel.html?showall

Posted by: JACK | August 31, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think they are not using Palin to the best of her Potential., they need to have her ready to go to Orleans and Alabam after the Storm hits. I guess the media has decided to leave the Palin trooper scandal alone. http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Danny | August 31, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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