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Updated 8:14 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
ST. PAUL -- As Hurricane Gustav continued to threaten the Gulf Coast, GOP convention planners scrambled to convert festive political parties into charity fundraisers.

Sen. John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters at an afternoon press conference that the campaign will inform any corporate or individual party sponsors "to please be respectful of the situation in the Gulf" and to take every opportunity to raise money for potential hurricane victims rather than feting the GOP.

Even before Davis spoke to the press one group -- sponsors of a Monday night "Spirits of Minneapolis" event -- sent out an e-mail informing partygoers that they have made "a collective decision to change the event into the Spirits of the Gulf Coast, shifting the focus into a fundraiser for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund."

"To that end, we will have a senior Red Cross representative in attendance and we will encourage everyone to make a donation to the Fund at the door," read the e-mail for the event, whose main sponsors include the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Amgen, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Daimler and The Hill newspaper. "In addition, the event sponsors will make a large matching contribution and present a check at 10:30 PM."

One party Monday night that won't have to shift course: Friends of New Orleans, a non-profit that supports Gulf recovery efforts, will hold a "New Orleans All Star Jam-Balaya" benefit in Minneapolis featuring New Orleans musicians.

FONO, which held a similar event in Denver, had originally aimed to highlight and support the innovative ways Gulf Coast residents have been rebuilding their communities. Now, they will likely be raising funds to finance another round of rebuilding.

And it's not just the Republicans who have squelched partying here at the convention: the Democratic National Committee followed suit. This afternoon the DNC sent an e-mail declaring, "In light of the situation along the Gulf Coast, the DNC has canceled this afternoon's Media Welcome reception in St. Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in the region."

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Comments

I think it would be a great idea to turn the Republican convention into a Telethon for hurricane relief.


If you recall, the last Telethon for hurricane relief was a big success. Therefore they should get some of the same players who raised all that relief money the last time. Particularly Kanye West who honestly pointed out that…

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

In fact let Kanye MC the Telethon. Now that would be a great event!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 1, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

This is a little like the “McCain in the Baghdad Marketplace” moment. How much personnel will get pulled off from desperately needed duties in order for McCain to get his photo-op? Can you imagine the cries of “presumptuousness” and worse if Barack Obama had done this? But it gets worse, much worse. Now there’s talk of turning the Republican National Convention (peopled by the very same Wingnut types who thought that those Ninth Ward citizens should have drowned rather than look to the government to help evacuate them during Katrina) into a telethon of sorts for Gulf Coast relief?!?!


Here's Grampy McCain and Bush yucking it up over McCain's birthday cake while Katrina is slamming into NOLA in 2005:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/bush%20and%20mccain%20-%20%20hurricane%20katrina/asclepias410/mccain-bush-katrina.jpg?o=1
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Posted by: McCain - 8, 9, 10 houses? | September 1, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

If Palin is a grandmother, then Obama is a Muslim.

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

Three years ago: Bush and McCain take the cake while Katrina takes New Orleans

To be frank, not even a Helen of Troy could undo what Nixon hath wrought. Wal-Mart, Gonzalez... we know where the problems started!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Pat Buchanan...."I hate Jews"..
Sarah Palin...."I'm with Pat"

Posted by: :-) | August 31, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Private citizens can do much more for people than government.

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM

---------------Totally right
As private a citizen McCain was cutting his Birthday cake and having cocktails as New Orleans was sinking. Happy Birthday John

Sarah is so sweet she really is a great grandmum.

Posted by: :-) | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Jack:

Are you going to actually answer questions, or just spam the threads?

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jack | August 31, 2008 8:07 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 8:06 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 8:06 PM | Report abuse

JACK:

You still haven't answered my questions from the last thread you posted these smears -- she does not believe the earth is flat either -- as for her position on Israel, some Jewish groups have no problem with her nomination:

http://www.jewishblogging.com/blog.php?bid=156843

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 7:59 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 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Please PLEASE keep up with the political attacks while the GOP does the right thing with their convention.

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN VOTED AGAINST RELIEF MEASURES FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

McCain Voted Against Emergency Funding Bill, Including $28 Billion for
Hurricane Relief. McCain voted against passage of the Emergency
Supplemental Appropriations of 2006. It would provide more than $28 billion
for hurricane relief, approximately $2.3 billion for pandemic flu
preparations and $1.9 billion for border security efforts. [2006 Senate
Vote #112, 5/4/2006]

McCain Voted Against Five Months of Medicaid For Hurricane Katrina
Victims. McCain voted against an amendment to provide emergency health care
and other relief for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The amendment would
grant access to Medicaid to Hurricane Katrina victims for up to five
months; it also provided full federal funding for Medicaid in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama for up to one year; provided $800 million to
compensate providers caring for Katrina evacuees; it temporarily suspended
the Medicare Part B late enrollment penalty; and permitted states hit by
Katrina or serving evacuees to access the TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy
Families) Contingency Fund. It would be offset with funds unspent by FEMA.
[2005 Senate Vote #285, 11/3/2005]

McCain Voted Twice Against Establishing A Commission To Study The
Response To Hurricane Katrina. McCain voted twice against establishing a
Congressional commission to examine Federal, State, and local response to
devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf Region; and
making immediate corrective measures to improve future responses. [2006
Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005]

Posted by: JACK | August 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama went on New Orleans talk radio to encourage all to follow safety measures and evacuate. He has mobilized almost 2 million donors and volunteers ready to move. He is a quick thinking and smart leader in a time of need! McCain voted against Katrina aid and now goes down there for a photo op and a proclamation that anyone could make. He grandstanded and got in the way! He's a fake leader and a fool!

Posted by: robby10001 | August 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Private citizens can do much more for people than government.

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN VOTED AGAINST RELIEF MEASURES FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

McCain Voted Against Emergency Funding Bill, Including $28 Billion for
Hurricane Relief. McCain voted against passage of the Emergency
Supplemental Appropriations of 2006. It would provide more than $28 billion
for hurricane relief, approximately $2.3 billion for pandemic flu
preparations and $1.9 billion for border security efforts. [2006 Senate
Vote #112, 5/4/2006]

McCain Voted Against Five Months of Medicaid For Hurricane Katrina
Victims. McCain voted against an amendment to provide emergency health care
and other relief for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The amendment would
grant access to Medicaid to Hurricane Katrina victims for up to five
months; it also provided full federal funding for Medicaid in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama for up to one year; provided $800 million to
compensate providers caring for Katrina evacuees; it temporarily suspended
the Medicare Part B late enrollment penalty; and permitted states hit by
Katrina or serving evacuees to access the TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy
Families) Contingency Fund. It would be offset with funds unspent by FEMA.
[2005 Senate Vote #285, 11/3/2005]

McCain Voted Twice Against Establishing A Commission To Study The
Response To Hurricane Katrina. McCain voted twice against establishing a
Congressional commission to examine Federal, State, and local response to
devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf Region; and
making immediate corrective measures to improve future responses. [2006
Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005]

Posted by: jack | August 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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