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John and Sarah's Uninvited Guest

John McCain, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, was supposed to be sharing the limelight with his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Instead, the senator from Arizona has some unwanted company on the ticket: Hurricane Gustav.

After tearing across the Caribbean, the hurricane is churning its way up the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall near New Orleans sometime Monday. Earlier today, Mayor Ray Nagin called Gustav "the mother of all storms" and bluntly told citizens of the Crescent City, "You need to be scared, you need to get your butts out of New Orleans." Gustav is predicted to slam into the Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. That's the same force that produced the storm surge that crumbled levees and turned New Orleans into a bathtub of misery that was made worse by the lackluster response from Washington.

"I have every expectation that we will not see the mistakes of [Hurricane] Katrina repeated," McCain said via satellite from St. Louis after visiting the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency earlier in the day. And with the Ghost of Katrina swirling around him, McCain tore up the convention schedule. He said, "This is a time we have to do away with party politics" and act as Americans.

Making sure that "Nothing we do distracts from activities in the Gulf," McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis announced that the convention would open at 4 p.m. ET Monday and last only 150 minutes to take care of basic business. There will be no speeches. Folks throwing parties here in the Twin Cities were asked to be respectful and to raise money to help those who will be impacted by the storm. As for the rest of the convention, Davis said, "We're not making any commitments past 5:30 tomorrow afternoon."

Harold is right to point out that Gustav is good for McCain because it gets Bush and Vice President Cheney out of his hair. But instead of basking in the attention that comes with a nominating convention, McCain has no choice but to watch the nation's eyes avert to the other end of the Mississippi River. Instead of separating himself from the Bush admininstration, McCain is yoked to it as the nation is reminded of the shame of its response in the days after Katrina blew through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. But by stripping the convention down to its essential elements, calling for a cessation in partisanship and urging the Republicans gathered here to donate money to relief efforts, McCain is living up to the motto of his convention, "Country First."

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 31, 2008; 5:55 PM ET
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Au contraire. MdCain is showing us he's a great American. Do you think the dems would have dismantled their circus tent in Denver if Gustav had hit a few days earlier? Hell NO, they'd be furiously denouncing from the cardboard altar the failures of the Bushies, just as you are doing here.

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

Gustav... who cares?

Apparently, everyone!

Democrats hoping that Gustav "nails" Bourbon Street, again!

Republicans hoping for a "near miss" but claiming "victory" based on the "prayers and planning" of the GOP base.

Let's just hope that People aren't killed and the catastrophic actions of New Orleans past is never repeated.

In closing, BUSH-CHENEY... "YOU OWN THAT ONE, BUSTER"

Posted by: randy | August 31, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

jonjon and the rest of you cynics insult all Americans; liberal, conservative, or otherwise by thinking the Democrats wouldn't care if the hurricane was disrupting their convention.
Yours is the perfect example of how hate is ruining our country

Posted by: Julie | August 31, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

McLame and the GOP. Might as well be on the TV show LOST>

The Republicans are now running from McLame faster than George Bush. No one wants to go to the GOP convention. I don't blame them, who wants to listen to these bitter old folk talk. One more POW story and I am going to Hurl. Your not a POW anymore. Welcome Home. Now go check into the home. Your'e obviously out of touch with reality. You chose some women you met once on a chat line from Alaska. She was the mayor of a town smaller than my high school. WOW what an excellent choice. GOP be afraid very afraid, this guy scares me more than BUSH.

OBAMA Rules. McLame your a tool.
Later from the Big Sky of Montana.

Posted by: Montana | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Not to make light but gag me with a spoon. Don't you worry Jonathan. By the time this hurricane gets going we will see McCain personally directing the relief efforts and acting all presidential. McCain's problem is that he is not a good enough politician to pull this "I'll be a president who cares" crap off. This won't end well for either the Gulf Coast or John McCain. All the media spin that the GOP has been able to buy won't be able to sell us the turd McCain. Dear God, I can't wait for No Drama Obama to be our president.

Posted by: Mary | August 31, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I think this is good news for McCain.
He and the GOP have no message, no vision, no direction. I just can't imagine what they would talk about all those days. I think McCain would be happy to cancel the whole thing altogether.

Posted by: thor | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The Dem's Would be to busy signing up celeb's for there circus act of a convention to be concerned with relief if this was happening during there convention.

Posted by: Brandon | August 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say that McCain is living up to the motto "Country first." He's just doing what he needs to do if he doesn't want to be accused of fiddling while Rome floods.

Posted by: Durant Imboden | August 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

How come McCain wasn't helping out in the Caribbean with Gustuv? He has no problem sending troops to other countries to "help" them.

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It's so sick that Dems want to take advantage of a natural disaster like Gustav. I heard many Dems wish Gustav could do a damage worse than Katrina so they could point fingers once again...

Posted by: Jeremy | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish that the Washington Compost could come up with a non bias article that was worth reading.

Posted by: brandon | August 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I've concluded that the ONLY thing worse than Obama getting elected and breaking his campaign promises is McCain getting elected and keeping his.

Posted by: Sean Hanity | August 31, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Why postpone the convention for wheather 1500 miles away?? McCain can't focus. But hey I wouldn't mind hitting on Palin if I were McCain. He's chased as much pussy as Billy Clinton

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

on the contrary, dear friend. everyone is talking about senator mccain and governor palin in great ways. even gustav cannot dampen the enthusiasm for them. many of us are hoping that "the obamination" and his mouthy sidekick, "joe binladen" would make a guest appearance in new orleans at the height of the storm and get washed out to sea.

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

God his watching for the blood flowed under GOP watch in iraq missguided war.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

GOP=Gargantuan Obscene PooP! as evidenced by the bitter poppa McCain--Insane, the next natural disasater father of all American disasters if he elected the next worst president twin to GW Bush! The USA will be a past civilization overtaken by
Republican Repugnant GREED! It's sheer
IGNORANCE that got us here today,If you even think real enlightened education is expensive; take a second look at the results of today's state of America courtesy the conservative efforts of IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Nate Meta | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

We should be proud McCain survived as a POW, not be insulting and rude. I rather see him in office than "Drama Obama". He is the one I am FEAR. We know how McCain feels as an American - and is proud to be one. Obama isn't proud of being an American - doesn't place his hand on his heart for the pledge of allegiance. Where exactly is his allegiance? What do we know about him - he is for abortion, not wanting to spend money to protect our country - the fear I have is just who is he for? Is he an American or just pretending to be. His wife is rarely "proud to be an American".
What will these two people bring for us to have faith in. It certainly doesn't sound like it will be God. Anyone who doesn't speak of God, I'm fearful of what they really believe in and place their faith in.
God help America as we vote in November that the Light will be revealed and God's choice will be decided.

Posted by: Carolina Proud | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's track down that Dr. Dobson who told everyone to pray for torential rain over Denver on the night of Obama's speech and tar and feather him! Apparently God resents such requests and turned on us.

Posted by: Rush Limbaugh | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

well at least when this thing hits and gas is 5 bucks a gallon we can always do what Obama says and inflate or tires and get tune ups. That's about the most progressive energy independence plan I have ever herd from a dem.

Posted by: brandon | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

well at least when this thing hits and gas is 5 bucks a gallon we can always do what Obama says and inflate or tires and get tune ups. That's about the most progressive energy independence plan I have ever herd from a dem.

Posted by: bill clinton | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Carolina Proud... Shut the f*ck up!

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Gustav won't kill near as many American's as the Bush-McCain Iraq mistake/Afghanistan loss of focus.

Posted by: Gustav | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

jonjon speculates about what the Democrats would've done if Gustav hit during their festivities. We'll never know. But everyone knows for dead certain what Bush and his cronies didn't do in 2005.

Posted by: rpence | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I’m sorry, but it looks like the Republican party is taking advantage of the emergency to run away from themselves. Are they really planning to use a natural disaster as a campaign event, with photo-ops and staged speeches? The big payoff is, they’ll be able to keep Bush and Cheney away from St. Paul. In fact, I’m waiting for a FEMA order for the evacuation of the whole Twin Cities area.

Their spokesmen have been saying the party is “energized” by the hope of running as some other party, rather than as itself. Demoralized and (rightly) shamed over the administration they inflicted on the country, they are showing shallowness and cowardice in refusing responsibility for their party’s dismal record.

This convention (if it happens) is a cynical effort to put a fresh “new” face on the same morally bankrupt party. The hard-right base are the same people who brought us George Bush as the Nascar-watching, sports-loving, good-buddy, low intellectual accomplishment, born again president. Look where that got us.

Bush, McCain and Palin have this in common: none of them has shown any interest, in their whole lives, in the kind of mental heavy-lifting needed to actually lead the executive branch of the greatest power on earth. McCain rode his Admiral’s-son ticket to the Naval Academy, where his performance showed nothing but contempt for the opportunity. Bush did the same in an ivy league college. Sarah at least trained in journalism, but to be a sportscaster. Under cover of light-weights such as these, the far-right neocons have pursued policies that have wasted, killed, maimed, crippled, and disgraced our country and its people.

They are looking forward to a fantasy of inventing a clean new identity, under cover of belated concern for the Gulf Coast.

Posted by: Mary Porter | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

well at least when this thing hits and gas is 5 bucks a gallon we can always do what Obama says and inflate or tires and get tune ups. That's about the most progressive energy independence plan I have ever herd from a dem.

Posted by: bill clinton | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++

Hey jerk! Go to barackobama.com and read his 14 page energy plan, THEN post your BS.

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I say, NO negroes as president of the USA.

Posted by: scott | August 31, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey,

Lets send Oprah and that Huffington witch. Cuz, ya know, Oprah knows what is good for America and Huffington would make a good sandbag...uh, I mean gasbag.

Posted by: Left Wing Nutcase | August 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't McCain open up 6 of his 7 homes to refugees? Oh... He doesn't know he has 7 homes. I forgot.

Posted by: Rush Limbaugh | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

God sent Gustav to punish you for supporting Sarah Palin.

Timothy 2:11-12
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

Posted by: God sent Gustav | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain's trip to the hurricane zone is just a cynical attempt to exploit ordinary people's suffering so that he can look faux-Presidential. It serves no useful purpose whatsoever. Barack Obama is doing the wise thing by staying put and offering to help in other ways, such as using his email list to mobilize volunteers for post-storm relief efforts.

Posted by: Patrick | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

How can people claim that Dems wouldn't do anything, when Obama is trying to raise funds for relief through his massive email database? I'm not saying McCain isn't doing enough, but just know that Obama is helping.

Posted by: Luke | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

To Brandon,

You managed to make 3 spelling mistakes in one sentence: "to" should be "too"; "there" should be their" (twice). Also, you capitalized a word that shouldn't have been.

As a Republican myself, I would appreciate it if you would take more care in expressing your well-considered opinions so that readers will take them more seriously.

Posted by: Bob | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Huricane has nothing to do with convention. Either republicans need to have convention or admit that they are just afraid that huricane will take some of the TV audience, they are afraid that it wont be nearly good as DNC. They don't care about poeple at all. Republicans know that this RNC is just one hell of embarasing moments; No president, No Vice president, No past presidential candidates, New inexpirienced VP, No supporters, have to say something against Bush but can't, what else, God knows. What a mess but huricane saved their asses.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a feeble witted old gasbag.
What's next, "We're all New Orleanians now"?

Posted by: henst | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

A potential catastrophe looms for the gulf coast US

Perhaps we should ignore what any political candidate is saying right now, and ensure that our current government officials do everything they can to help citizens survive and recover in the days coming

Posted by: Mill | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain skipping the convention and accepting the nomination by satellite? Another slick way for him to hide his awkward, socially inept image that's just beginning to show like a pregnant sophomore. He can't read a teleprompter. He looked like a stumbling bumpkin introducing Gov. Palin on Friday. Picking his fingernails, fiddling with his wedding ring, he projects his nervous clumsy image. No wonder he holds on tight when he exits his airplane. By accepting his nomination by satellite he's trying hard to hide this image deficiet from a large public audience, many who will be judging him for the first time.

Country First? Who is this guy trying to fool? It's John McCain first. He's parlayed a POW status into a national career in politics.

Posted by: BaahBaLoo | August 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

After listening to many of the speeches given at the Democratic Convention, I think they would have welcomed a day or two off from the speeches.

So many speeches saying nothing more than McCain is the same as Bush for four dates straight is enough to grate on anyone's nerves.

Posted by: Renaldo | August 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

John McCain only gives a disaster such as Gustav a second thought when it is politically advantageous. He voted against emergency funding for Katrina victims, so trying to make up for it now is merely another example of pandering

Posted by: mhelms | August 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

If resume and experience count for anything, Palin is more qualified than Obama.

Palin is only running for VP, while Obama is running for President.

http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-vs-barack-obama/

Now who's more qualified?

Are less qualified men (Obama) more qualified just because they're men?

Posted by: Matk | August 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: . | August 31, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I say, NO negroes as president of the USA.

Posted by: scott | August 31, 2008 9:21 PM

++++++++++++++++++++

We don't reject Obama because he's a negro, we don't want him because he's a democrat. Democrats are evil! They bombed Hiroshima, Berlin, and threatened Cuba just because the Soviets put missiles there. Democrats like war too much. Look at the one they started in Korea in 1952. Korea never attacked us! Plus they want to send aid to third world countries. What do we care if they have AIDS and starve? EVIL!

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

But McCain's record on Hurricane Katrina suggests that he was part of the problem, not the solution. McCain was on Face the Nation on August 28, 2005, as Katrina gathered in the Gulf Coast. He said nothing about it. One day later, when Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, McCain was on a tarmac at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, greeting President Bush with a cake in celebration of McCain's 69th birthday. Three days later, with the levees already breached and New Orleans filling with water, McCain's office released a three-sentence statement urging Americans to support the victims of the hurricane.

Though McCain issued a statement the next week calling on Congress to make sacrifices in order to fund recovery efforts, he was quoted in The New Leader on September 1 cautioning against over-spending in support of Katrina's victims. "We also have to be concerned about future generations of Americans," he said. "We're going to end up with the highest deficit, probably, in the history of this country."

That attitude was borne out in McCain's actions and votes. Forty Senators and 100 members of Congress visited New Orleans before he did; he finally got there in March 2006. He voted against establishing a Congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local responses to Katrina in med-September 2005. He repeated that vote in 2006. He voted against allowing up to 52 weeks of unemployment benefits to people affected by the hurricane, and in 2006 voted against appropriating $109 billion in supplemental emergency funding, including $28 billion for hurricane relief.

Posted by: Truth Only | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Against my better judgment, I feel the need to respond to you empty headed liberals. McCain is a great American, and has earned more respect than he is receiving here. He has contributed more to this country than I am sure any of you ever will. And Montana, I noticed your uninformed reference to Gov. Palin's record as the mayor of a small town, but glancing over the fact that she has been Governor for two years, while Obama has no executive experience AT ALL.

Remember folks don't drink the cool aid. Then again, maybe we would be better off if you did!

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

"

well at least when this thing hits and gas is 5 bucks a gallon we can always do what Obama says and inflate or tires and get tune ups. That's about the most progressive energy independence plan I have ever herd from a dem."
Posted by: brandon | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM
Posted by: bill clinton | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM

the past tense of "to hear" is HEARD. A herd is a group of animals, e.g., horses or cattle.

cheers!

Sam

Posted by: Sam | August 31, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Katrina? We, on the Panhandle of Florida, still are just now recovering from IVAN (9-16-04) a year earlier. Who's helping US? Get over it. Katrina Schmerina!!!!! We were FIRST!

Posted by: Richard J Gangwish II | August 31, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

After listening to many of the speeches given at the Democratic Convention, I think they would have welcomed a day or two off from the speeches.

So many speeches saying nothing more than McCain is the same as Bush for four dates straight is enough to grate on anyone's nerves.

Posted by: Renaldo | August 31, 2008 9:27 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++

I agree. It's always better to listen to 4 days of "democrats will increase your taxes, they'll for wave the white flag of surrender, and if they're elected, gay islamic terrorists will come for your guns and bibles."

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

During anxious times in his race for the White House, John McCain appeared to be at a disadvantage and gambled much of his entire campaign on the "surge." High risk John barely resemble The Original Maverick, other than his habit of making the big gamble for his own special interests.

The clear difference is that the gun toting, poker playing pacifist, Brett Maverick, was a man of polished diplomacy skills, combined with a higher level of character. The riverboat gambler is the similarity. The difference is that James Garner and Mel Gibson were actors playing a schemer. McCain is just the opposite...minus their class and sense of humor.

Posted by: Can You Handle the Truth? | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Dang!

I love to chat politics but people please! We Americans need to know that John McCain and Barack Obama can't do a thing but make promises.

So let's get ready to help our people clean up and get back on their feet.

The emergency responders - fire, police and paramedics are about to go on triple overtime to save lives. What are you gonna do? Have another drink and write a scathing blog post? Get to the Red Cross website:
http://www.redcross.org/ and GIVE!

Put on your American hat (made in China)
and let's get busy with what matters NOW!

Posted by: We All on the Guff Coast | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Wake up people -- there is a potential disaster looming. Can we just put aside political partisanship and pray for those it will affect? It seems that there are people on both sides that are trying to put blame on someone, or actually be glad this is happening. Once it is over, we can get back to trying to kill each other verbally.


Posted by: John from KC | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Half the republicans are not even showing for the convention. I hear Arnold cancelled as well. What are they going to say? POW, POW, POW

Posted by: Ross | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

you are an idiot!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Against my better judgment, I feel the need to respond to you empty headed liberals. McCain is a great American, and has earned more respect than he is receiving here. He has contributed more to this country than I am sure any of you ever will. And Montana, I noticed your uninformed reference to Gov. Palin's record as the mayor of a small town, but glancing over the fact that she has been Governor for two years, while Obama has no executive experience AT ALL.

Remember folks don't drink the cool aid. Then again, maybe we would be better off if you did!


Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM

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I agree. The list of accomplishments are as follows:

Keeting 5

Supports everything Bush did and wants to do

Brought Jerry Fawell and Hagee back into the Republican fold after insulting them

Opposed McCain/Feingold after introducing it

Porked a rich lobbyist for 9 months before getting caught, THEN had the decency to file for divorce

Signed a confession to the Vietcong and let them make a propaganda tape of it

Crashed four 1 million dollar jets

Graduated 3rd from the bottom of his class at the academy

Became an obnoxious Rovian politician

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

People, your comments are horrible most of the time. This is very serious. People will be injured, some will die, most will lose their possessions, including their houses. This will disrupt families for a long time; illnesses will occur. Any you speak of politics!! Shame on you who do this. You should be saying prayers for the victims and deciding how you will aid them with their needs. When I read some of these comments, I'm ashamed of some of our Americans.

Posted by: Judy Law | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mary Porter:
I love how both parties blame the other of being "morally bankrupt". It looks like two wrongs, actually just make another wrong. However, I do partially agree with you. Both parties should STFU and get over themselves, and let real living humans deal with our problems. Politicans = death

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

I saw Obama on Sixty minutes tonight. Wow what a class act. No wonder he has the good sense and caring to stay out of the way of the exodus from New Orleans. But McCain and Palin ran to the area tying up all sorts of police and emergency workers with their enterage. What a pair of idiots!

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

"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."
"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."
"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."
"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."
"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."
"I'm qualified to be President because I was a POW."

Posted by: McCain_08 | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The dems are surely more left leaning and caring about their fellow man than any Republicans will ever be - the slogan a "Compassionate Conservative" was created to try and convince us that money inst more important than people to the republicans. The democrats wouldn't have to try to care about new Orleans they would really care. McSames actions around the convention are nothing more than show, its the three card Monty only done on a national scale.

Posted by: american | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why "GUSTAV" is coming on the day of so called "republican convention" day.What a CO-INCIDENT.After eight years of Bush-Chainey,john mccain the "3 Rd term Bush". What john Mccain will say anyway.After all this is time for "Change". thanks god.

Posted by: mksyed | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin may be the problem - not Gustav !

Who is the mother and father of TRIG ???

When one is pregnant is it not normal to bulge a little?
Where was Palin's 16 year old daughter for the latter 6 months of the pregnancy?

Posted by: Richard Donaldson-Alves | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Gustav peters out and becomes nothing.

God help us... NO GUSTAV LANDFALL!!!

As for the newly minted dream-team of McCain/Palin.. I believe this does not stop their momentum one bit.

In fact, it provides a means for our country to pull together and stop the "anonymous-ness" that we are so accustomed to.

Let's see the most helpful response of government and candidates in history.

Let's see Americans helping Americans and making things better in this time of peril.

Posted by: Hans | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Why would McCain help anyone? He called U.S. citizens "a nation of whiners," most likely he'll just let the storm rip New Orleans to pieces and tell the people to take care of themselves. No aid money for them either, had to give that to people with 5 million dollars or more for another tax cut!

Posted by: Stephan Larose | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

No Negroes for President. Black men are irresponsible and ignorant. They just want any black guy in the White House.

Posted by: Second that | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a photo op professional. He held a supposed rally at his wifes alma mater high school last week. He accepts the football jerseys and then trots out a semi washed up, Hispanic rap/pop music star.McCain barely said a word.

The whole thing took 10 minutes max and then McCain bolted. He did though, get 'Hispanic endorsement' articles plastered all over the internet the next day. It's a little known secret they try to keep quiet, but he has such a strong reputation as a media *hore in Washington and Arizona that his staff still gets calls from the yellow page companies every year.

Their marketing leads have McCain scientifically indicated as a potential prospect for the "Incall/Outcall" section of the YELLOW BOOK.

He'll do it again with this hurricane. His campaign recently jumped on Obama with the "He's a Senator" argument. "What can he do meeting with leaders in The Middle East?" It's Bush's job to handle this hurricane, not McCains job. Johnny McWadd is looking once again for that'money shot.'

His see through antics remind me of a bad actor in dirty, terribly sleazy movie.

Posted by: Steve Kelson | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, on Nov 5th you will be saying President McCain and Nobama will join the ranks of Democratic losers along with Gore, Kerry, et al.

Posted by: Bobby Reed | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse


The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time the GOP starts their convention. The timing of Gustav appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side.

Everything’s cool!!!

Posted by: Dandy Dem Don Fowler (Past DNC Chairman) | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Say prayers. I'll give you an AMEN!

But please know that the people who lose everything in this storm are praying that you won't forget them!

go to the wbsite:
http://www.redcross.org/

GIVE!
Pray and GIVE!

NOW won't you let me hear an AMEN!

Posted by: We All on the Guff Coast | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, on Nov 5th you will be saying President McCain and Nobama will join the ranks of Democratic losers along with Gore, Kerry, et al.

Posted by: Bobby Reed | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Mit romeny and pewlenty are pissed they didnt get the nod from mccain also they found joe lieberman in a local pub all bent over look like he had a few too many.

SO mccain and his new sidekick palin are going to go to ground zero of where the huricane hits go in for some good photo ops looking like they are concerned about the devastation. They will give out a few handouts and water.. Hey mccain could fit half of new orleans residents in all his houses.. id give him props if he told the news he will fill all his houses with peopel that have no place to go

Posted by: pissed off pawlenty | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

The main thing is freedom. Now, Barack doesn't understand that Bin Laden was gonna use all them WMDs and nuculer weapons against us but because of our comanerincheaf and the heros out there on the front line, we got him. McCain won't let us get fooled again by the Arabs and evil ones. Freedom is why we fight, it keeps us safe from terror and shows what a hero is made of. Have you noticed that since 9/11 we have not been attacked? See? It is the strength of our majestic freedom soaring like a screeching war eagle high over the hot arab desert with blood dripping from its angry talons. McCain knows the power of this eagle and the heroic force of freedom that flows from its' breast.

Posted by: Ezekiel Ezra Jones | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that the day Katrina made landfall three years ago, McCain was in Arizona celebrating his 69th birthday with his buddy George Bush. Theres's a picture worth a thousand words of the two men eating cake. Marie Antoinette comes to mind.

Posted by: Deeplip | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

WOW...as I am reading all of these posts, I am APPALLED by the hatred, bigotry,archaic, and selfish attitudes...and the finger pointing and name calling...Is this what we have come to as a Nation???...Selfish and self-centeredness and "my opinion"(as all of you have stated here) is THE ONLY opinion that counts!!!! For God's sake, is ANYONE out there thinking of others; helping out in their communities TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE??? Do we need to wait to see who becomes President to take action???
YOU are responsible for making the change!!!!
Deb, here in Louisiana, waiting out the storm and praying that no lives are taken.
Why don't all of you DO something constructive in your communities to make a difference in the lives of others.

Posted by: deb_in_Louisiana | August 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I intend to vote against the evil of two lessers: against Obama and against McCain. I will vote FOR Ron Paul if I can write him in or for Chuck Baldwin failing that. Mrs. Palin, despite the fact that she is McCain's running mate and a Republican, is actually a fresh wind in an otherwise quite foul air. Right now, as a Louisianan, I request that y'all pray for us if you can put aside the partisan bickering: by Thursday, Gustav - the staff of the gods - will have killed some of us, maimed some of us, left some of us homeless and destroyed lots of property. I have no allegiance to the general government in Washington and little allegiance to the one in Baton Rouge. The only officers of the polis whom I currently trust are the sheriffs of Natchitoches and Red River Parishes. The rest of them can kick cinders in hell as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: Bonnieblue | August 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

As someone born and raised in Louisiana and who knows exactly what Katrina did to my home, I am entitled to have an opinion as to who was primarily responsible for that nightmare, and it wasn't Bush. He hasn't been a good president, but face it, it was never his responsibility to get those people out of New Orleans. Katrina was a failure of New Orleans city government, planning, and most of all governor Blanco. She sat crying on Tv while the city flooded. She should have had the national guard moving days in advance. You should also know that the 12 billion dollars allocated for levee repairs is going into the pockets of New Orleans politicians and businessmen. They've been syphoning money from this city for years, and everyone here knows it. It's truly a joke. As far as that situation goes, you can blame Ray Nagin for going to extrordinary lengths to get those votes that he so needed from those who once lived in the 9th Ward and were evacuated to Houston. LA politicians have proven very skilled in catering to a population of voters who want nothing more than to be provided for. They've taken one of the richest states in terms of natural resources and squandered it. Its citizens are paying the price. I can see the cracks in the levee. If Gustav floods this city, again, then it will be the fault of the New Orleans city government, again.

Posted by: Andrew | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The prospective dividends to McCain from a truncated convention may be fewer than forecast here. If any of the levees in New Orleans breaks and Katrina or a semblance of it repeats, it will not be a benign development. A Republican administration has had three years to do "a heck of a job" in New Orleans, yet the levees are reportedly still not guaranteed to be ready. There is one dividend for the public, however: we might not have to endure McCain attempting to give a speech.

Posted by: Ward | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

carolina proud, you are carloina dumb. Do you believe the lies you posted or just posting them? Obama does put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. The photo was taken during the National Anthem, which does not require hand/heart, otherwise 95% of Americans would be considered un-American. Won't spend money to protect the country. Name one time he voted against funds for the troops, including veterans benefits that mccain did not vote for.
His wife has been proud to be an American, just prouder that a black man could be nominated for president. Guess you missed Obama at the Saddlebrook meeting where he declared his love for Christ. Obama worked his way up the ladder, a real example of the American dream, while mccain's been living of US tax dollars and his father's and grandfather's legacies his whole life. So there, all your lies refuted.

Posted by: mike l | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

We don't get a second chance to do what's right. NOW is the time. A storm is coming and we can sit and observe about who had it coming. Or we can realize that storms don't care whether you vote Republican or Democrat.

It's time to step up and get to work. The Lord can take away all danger and all suffering. But when the Lord sees suffering come he looks to you and me to see what we will do to help.

So I'm not impressed by your speeches and your smart political comments. I'm not moved by your cynicism and hate. I'm ready to speak out to you and tell you that your people are suffering and the judgment is on you to act or remain unmoved.

Go to: http://www.redcross.org/
And GIVE!

You can give your opinion later. Right now you have to give what you can to those who need you tonight.

Posted by: We All on the Guff Coast | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Simple math.

Republican congress plus Republican president equals 9/11, a bungled war, surpluses to deficits, a shredded Constitution, and a mangled economy. The Democrats aren't totally guiltless, they let this all happen. But the war, the waste, the loss -- this was all a Republican project.

Now we could have a Democratic president and Congress. Please tell me how they could do worse? Is Obama going to invade Canada? Will he make it legal to burn witches in the public square (something I'm surprised the Republicans haven't argued for lately.) Will he bring back slavery?

Guys, you can roll the dice for four more years of Bush -- because Mcdisdain for good governance has made his intentions clear with his absurd VP pick -- or go for the party that brought us three FDRs for every Carter as opposed to a party that has given us ten Garfields for every Eisenhower. I'll take the bet and raise it. I want a blue country, I'm tired of us bleeding red.

Posted by: Lost in Texas | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

- Someone in this country prayed to God for direction, on who to vote for in 2008 -

As a result of that:

"THANK YOU GOD" for sending us mere mortals this sign. Something clearly not manmade..

"THANK YOU GOD" for reminding us of the
disgraceful & lackluster response the Republican Controlled White House & Congress provided to it's U.S. citizens in the South. When we've forgotten whom's we are, and how we've been repeatedly misled... you remind us in a mighty timely way.

~God Bless!

Posted by: IndependentVoter2007 | August 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

HMMMM.....

Maybe... just maybe, God's sending us a bipartisan sign.

Maybe the timing is actually 'right' after all.


Posted by: IndependentVoter2007 | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain is doing what he thinks is best for his campaign. He is a wily, sly, ruthless, mean spirited old toad. He is trying to take the lead in this event away from Obama and in so doing walking all over our real president. Plus, for him to take his old tail into the zone of danger in order to hold a press conference just reaffirms my image of him a juvenile and reckless. He needs to grow up and own his party's failure! His VP choice allows him to distract from the issues for a while.

As I've said elsewhere, he is on the run away from the bread and butter issues. Gustav gives a few more days to hide. But, as we should all know by now, Obama is patient and will give him his due in time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is doing what he thinks is best for his campaign. He is a wily, sly, ruthless, mean spirited old toad. He is trying to take the lead in this event away from Obama and in so doing walking all over our real president. Plus, for him to place himself into the zone of danger in order to hold a press conference just reaffirms my image of him a juvenile and reckless. He needs to grow up! His VP choice has given him a few days of reprieve.

But, as I've said elsewhere, he is on the run away from the bread and butter issues. Gustav gives a few more days to hide. But, as we should all know by now, Obama is patient and will give him his due in time.

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

I'm sure the man who packed his wife and children and all their belongings into a Chevy Lumina for the drive north to a Red Cross shelter is relieved to know that God is punishing Republicans.

Now that you know that 2 million are happily suffering for your political hopes, perhaps you could find it in your heart to help your people!

Go to: http://www.redcross.org/

And GIVE!

Posted by: We All on the Guff Coast | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

My parents are hard working people and they have always taught us to be responsible for ourselves. The first step of being responsible is getting education and get a good paying job so that you can take care of your family and yourself when you are old. You see if these people are responsible than Katrina would not have been a big problem. The problems with people living in the south is that they are irresponsible. They did not have parents to teach them to be responsible for themselves because they are too many unwedded mothers. All their lives, they did whatever the democratic party tell them what to do and forgot to realize their potential and the good things life have to offer them. Democratic party told them to depend on the government for handouts and they did. I don't know about you but I am sick and tire of the high taxes I have to pay to keep these people stay in welfare. Obama is right. We need changes, but not the kind of changes he is offering. The changes these people need is teaching them to be responsible. The first lesson should be taught by John Edwards, and that is, don't sleep around because you could have a baby. the second is, don't have a baby if you can't take care of him/her. No babies mean no sex.

Posted by: Meemi | August 31, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

At 9:14 pm, August 31, 2008, Mark called Obama "the obamination" and Biden "Bin Laden". Hey Mark, do ya think that Obama could be that "Awful Person" in spoken of in Daniel 11 that commits the "Abomination of Desolation"? And that Biden Bi-n La-Den is his "False Prophet"? Geeze, I don't know, but Obama "frightens" me more than a Category 3 Hurricane, or a 4 or even a 5 for that matter, including "Gusto" Gustav.

I mean cheeese and wheeeze, anyone can get up and give a "GREAT" speech that promises everyone "Pie, Pig or Pork in the Trough" and a "Cadillac in Everyone's Garage with FREE Gas for Life" but how's he gonna pay for these things and DEFEND America against it's enemies, both foreign and Domestic, which would be his "First" Constitutional Duty, if elected? It's no wonder it's so easy to be a Democrat...just promise 'em "the Sky's the Limit" and ya'll "buy" all the votes ya need!

...I hear the "Tax Man" and his hordes of "Revenooers" acomin'. Don't get me wrong, as a "Party Pooper" Independent I don't give Republicans an ounce more respect, but just maybe, this time around at a time, the "Lesser of Two Evils" or the "Greater of Beauty [Palin only--Gawd what a "Butt Kickin' Babe"], which is truly the "Best We can Commonly Hope For".

Posted by: Michael in Cincinnati | August 31, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama had a chance to root out corruption in the chicago style politics he encountered. Instead, he joined right in. Biden's resume line-item - I ride amtrak. In fact, he rides Acela, which is super-luxury Amtrak service, which is heavily subsidized by the taxpayer. It is a joke that they are touting that as his 'common man' approach. He gets served food at our expense. whooo, what a comman man.

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, run those pictures of McCain cutting his birthday cake while Katrina raged. After the cynical calculus that produced the Palin pick, nothing McCain does will ever change my opinion of him. Country first---baloney!

Posted by: Olive | August 31, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I just learned from this article that McCain was in Mississippi and looking into FEMA's preparedness. Why wasn't this made more public knowledge?

Obama had a headline that he was mobilizing his e-mail to get followers to help while McCain got zip.

The sad thing is I am on Obama's e-mail list and the last e-mail was another request for more money to meet the "August Deadline" for earnings reports.

I agree - John McCain is living his motto - "county first". I got to repsect that.

Posted by: McCain Needs More Coverage | August 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I look at all the comments on various news about our esteemed candidates.
How truly sad it all is. How many Americans have drunk the political party news media kool-aid, is frightening.
Do the candidates truly care about preventing another Katrina? Of course they do! Shame on all of you who imply otherwise. Would they use it as political fodder? Of course!
Should you believe anything promised by either candidate? Of course not! When the last time any president kept those promises?
Did McCain pick a woman simply because she was a woman? Duh!
It sure would be nice if we had a viable third party. Or even more than three.

Posted by: Jack Waldron | August 31, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Poor article about something that is not funny. Don't jump on people's pain. The Republicans are doing the appropriate thing, as I think the Democrats would have last week.

It is not pleasant when you lose your house. That happened to people in the news with Katrina, and it happened to friends of mine. And of course such people were lucky because they didn't lose their family to boot.

Grow up, Mr. Capehart. This is not grounds for humor.

Posted by: Pam | August 31, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

No matter what Mr. McCain does, the picture of McCain and Bush yukking it up and holding a birthday cake when Katrina struck, will not be forgotten. It is the perfect metaphor for the excesses and poor stewardship the Republicans have given us these last eight years.

And McCain proved he does not put "Country First" when he picked Palin as his VP. "Political Spin First" should be the convention's theme.

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

worldnewsdotcom reported that Ron paul was planning to have parallel convention(for his suporters) to that of RNC. if u want the link
www.worldnews.com

Posted by: francisdack | August 31, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is living up to the motto of his convention, "Country First.""

Are you kidding me? Was he putting country first when he vetoed three Katrina relief bills or when he vetoed a federal investation into the disastrous federal response?

That ridiculous windsor knot is obviously cutting off the circulation of oxygen to your brain.

Posted by: Dawn | September 1, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Everybody on both sides, stop it for Christ's sake! Both presidential candidates are taking this crisis very seriously and doing the right thing, and we the citizens of the United States need to be as responsible as them and stop this damned blame-game at each other immediately!

Posted by: Reverend Rock | September 1, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain snitched to the Viet Namese to get a better room and food. He hates America.

Posted by: Real McCain | September 1, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

You can see how frank McCain is with his "Country first" in the choice he did for his running mate. Just to win the election (even this is so shortsighted), after the election the deluge...What an old selfish man he is.

Posted by: baci | September 1, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

I bet Republicans are regretting having prayed for rain at the DNC convention now!

Posted by: woody | September 1, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

this election campaign is turning out just like an action flick - gritty underdog (pref. ex-military playboy maverick) has everything including a hurricane thrown at him, never looks like winning, but somehow holds on and prevails, kisses a brewer's daughter, re-affirms Traditional American Values.

Posted by: good swimmer | September 1, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

this election campaign is turning out just like an action flick - gritty underdog (pref. ex-military playboy maverick) has everything including a hurricane thrown at him, never looks like winning, but somehow holds on and prevails, kisses a brewer's daughter, re-affirms Traditional American Values.

Posted by: good swimmer | September 1, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain has absoluyely NO CHOICE but to do what he is doing regarding the convention. He is in a bind.

Posted by: ron | September 1, 2008 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's good for McCain so far; lots of evacuations, and he has curtailed the convention(which was smart.) But if the aftermath is a disaster, then it will be bad for Republicans in general.

After all, FEMA has never really been restored. So we really don't know how well disaster response will perform.

If, with the help of Jindal-who seems like a sharp, competent guy-the Republicans manage this well, it will rub off on McCain. But if things go badly...

Posted by: mollycoddle | September 1, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are generally poor at governing. Their anti-government point-of-view creates a self-fulfilling dynamic. McCain is just another Republican trying to win. Who knows...maybe he will...more of the same I guess. Obama wants to lead the country toward a more promising, hopeful future. He outlined a real contract for America in his speech.

Posted by: Paulus | September 1, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Scott, on August 31, you stated: "I say, NO negroes as president of the USA."

I supposed I've wanted to believe that no person as ignorant as you still existed in America. Alas, I was wrong.

Not only are you uneducated, you're a prime example that ignorance is running rampant. Allow me to enlighten you, the word Negro has not been used in decades to describe the African American race. The color of a candidate's skin is not the issue, it's what the candidate will deliver for the American people. There are dumb, uneducated, prejudice people in every race, which you've projected with your above statement. Sir, you're a shining example of why prejudice still exists in America. You are indeed a smear on the race from which you sprang.

If you're literate, I'd suggest that you read articles on the very artculate, well educated, well versed democratic candidate that's running for president of the USA. I'm sure I've just wasted energy and keystokes by attempting to introduce you to the real world, but as the old adages goes, "nothing beats a try but a failure."

Try using the Internet to obtain a little more education and information before posting comments on any and all online topics. If you do so, perhaps you just might be able to write a more coherent blog the next time you are so inclined to post. Oops, just in case you're unfamiliar with the word "coherent" it means logical.

Posted by: Carolyn Bates | September 1, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

My-My-many of the comments are how we Dems would handle Gustav--very well thank you--the Reps have a lot of ground to cover to make up for Katrina--and I belive they are doing the right thing--thank God!--we Dems did not pray for rain to spoil the Rep convention--Humm I recall the Reps prayed like crazy to rain on Obama-do not want to sound like a harpy sooo will quit while I'm ahead-- good article Jonathan PS will you ever wear your green tie again? Virginia Johnston

Posted by: Virginia Johnston | September 1, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

bush and cheney are probably thrilled that they don't have to appear at the GOP convention! They weren't welcome there in the first place after what they have done to this country AND their party! Besides, we ALL know how bush hates to have his vacations interrupted with business, even if it is a deadly hurricane much like Katrina. We all know how well THAT went for bush! ("Heckuva job Brownie!") LOL

I imagine ALL Republicans are relieved that bush and cheney will stay away! WHO wants to be associated with LOSERS???

Posted by: Amanda | September 1, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Jr. plans an fly over!

Posted by: Black Saint J | September 1, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain is using Gustav for another photo Op. His visit to the gulf area with his running mate is a criminal waste of time and resources by the local people, police, Secret Service and a host of others. He could express his concerns or send a fat check signed by his wife for recovery and stay away from the Gulf area. I don’t think he is going to do the latter.

Posted by: Uncle Sam | September 1, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Bad voodoo.

Repubs step on NO. McCain steps on Dem convention. Now Gustav steps on them.

Posted by: qaxbami | September 1, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

"The Rev" James Dobson and his evangelical minions had a prayer session going during the Democratic Convention urging God to deliver a storm to disrupt Barack Obama's open-air acceptance speech. Did God misunderstand and send Gustav instead? And if He did, was it to disrupt the GOP convention or to protect the McCain candidacy from having to own up to its intimacy with the Bush-Cheney record?

Posted by: orray | September 1, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

It is said that the suffering of some people sometimes turns into its opposite when those people do not have much to offer that rivals their opponents'.

Posted by: Chawsheen | September 1, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

McCain is totally gloating that Gustav means that he won't have to deal with Bush and Cheney showing up and a lackluster convention lineup. He is also jumping for joy that the press is focused on covering the storm and is too busy to ask him or Palin any hard questions. He gets to shop for photo ops that show him 'in action' doing anti-storm stuff. Hilarious. Where were McCain and his cronies during Katrina? Ordering formaldehyde-filled trailers? Where was Palin? Running her town that's the size of three big high schools?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

JONJON WROTE: "Au contraire. MdCain is showing us he's a great American. Do you think the dems would have dismantled their circus tent in Denver if Gustav had hit a few days earlier? Hell NO, they'd be furiously denouncing from the cardboard altar the failures of the Bushies, just as you are doing here."

Then score one for the Dems, if true. But in reality they would have done the same thing as the Republicans and for the same reason, because it's politically expedient.

This showy, pandering display of concern is also absolutely unnecessary. If Katrina had gone more smoothly (meaning relative to a city getting hit by a hurricane, of course) you wouldn't be seeing this. The message is, "Republicans really DO care." That's obvious to even a fourth-grader.

After it's over, they'll go back to not giving a rat's behind about the problems of America's cities. I'm not sure their vice-presidential candidate even knows what a black person is, let alone has ever met one.

Posted by: Mike D. | September 1, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The kamikazi, the divine wind, is named Gustav. It will sink Obama and raise McCain to the White House. Who says Zeus is not watching?

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

Hurricane threats are serious business. But if we learned anything from Katrina I thought that it was to have a government that is more prepared for such emergencies so that the entire country does not have to shut down every time there is a threat of bad weather. The Republican party's response to Gustav belies that preparedness and demonstrates how little has been done by their administration to prevent disasters like Katrina from happening again.

Posted by: Jeffrey | September 1, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I find it more than ironic (how about offensive?) that the party that has done its best to destroy the labor movement wants to start its national convention on labor day. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound!

Posted by: jihm | September 1, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Norman,

Gustav is hitting during the GOP convention and you think it's becuase God likes the GOP. If anything, it's just the opposite. God's trying to distract everyone from the GOP convention. Get the hint, listen harder. You might claim to be on God's side, but is God on your side?

Posted by: Ginger | September 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

God hates the GOP. I know, I just spoke with Him and he told me so.

Posted by: sanity | September 1, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

*******A NEOCONS DREAM********


As a Vietnam veteran and a Political Science major, I just can't wait to see do-do McCain as President of this declining country. Will he be holding hands with Palin as they pray on the White House lawn waiting for a sign from God?

Let's see, what will the agenda be?

1. give the Federal Government control over women's bodies and their ability to choose for themselves

2. infuse the government with more religion in every sphere so that we will eventually become a theocracy like Iran

3. minimize minorities, homosexuals, liberals. Set-up interment camps in strategic locations throughout the United States

4. build more churches, at least three per square mile. Capture apostates and convert them. If unsuccessful, send them to the interment camps

5. close all institutions of higher learning, except for Bible colleges, especially if located in the South

6. erode the rights of individuals further in a stealth manner gradually so that the ignorant citizenry of the United States won't realize what's happened until it's too late

7. create a commission to destroy all media that is unrelated and nonsupportive of the goal, ie, a religious theocracy of the United States

8. all future politicians and attorneys will have to have a religious education background and degrees from "approved" religious institutions

9. we will continue to remain aggressive, unilateral and beligerent in our Foreign policy, emulate the Romans and invade, destroy and conquer for the benefit of others

****ALL THE ABOVE IS A NEOCONS DREAM*****

Posted by: sanity | September 1, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jeremy | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM
“It's so sick that Dems want to take advantage of a natural disaster like Gustav. I heard many Dems wish Gustav could do a damage worse than Katrina so they could point fingers once again.”

Well Jeremy, you needn’t worry about Gustav causing more damage than Katrina. Unfortunately, after three years of Republican Reconstruction in New Orleans there is considerably less population and infrastructure for Gustav to damage. The only impact Gustav could have on Republican Reconstruction is if Gustav were to land in Iraq!

Posted by: Ed W | September 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

given the ignorance, lack of respect for both candidates and their accomplishments, a lack of respect based on political affiliations, and a need to spread false truths I am starting to feel that the politicians aren't the problem but society is the problem. Here we are on the cusp of another potential disaster in NOLA and the majority of comments that are being posted have to do with calling the candidates and each other names. I don't care if you are republican or democrat....RISE ABOVE IT..and take matters into your hands to help the folks in NOLA!!!!

The more we polarize based on political leanings the less chance we will have succeeding as a society. We were built on diversity..its what made us strong...its what made us envied through out the world!!!!

Posted by: chefra | September 1, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Nothing better than Crabcakes before a hurricane...

Posted by: ANONYMOUS | September 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Common sense would tell some of you that comparing Palin's experience to Obama's is ridiculous on it's face. Obama has been campaigning for 19 months. He's debated over 20 times discussing the very issues that effect our lives. His judgment is proven by reality. He was right and McCain was wrong on every major issue IRAQ, IRAN, AFGHANISTAN. Palin is nothing more than a smoke screen.

I know this won't change some of your minds because you are so close minded but here is a summary of Obama's experience:

1)In the US Senate, Barack Obama has served on the
FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE,
HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE,
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,
HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOUR & PENSION COMMITTEE.
2)Before getting to the US Senate Obama served more 8 years in the Illinois State Senate(A Big state) where his district's population is larger than Alaska's.
3)Barack Obama is a graduate TOP of his class at Harvard Law School and earned Doctor of Law degree.
4)Barack Obama has a degree in Political science specializing in International Relations from Columbia University.
5) Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Law Review - Only the brightest student with highest intellect from Harvard gets to serve this position.
-Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Law Review with a circulation of 8,000 is an executive experience more prestigious than a mayor from a small city of 5k.

6)Barack Obama worked as a Civil Rights lawyer for 9 years.

7)Barack Obama was a University of Chicago Constitutional Law Professor for 12 years.

8)In the State Senate Obama has written 890 pieces of legislation, and co-sponsored 1096 pieces of legislation.

9)Barack Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for a community organizing institute.

10)Barack Obama worked in Chicago, Illinois as the director of the Developing Communities Project.
-Community Organizing projects have staffs and annual budgets and have to be managed and run. So, for those who quite falsely say that Barack has never "run" anything, it should be known that, when he joined the Developing Communities Project, it had a staff membership of one person and an annual budget of $70,000, but when he left it three years later, it had 13 staff members and an annual budget of $400,000. Republicans like to talk about making businesses successful, the measure of success being that they produce, amass capital, and increase the wealth of the owners and stockholders and so on. But Barack turned a public service organization that prepared people for education, jobs and serviced their struggling neighborhoods into a solid success.

11)Obama has been campaigning for the same if not even more time than Palin has been Governor .. & Obama's staff nation-wide .. is immensely larger than the population of Alaska
-Finally Obama's intellectual talent is at the level of Abraham Lincoln/JFK if not more. This type of leader comes once in a life time.

&

McCain was a POW, who graduated at the bottom of his Annapolis class as a legacy. As a Senator, was shamed in Keating 5, and tried to remake his image with legislation that now as a candidate he no longer believes in.

Palin, well - was a Mayor 1.6 years ago.

Posted by: CommonSense | September 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What does anyone expect from Capehart but some political whack - Capehart is a no name who belongs with the crowd of no-talent Russert wannabes at msnbc- lots of hot air. If we could harness all the hot air from that bunch of cable channel losers we could probably end our dependence on foreign oil. I am a life-long Democrat and I watched their convention on Fox over the storm at msnbc that was worse than Katrina, and Capehart struggled to get his voice heard above the din of screeching cats at msnbc to try to make a name for himself to publish more Beltway garbage.

Posted by: The Truth | September 1, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

There's no way the classless Dems would have allowed anything to interrupt King Messiah Barrack Clinton Hussein Bin Ladin Obama's convention.

Also, Dan Fowler, the EX-DNC Leader is a classless piece of trash.

Posted by: Gustav | September 1, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I appreciated the opportunity to speak at the DNC at will be looking forward to serving in the White House with my friend Obama.

Posted by: Usama B. Ladin | September 1, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

LOL I thought the "uninvited guest" was Palin's 17-year-old daughter's expected baby.

At least she practices what she preaches. And for sure this locks up the trailer park vote.

Posted by: Dawny Chambers | September 1, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Bush, McCain and Governor Gidget will make a joint appearance in New Orleans later in the week to survey the damage...and then after surveying it will issue a statement to the effect that "the surge appears to be working."

Posted by: Pete Tenney | September 1, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

For all the talk from Evangelicals about abstinence and morality according to their definitions, he we are with Palins daughter pregnant and unmarried. And whose child is the boy with Down syndrome?

Of course the Evangelicals will minimize it because it suits them to do so, as they spin everything, including the Bible, to suit themselves.

Posted by: sanity | September 1, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

So I guess that this announcement of Palin's daughter's pregnancy is supposed to squelch the rumors. But suppose she did cover for her daughter... what is one more lie, and what if -- wonders never cease in this case -- it turns out that they later allege that this newly reported pregancy ends up in an alleged miscarriage? If that raises any eyebrows it will be after the election in November anyway, right? For me, if the original rumors are credible, this well-timed "announcement" is not evidence either way. In the original rumor, people at the local health center would have had to have been in cahoots with the Governor -- and that could still be the case. I'm not saying the rumors are true, only that this announcement has no bearing whatsoever on their plausibility -- unless of course you for some reason believe this new "fact" -- but then why would you have believed the initial rumor? On the other hand, if they lied then, they are lying now -- and the "beauty" of it (for them) is that the truth of this new revelation is unverifiable, unless Bristol, unlike her mother, is actually showing signs of being pregant.

Posted by: frank burns | September 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Lets see here, Cindy McCain is in Louisiana and has spoken to state delegation with regards to relief efforts.
Moreover Cindy has set up care packages, and money ready to be shipped to family's.

Palin, has set up 150 plus phones at a hotel, in the twin city's, in an effort to raised relief funds, for displaced family's.
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Democrats response so far:

Obama= speech / lecture / promise
Biden= speech / lecture
Michelle Obama= No ware to be found.

As usual the democrats sit on there collective butts and criticize.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain would be glad to take a pass on making a speech that will look like amateur night compared to Obama's. And get to look compassionate and presidential as icing on his birthday cake. I also would bet the baby rumor will prove true once more digging is done.

Posted by: carolanne2 | September 1, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

We have all seen the drama over the possibility that Edwards had a baby out of wedlock. The question is will there be as much made of the fact that Palin did not teach her children the morals they needed not to get pregnant before being married. Edwards made his mistakes and was dragged over the coals until he made a very public apology for his behavior. When will Palins daughter go on Fox News and tell the Nation she is sorry for getting laid ?

Posted by: Palin vs Edwards | September 1, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

After everything ... you people are unable to look far behind labels and thing as a nation. It is amazing how much hate and dissent someone can find in your messages.

Posted by: Concerned | September 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has another "uninvited guest" in the pregnancy of Sarah's unmarried daughter. I guess it must have slipped by in the vetting process.

Some family values.

Posted by: Tom | September 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I live in a small town and took in a Labor Day parade today. Both Democrats and Republicans marched in it. I clapped for both as some folks do happen to be my neighbors.
And the last time I checked, as Americans we are entitled to our opinions and can register to vote.
What I can't abide by are those who have to make snide comments standing right next to me and so clueless as they can't fathom those who might disagree with them are right next to them,quiet as can be. Thats what used to make this country the best place on earth to live---TOLERANCE. But we seem to be losing our taste for tolerance since so many have this incessant need to force others to conform to their beliefs, their ways of thinking....
If the buck really stops at the desk of the President as once so famously proclaimed, then why does our current President so graciously and gratituously avoid all accountability and responsibility of any matters he's influenced?

Posted by: Suzanne | September 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about Mr. Obama having no executive experience leaves me wondering why no one is pointing out that Mr. McCain has no executive experience either.

Never mind, I just answered my own query.

Posted by: From Georgia in the USA | September 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If they didn't want to distract from the emergency preparations, then why are McCain and Palin -- and Palin's brood -- down there pulling away so mabt local resources?

The press, accompanying the parade and soaking up available resources themselves, blandly repeats the RNC spin that this is a responsible act. What universe are they in?

Posted by: Helen | September 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Finally someone the American public can relate to!!!!!!!

Posted by: ???????? | September 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

a crappy baby diaper in one hand and putin on the phone, a drippy breast and her daughters screaming baby needs changing also, while the president of israel waits on the line.
meanwhile the first dude is off on his one of many adventerous snow mobile rides hunting.
are You serious the security of the free world resting on the mind of a breast feeding mom with a crappy baby diaper in her hand.????
where are the grown ups where are the aged men and women of wisdom is this ALL you PEOPLE HAVE TO SHOW ME GOOD GOD.

Posted by: judge alan ex pat munich germany | September 1, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Democrat who is voting for McCain/Palin 2008.

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Absentee ballots star arriving in 30 days Gustav reminds us to fill them out ASAP. Ask for them in your state if you may be unable to get to the polling booths.

Posted by: Grace | September 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

These NEW Democrats make me sick. I have been active in politics for over fifty years but have never seen the hate this campeign is sprewing. He "will bring us togther ". Yeah maybe like the Nazi and Commies brought us together. Maybe if the Democrates big shots let him Obama would give it a try, but this is the ugliest presidential campeign I have ever seen and I took part in the Johnson vs Goldwater combat in the ninteen sixties. That one was ugly, but this one is worse. Please God save and bless the United States of America ldt1930

Posted by: ldt@alldial.net | September 1, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Nazis and Commies are normally associated with War, and if it's war that's on your mind, you must be a McCain/Bush disciple as both these toads seem ready to take on any smaller country with their bullying tactics.

As a citizen of the world, how do you war mongers feel about invading a country under cooked up pretenses when the majority of the world community said we should not? Or better yet, how do you think the Muslim population of the world feels about America now that we've managed to be responsible for a civil war that has claimed the lives of over 250,000 Iraqi citizens? As a vet I feel bad for the loss of our own troops, but the long-term ramifications of our folly is something that worries me... and it should worry you.

Lastly, while John McCain suffered for 5 years as a POW, there were plenty more POWs, some of whom died and didn't come home. Another war that we never should have been involved in. But I'd like to hear less from McCain about his constant whining that his 5 years of suffering entitled him to be unfaithful to his wife, or as an excuse to his mental lapses. His wife was nearly killed in the car accident, and not only was she disfigured, but she can barely walk. So he gets off the plane and sees that she's not the pretty model that he married, and he proceeds to cheat for 6+ years before divorcing her, but he actually applied for his marriage license before the divorce was final. Christian evangelicals must love defending that one.

And now he picks a woman for VP for all the wrong reasons and she looks like she might just be an albatross that he wasn't expecting. Just call me another former Republican who will vote for Obama-Biden.

Posted by: Another Mike | September 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

On the matter of Katrina, the fault with the management of the disaster being the disaster, first layed with the Mayor and city governemnt and secondly with the State of Louisana. Anyone who has managed a disaster at a municipal level, as I have, knows that the first response is handled by the city government, then the county and then the State and the then the federal government. Did any of you notice how the major fire in California over the past four years were handled very well with little or no federal participation? Nagin didn't know what he was doing and when he asked for help from the Governor, she asked him to wait and she would call him back. Until the State requests federal assistance, the feds cannot come in to a State. Unfortunately Nagin did not know this, along with the nationally known obvious incompetency and corruption of the City of New Orleans.

While the Democrats and their supporting media did a very effective job of blaming the Bush Administration, it was and is bogus. Go back many years and see how the City of New Orleans, the County and the State of Louisina never fixed their problem with the dikes, where a City never should have been allowed to be built and expanded.

I know this will not change the mind of the liberal and progressive (radical left)Democrats, but there may be a few persons on this blog who care about the facts and the truth.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 1, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Is it a requirement that a high percentage of posts be illiterate, devoid of proper English grammar, punctuation and spelling, and incoherent? Otherwise, how can we explain the deplorable state of discourse here?

Posted by: DCer in Vegas | September 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse


To Scott!! You said no negroes as president of the USA, I cannot believe people like you. Black Africn slaves built this nation. How can you live with yourself with that type of attitude? Bush did not care when he sent many white children to get killed because he wanted a war with Iraq. Wake up and realize that just because you are white does not mean that he and his croanies will not kill you too. There is NO HONOR AMONG THEIVES!!!He could care less about white or black or anyone but himself. If people like you keep letting racism color your vision we will never progress because THEY DO NOT CARE WHO THEY KILL or NEARLY KILL as long as it is not BUSH himself!!!! Wake up !! Race is a tool that they use to sacrifice the young and uneducated. Please think about it.

Posted by: Tired of the ignorance | September 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Neither Dems nor Reps are stupid or bad simply by affiliation to suggest otherwise would place one’s own intelligence in question so why do we to go "there" when discussing the direction of our country?

My opinion is that McCain and company are looking to place the citizens of the US before their political drive. Both parties have stated that they want real reform but it is my belief that John McCain and Sarah Palin are better equipped to deliver it.

Posted by: ewillig | September 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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