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Gauging Gustav's Political Impact



Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) with his wife, Cindy and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, accompanied by Jimmy and Jack McCain, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Operations Command Center in Jackson, Mississippi August 31, 2008.

ST. PAUL -- Hurricane Gustav is blowing the Republican National Convention off course with tomorrow's proceedings all-but-canceled and John McCain floating the idea that he might deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night from the area blasted by the storm.

And, since The Fix is a blog devoted to the nitty-gritty of politics, we can't but help ruminate on the political consequences of a convention that will be at best truncated and at worst almost entirely canceled due to the storm. (It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the residents in the storm's path.)

It's facile but perhaps not entirely accurate to assume that the storm has almost only negative consequences for McCain, his running mate Sarah Palin and the Republican Party generally. A variety of Republican strategists surveyed this afternoon insist there's a real possibility that McCain could come out of this week greatly strengthened, even with convention cut short a day or two and stripped of most political speeches and hoopla, That's because McCain could look more presidential and decisive touring the region hardest hit by Gustav than hobnobbing with delegates and GOP officials in Minnesota. And because President Bush and Vice President Cheney have cancelled their appearances at the convention, the McCain campaign won't be in the awkward position of having to embrace Republican leaders whose approval ratings are remarkably low.

"As long as we properly handle the Gustavication of the convention, it may be a positive," said one GOP operative. He added that with the exception of speeches by Palin and McCain "everything else is just an opportunity to make a mistake or distract from the historic nature of the ticket."


Another strategist echoed that sentiment. "Now the Republican brand out there is not so bad," he said. "The does-Bush-help-or-hurt question doesn't need to be asked or answered. And we won't be compared to the (Obama speech) 90,000-person spectacle. And most important this gives Palin time to get her feet under her."

That last point may be the most important. Palin is brand new on the national political scene and even her allies acknowledge that she has a steep learning curve and the most dangerous time for her is the first week or two of the general election campaign.

Gustav takes much of the focus off of Palin and, even if she does speak on Wednesday night, the tenor of her address will likely be much more in her comfort zone; she is likely to avoid direct partisan attacks and instead talk about the fundamental goodness of the country -- a recipe for her speech to be well received by a nation looking for encouragement.

The storm could thrust McCain, too, into the sort of commander-in-chief role that his campaign believes can win him the election. If McCain looks presidential -- meaning not partisan -- over the next few days, voter perception of him could be altered significantly.

McCain, appearing via satellite from St. Louis earlier this afternoon, clearly sensed the need for a post-partisan message. "We will take off our Republican hats and put on our America hats," said McCain. "America, we're with you, we are going to care for these people in their time of need."

While the "McCain as commander-in-chief" image and message is clearly one that Republicans like, they also recognize that there is potential peril everywhere in this situation.

According to one Republican source, all of the parties set for this week are a mine field for McCain when it comes to the political reverberations.

"The biggest downside risk as i see it is media footage of corporate/lobbyist parties going on in Minnesota while New Orleans floods," said the source. "They should 'recommend' that those activities get curtailed. I would like to think that the corporate/lobbyist community could read the tea leaves without having to be told -- but they may need a recommendation."

Already one major party -- being thrown tomorrow night by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States -- has been turned into a fundraiser for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

McCain's response so far has been pitch perfect. But with the circumstances changing so quickly surrounding the hurricane, it will be up to the campaign to hit a moving target this week.

If they can execute it flawlessly (and it's hard to even know at this point what that means), McCain could wind up coming out of the convention stronger than anyone expected.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2008; 6:40 PM ET
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From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Unsurprised

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post


Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and the voice tore through the clouds shouting, in deep, stentorian tones to one and all "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Cite:
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The republican recognized that they can't top the dem's convention so they figure out if they could adopt gustav to stay in news and show their country first thing . and keep us busy not to think about that 17 years old thing and not to thing about that investigation of power abuse . and now they saying this is an private issue did ever republican has limit line ….

Posted by: Nova | September 2, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Chris, the arrival of Gustav is another event in the election that draws a parallel to the West Wing. Want to see all of them so far? Read here: http://kandashan2008.blogspot.com/2008/09/political-dejavu.html

Posted by: Kan Da Shan | September 2, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a liar. She claims to have reformed Alaska pork barrel politics by stopping the "Bridge to Nowhere". But she never tells you that Alaska kept the money anyway.

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN3125537020080901

Posted by: corridorg4 | September 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's statement on Sara Palin's daughter's pregnancy was full of class, empathy, and was right on target. He spoke as a father and son of a teenage mother in a way that transcended partisanship. His statement demonstrates to me just how classy a candidate can be even as his own "supporters" (who knows WHO writes the anonymous garbage on this and other blogs)behave as poorly reared adolescents left alone in a lockerroom with an internet connection and with no parental supervision.

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain nor Obama should be touring the disaster area in the days coming. They're simply in the way, let the disaster relief workers do their job without being confronted and hampered by the media circuses accompagnying the candidates. The fact that John McCain seems to be planning to tour the areas is sheer opportunism and a political ploy. He's trying to get votes out of peoples sorrow and problems.

Posted by: Frederik | September 1, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What about impacts with public financing?

If the GOP convention is cancelled would McCain still NOT be the official GOP nominee? And, if that is the case could he rightfully claim that he isn't bound by the public financing limitations yet?

Posted by: Peninsula Matt | September 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin just used Gustav for political purposes again. By announcing the new of her daughter's pregnancy she is 'taking out the trash' hoping coverage of the hurricane will drown the inevitable criticism.

As for feeling sorry for the Palins, I for one do not. They knew that their family was about to be probed, prodded and examined in the most minute detail. If they did not want to drag their daughter through the negative press coverage, she shouldn't have accepted the offer.

GOP hypocrisy at work. Family values don't matter if it's a candidate we like. The GOP ticket is looking more like an episode of the Jerry Springer show every day now:
- adulterous, pill-popping heiress
- adulterous, out of touch senior
- glamorous, scandal ridden, part time mom
- pregnant teen


Posted by: Mike | September 1, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Bob, here's the real story from the Ny Times- (Do the Math- 5 months pregnant, so concieved in April one month before Trig was born (with Down's Syndrome))

Palin Says Her Daughter, 17, Is Pregnant
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ST. PAUL, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us," the Palins' statement said.

"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.

The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple's privacy.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," the statement concluded.

MCCAIN KNEW

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter's pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.

In the short period since she was announced last Friday, Palin has helped to energize the Republican Party's conservative base, giving the McCain camp fresh energy going into the campaign for the Nov. 4 election against Democrat Barack Obama.

McCain officials said the news of the daughter's pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called "mud-slinging and lies" circulating on liberal blog sites.

According to these rumors, Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in May to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin's child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother.

A senior McCain campaign official said the McCain camp was appalled that these rumors had not only been spread around liberal blog sites and partisan Democrats, but also were the subject of heightened interest from mainstream news media.

"The despicable rumors that have been spread by liberal blogs, some even with Barack Obama's name in them, is a real anchor around the Democratic ticket, pulling them down in the mud in a way that certainly juxtaposes themselves against their 'campaign of change,'" a senior aide said.

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is operating under the presumption that the majority of people are just plain dumb and too lazy to think through the implications of their beliefs."

-Hey AMAZED- what is the implication of Obama's "belief" in corn ethanol, his "belief" that the Infant Protection Act should be opposed, and his "belief" that the surge DIDN'T work and that vastly reduced casualty rates in Iraq and our successful withdrawl from Iraq before 2011, leaving an intact nonfundamentalist government has nothing to do with it?
Hey Didn't you believe Obama when he said john McCain wants us to stay in Iraq for 100 years? Be honest....Well Amazed, wasn't THAT a fast century????
Examine your own beliefs before you come after mine....hey, here's one more of your beliefs I can help you with- The Empereror is wearing no clothes

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain is operating under the presumption that the majority of people are just plain dumb and too lazy to think through the implications of their beliefs.

Posted by: amazed | September 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Its sad, its sick, its the story of a country in decline."

Posted by: nclwtk | September 1, 2008 11:50 AM

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-are you referring to Obama's opposition to the Infant Protection Act and his lying about that opposition?
Then, I would agree!

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't read and have never cited THE DRUDGE REPORT prior to yesterday, when Bob, the sleaze, brought it up, citing it as proof that the Palin smear was "all over the internet"-

THE DRUDGE REPORT front page- 10 minutes ago-

"ON IT...
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Laura Bush to Dems: Watch what you say about Palin...

$10 Million Woman: Palin a Hit with GOP Donors...
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Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's 16 year old Daughter...
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Campaigns Shift as McCain Choice Alters the Race...


--Sounds about right- hey I only thought McCain got a 7 million dollar infusion in a day after naming Palin- 10 is impressive- thanks Bob for the good news..."

Oh, and Bob, please keep the misogony....here's a blog you can visit-

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The VP pick for Barack Obama will be Joe Biden. I think what stands out most for me about Joe Biden is his abominable treatment of Anita Hill during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas.

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Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Gustav is not Katrina. Palin is not even a Quayle. McCain is not the man he thinks he is as he has methodically sold out on all the beliefs and the causes so that he could get nominated and run for President.
In the gulf, McCain is clearly just in the way, he should be out of there and letting the professionals who planned and practiced for another big hurricane do what they are competant to do. McCain and Bush just as well should be in FEMA playing President and going for the photo op. It is a pitiful story in the making. A man who sells his soul to be President, supported by people who are stuck in the past and in denial of the erosion of their American heritage. Its sad, its sick, its the story of a country in decline.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Do you really see her with the gravitas to pull it off? Would she draw a crowd that people around the world would find inspiring? Would they be chanting her name and waving American flags?"
-Matt Mixon
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Matt, I'll take my chances with an articulate, young woman governor turned VP speaking to Europe- isn't it REMARKABLE that countries around the world- England, Germany, Israel, Pakistan,etc can accept a woman leader without questioning who's taking care of her kids and we can't!
Hey Matt, How would Biden play in India, which, along with China, is a rapidly growing industrial and nulear force????... "oops, guys, I was just kidding about those 7 Elevens....sorry"... THAT would be pathetic!

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Katrina 2, and The Bimbo Comes to Washington. Hollywood couldn't come up with something better. Life imitates art.

Posted by: Eric Yendall | September 1, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

JOHN "COUNTRY FIRST" MCCAIN -- SETTING POLITICS ASIDE TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES AND RUSH DOWN TO A DISASTER SITE TO GIVE A SPEECH AND HOLD A PHOTO OP! NO POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM HERE! JUST COUNTRY FIRST!!!

Posted by: DW | September 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

HEY "anonymous @ 9:19" - I believe advanced Maternal age at conception explains your post as well

Hey Bob- you cited the Drudge Report Einstein?????

HERE'S The Drudge Reports take on this SLEAZE Campaign by you "lefties" (his words- I think you're an angry mob really far righties from the Salem witch hunts)
Hey look at that "mistake" the daily kos made on the photo from 2006!!!!!!!!! the baby was born is 2008!!!!!! Not even NEADERTHALS like you guys could be so stupid, riiiiiiiiiight?


"Sunday, August 31, 2008
Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter


"Members of the lefty blogosphere haven't stopped perpetuating the rumor Sarah Palin "faked" her last pregnancy and are now humiliating her daughter Bristol on the blatantly incorrect suspicion she is the real mother of baby Trig."

"Sarah Palin is NOT the Mother" is the title of this DailyKos blog that accuses Bristol, a completely fit-looking adolescent teen, of having a "baby bump" in a photo they allege was taken March 9th of this year.

"Sarah, I'm calling you a liar" wrote blogger ArcXIX. "And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better. " Photos of Bristol with detailed commentary about her abdomen are contained in the post.

Not only is the DailyKos disgustingly inspecting Bristol's midriff with all the fervor of LA paparazzi examining J-Lo's or Jennifer Aniston's washboard stomachs for evidence of a "bump," the DailyKos is wrong on when the photo was taken. It was taken, and published, by the Anchorage Daily News in 2006. Baby Trig, a child with Down's Syndrome, was born on April 18, 2008. That's a long time for a teen girl to be carrying a "bump" which looks nothing more than the curve of a tight sweater.

Shortly after Palin was announced as McCain's VP, bloggers at the Kos started ginning up the rumor Palin faked her pregnancy, allegedly to cover for an illegitimate grandchild, because she looked so fit and trim in photos taken a few months before giving birth.

This is only the latest in outrageous attacks against Palin as a mother. Fox News anchor Alan Colmes, of Hannity & Colmes, titled a recent post on his blog Liberaland "Did Palin Take Proper PreNatal Care?" In it, he wondered if she somehow was at fault for having a disabled child. Colmes took down the post after being attacked by the blog Wizbang and later reposted a screenshot of the blog to prove he "wasn't running away from what I posted."

"Update: I originally mentioned this Kos rumor in a blog post about CNN's John Roberts's insinuation Palin would not give adequate care and attention to Trig if she became VP."

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The "APPEASEMENT TEAM" is losing ground the "BOUNCE" is gone, The supporters of "APPEASEMENT" are trying to "KILL" Sarah the "New Republican Terminator" fat chance.

So get use to saying President McCain and VP Palin

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | September 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Try to imagine Sarah Palin addressing the European public; let's say in France or perhaps Germany -- asking them to join America in making sacrifice in troops or funding.

Do you really see her with the gravitas to pull it off? Would she draw a crowd that people around the world would find inspiring? Would they be chanting her name and waving American flags?

Seriously. I think not. Sarah does not inspire people in a way of a strong leader. She has not articulated an agenda beyond the McCain talking points.

I actually believe someday she COULD be ready for the Presidency. She is a 21st Century woman whom I think has as much to offer as many of the farmers who framed our Constitution.

But for now, the very potential of her becoming President if John McCain should fall, chills me to the bone.

Posted by: Matt Mixon | September 1, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Scott, there's no comparison between Biden and Palin in terms of vetting.

"O vetted Biden (using a former deputy attorney general) and picked him because the pros (skilled debater, foreign policy expert, etc.) outweighed any cons. "

- Anonymous (what else? all of these 1/2 thought out head in the sand blogs are written by Bill Maher)

Biden's Eight Glass Houses
1. Son is a lobbyist who took 1/2 mill when Daddy sold vote on Bankruptcy Act to MBNA---(that's why Obama can't accuse McCain of having lobbyists in his campaign any more, shucks)
2.Insulted Indian american 7 Eleven cashiers
3. Called Obama's personal hygiene "storybook, man" and said he wasn't ready to be president (no "on the job training")
4. Left the 88 campaign after being caught plagiarizing
5. Almost thrown out of law school for (yep) plagiarizing
6. Claimed to be top of his law school class and to have a Masters degree (nope and nope) (what else does he claim that isn't true? Hairplugs belie the brain beneath)
7. Claimed it would be an honor to run WITH or against Senator McCain
8. Voted against the transAlaka pipeline and now represents a ticket seeking domestic answers to foreign energy

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

On polls, Mac's campaign doesn't even believe them (they think O is substantially ahead) which is why they picked Mrs. Palin, hoping she would be a game changer (she may be -- but probably in the wrong direction).

Polls don't work this time because O's base consists of millions of young people, new voters, working folks, AAs, and Hispanics who are not reachable by the pollsters.

Also these polls rely heavily on calling landphones, but a disproportionate share of O voters use cellphones exclusively so pollsters can't contact them. Finally in a country of 300,000,000, they typically poll only a thousand or so of that many -- bogus.

Finally, race and the Clintons' under-the-radar, anti-O campaigning have held things down somewhat, but those factors will lessen as we move to November. The poll of polls numbers show things a little up for O. Gallup has O up 6.
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Worst poll out there
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 927 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:24 AM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Good grief.

Yeah, this is good for McCain!

That phrase has become a joke on the blogosphere for good reason, every time things go well for Obama or badly for McCain, you're sure to hear it from most in the "fair and balanced" brain dead media.

"Facile" in this case must be another word for "True", that's all I can figure. If it's too obviously true then you feel the need to be clever and say aha, I'm not falling for that! It SEEMS true.... so it must not be!

Sigh.

This is the year that will be written about as "Even nature seemed to be against the Republicans that year..". Nobody, and I mean nobody, in the GOP wanted anything to remind people of Katrina, Bush, Brownie, FEMA, and did I mention Bush. To have it wipe out their convention is just too perfectly emblematic of what's happened to the entire party.

"Facile", right I know. Did you know, by the way, that in French that word just means "easy"?

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | September 1, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So they are a push and not counted


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anonymous (same one?)

Young voters can be projected to be split.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:36

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

anonymous (same one?)

Young voters can be projected to be split.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

anonymous (nice name)

"And he wasn't too poor too leave, either.'

That's the lamest argument I've heard yet. Were they too poor to get there?

Typical liberal-think.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Not in this case, they throw out young voters as not likely.

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In this election, it makes a lot more sense to pay attention to "likely voter" polls for accuracy.
Obama should be up by 15 points. Everybody (even the diehard obamamocrat) knows this.
He's not.
McCain will come out of the Gustav event just fine.
The kid is not Sarah's.
"This too shall pass", obama lovers, but if the grief is more than you can stand, there's help available. Call 1-800-SNIVEL

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

VastRightWingConspirator, did you consider what you just posted: "This week, they will get to watch a man (Mac) and a woman (Mrs. Palin) acting presidential and functioning as a governing team"?

A natural disaster that may kill thousands of people, destroy tens of thousands of homes, and cause devastation lasting decades should not be used as a photo opportunity to "act" presidential or pretend your a "governing tean."

Rather, it is a time for folks who have real (not play-play) operational duties and responsibilities to kick into gear. FEMA, the National Guard, etc. A level 4/5 Hurricane cannot be the basis for a publicity stunt. Just what operational duties does Ms. Palin have down there in La.?

Why hasn't BroderWorld condemned this? Can you imagine the flak Obama would have gotten if he and Biden decided they would primp and posture as play-play president and vice president against the backdrop of folks dying in a hurricane? Remember BroderWorld blasted O for giving a message of hope to 200,000 Germans.
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This week, they will get to watch a man and a woman acting presidential and functioning as a governing team. Not only that, they will see a competent Republican governor dealing with a natural disaster in a clear and efficient way, much like Haley Barbour did in 2005. Who do you think the American people are going to want at the helm?

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | September 1, 2008 7:26 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 9:49 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

In this election, it makes a lot more sense to pay attention to "likely voter" polls for accuracy.
Obama should be up by 15 points. Everybody (even the diehard obamamocrat) knows this.
He's not.
McCain will come out of the Gustav event just fine.
The kid is not Sarah's.
"This too shall pass", obama lovers, but if the grief is more than you can stand, there's help available. Call 1-800-SNIVEL

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter and have given a fair amount of money. I got an email within almost an hour of the announcement.

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Sept. 1
CNN Poll
Obama 49
McCain 48

Looks like the Obama supporters are trying to get the baby story out main stream. How funny. Edward's get's caught and they shut down the blogs on the subject. Obama and Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and any other thing that makes one question Obama and Obama not only sets up a web site but request his people e-mail or call the offending party and send in lawyers to shut any talk down. Obama gets testy over something said about his wife but continues to send in his bloggers to go after Cindy McCain and now Sara Palin how funny.

Obama accuses McCain of grandstanding through his bloggers and says he will use his e-mail list to enlist funds and volunteers for the relief effort. As of yet no e-mail has been sent. I am on his e-mail list got there when I wrote his campaign about the effort his campaign made to shut down a radio forum in Chicago speaking about his connection to Bill Ayers.
Now we are about 24 hours from Obama's announcement of support still no e-mail. Guess ya'll are to busy with slander to care much about others just like your fearless leader. Let's see how long it takes to get out that e-mail shall we? So far he responds faster to things that upset him personally then he does to people in need.

Posted by: jace1 | September 1, 2008 10:05 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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abby0802

You ask where McCain was during Katrina? He was neither too lazy nor too stupid to leave the area, and was unaffected.
Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:23 AM

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And he wasn't too poor to leave either.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing what Americans are supposed to accept as presidential. Granted, the fact that McCain will actually show up some where in a timely manner to say something in support of the people who may experience Gustav is admirable. I know that the Obama campaign has instituted things but I am hard pressed to find this in the press who is obsessed with the Republicans response this time.

The Republicans blew it big time with Katrina. Granted they will try to do better this time. However, a lot of their concern is just posturing.

And now, the McCain gang want to "act like Americans." What a concept! The biggest implication here is that Republicans do not act like Americans. I rest my case about Republicans. The McCainites have spoken.

There is a God!

Posted by: Earl C | September 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse


Worst poll out there
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 927 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points
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Sept. 1
CNN Poll
Obama 49
McCain 48

Looks like the Obama supporters are trying to get the baby story out main stream. How funny. Edward's get's caught and they shut down the blogs on the subject. Obama and Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and any other thing that makes one question Obama and Obama not only sets up a web site but request his people e-mail or call the offending party and send in lawyers to shut any talk down. Obama gets testy over something said about his wife but continues to send in his bloggers to go after Cindy McCain and now Sara Palin how funny.

Obama accuses McCain of grandstanding through his bloggers and says he will use his e-mail list to enlist funds and volunteers for the relief effort. As of yet no e-mail has been sent. I am on his e-mail list got there when I wrote his campaign about the effort his campaign made to shut down a radio forum in Chicago speaking about his connection to Bill Ayers.
Now we are about 24 hours from Obama's announcement of support still no e-mail. Guess ya'll are to busy with slander to care much about others just like your fearless leader. Let's see how long it takes to get out that e-mail shall we? So far he responds faster to things that upset him personally then he does to people in need.

Posted by: jace1 | September 1, 2008 10:05 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

abby0802

You ask where McCain was during Katrina? He was neither too lazy nor too stupid to leave the area, and was unaffected.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama leads in virtually every poll. And nothing has changer for months, nor will it. They will just round the track and finish 1 and 2 with Obama winning. Mccain has never surged since this thing started and nothing is going to change. If anything Mccains gambling which has so far not paid off will at some point blow his bankroll.

Now we know why Mccain is a craps player when he is in a casino. Obama by the way plays world class poker. These men are so different.

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Sept. 1
CNN Poll
Obama 49
McCain 48

Looks like the Obama supporters are trying to get the baby story out main stream. How funny. Edward's get's caught and they shut down the blogs on the subject. Obama and Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and any other thing that makes one question Obama and Obama not only sets up a web site but request his people e-mail or call the offending party and send in lawyers to shut any talk down. Obama gets testy over something said about his wife but continues to send in his bloggers to go after Cindy McCain and now Sara Palin how funny.

Obama accuses McCain of grandstanding through his bloggers and says he will use his e-mail list to enlist funds and volunteers for the relief effort. As of yet no e-mail has been sent. I am on his e-mail list got there when I wrote his campaign about the effort his campaign made to shut down a radio forum in Chicago speaking about his connection to Bill Ayers.
Now we are about 24 hours from Obama's announcement of support still no e-mail. Guess ya'll are to busy with slander to care much about others just like your fearless leader. Let's see how long it takes to get out that e-mail shall we? So far he responds faster to things that upset him personally then he does to people in need.

Posted by: jace1 | September 1, 2008 10:05 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Scott, there's no comparison between Biden and Palin in terms of vetting.

O vetted Biden (using a former deputy attorney general) and picked him because the pros (skilled debater, foreign policy expert, etc.) outweighed any cons.

Palin on the other hand (the Post's specious reporting notwithstanding) was not vetted according to some sources.

Brooks and Schieffer on Meet The Press both suggested Mrs. Palin was a complete impulse buy by McCain. His campaign clearly knew nothing about the [alleged] baby hoax, her devotion to Pat Buchanan's agenda (read about it on the Anti-Defamation League's website), her anti-science and anti-history positions (no, Mrs. Palin, men didn't run around with the dinosaurs), her admission she was clueless about a vice president does, and her fierce opposition to her of the Republican leadership in the Alaska State House and Senate, who say she is totally unqualified to be state governor, let alone Vice President or President.

As for polls, there has been reporting that the reason McCain's campaign picked her was that it does not believe the polls calling the race even, but believe Obama is substantially ahead, and that the electoral count (because of Obama's strength in battleground states) is even more lopsided. Faced with these desperate circumstances, he decided to throw a "Hail Sarah" pass. Further, not that it matters (and it doesn't at this point), Gallup has Obama up 6.
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How well did Obama vet Joe Biden?
Didn't he discover that Biden's son - the lobbyist, not the one who gave that excellent speech at the Dem Convention, accepted a $500,000 contract from MBNA, just as his father sold his vote on the Bankruptcy Reform Act to the credit card giant? See last week's New York Times and check it out. Biden was one of the few Democrats to vote with MBNA.


The CNN and ZOGBY polls which actually WERE started after the Palin pick show a one pt lead for Obama and a 2 pt lead for McCain respectively.... so far so good on the Palin pick.....
I just saw a beautiful ad for compressed natural gas, a domestic energy source that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil....which executive in the race got a natural gas pipeline approved in her state??? Joe Biden "LITERALLY" voted against the first transalaskan pipeline!

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 9:32 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Sept. 1
CNN Poll
Obama 49
McCain 48

Looks like the Obama supporters are trying to get the baby story out main stream. How funny. Edward's get's caught and they shut down the blogs on the subject. Obama and Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and any other thing that makes one question Obama and Obama not only sets up a web site but request his people e-mail or call the offending party and send in lawyers to shut any talk down. Obama gets testy over something said about his wife but continues to send in his bloggers to go after Cindy McCain and now Sara Palin how funny.

Obama accuses McCain of grandstanding through his bloggers and says he will use his e-mail list to enlist funds and volunteers for the relief effort. As of yet no e-mail has been sent. I am on his e-mail list got there when I wrote his campaign about the effort his campaign made to shut down a radio forum in Chicago speaking about his connection to Bill Ayers.
Now we are about 24 hours from Obama's announcement of support still no e-mail. Guess ya'll are to busy with slander to care much about others just like your fearless leader. Let's see how long it takes to get out that e-mail shall we? So far he responds faster to things that upset him personally then he does to people in need.

Posted by: jace1 | September 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The Kamikazi or divine wind is named Gustav. He will blow Obama away and leave the white house in white hands.

Posted by: candide | September 1, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

to answer your question, I guess Morgan Freeman. He pretended to be president and saved the whole world from an asteroid.
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This week will offer a real contrast for the American people to see. Last week, the nation got to see a rock star in a setting fit for a Greek god. This week, they will get to watch a man and a woman acting presidential and functioning as a governing team. Not only that, they will see a competent Republican governor dealing with a natural disaster in a clear and efficient way, much like Haley Barbour did in 2005. Who do you think the American people are going to want at the helm?

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | September 1, 2008 7:26 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

You heard it here first:

1. Gustav will cause only moderate damage.
2. Bush will appoint McCain special director of hurricane recovery.
3. McCain will then "suspend" his presidential campaign and suggest that it would be unseemly to attack him while he is putting "Country First," and garnering almost unlimited television coverage.

What a giant whimp! McCain isn't man enough to have Bush/Cheney at the convention, and now he isn't even man enough to give a proper acceptance speech. I now see a politician who knows his weaknesses, and runs from them... What a friggin' wuss.

Posted by: scrapster | September 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

How well did Obama vet Joe Biden?
Didn't he discover that Biden's son - the lobbyist, not the one who gave that excellent speech at the Dem Convention, accepted a $500,000 contract from MBNA, just as his father sold his vote on the Bankruptcy Reform Act to the credit card giant? See last week's New York Times and check it out. Biden was one of the few Democrats to vote with MBNA.


The CNN and ZOGBY polls which actually WERE started after the Palin pick show a one pt lead for Obama and a 2 pt lead for McCain respectively.... so far so good on the Palin pick.....
I just saw a beautiful ad for compressed natural gas, a domestic energy source that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil....which executive in the race got a natural gas pipeline approved in her state??? Joe Biden "LITERALLY" voted against the first transalaskan pipeline!


Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob, you up?...... Drudge report you cited embarasses you and your sleeze....and ryanorulz that guy was right, I think you're showing family photos!

Camp Obama- we have a fine Newspaper system in this country- some papers have a Leftward slant and some a rightward slant- you would have MUCH more credibility in your arguments if you didn't quote supermarket tabloids and leftwing blogs...
next thing you'll post is that Palin was impregnated by aliens....really I'm sure that's the next "supermarket citation"...
but, as I said before, this is what you get when the Caucuses result in the nomination of a celebrity....you get celebrity supporters quoting from the low quality material they read

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Chris,
Are there any more republican talking points on the convention you can squeeze in? Why won't McCain as the Senator from Arizona look "presumptuous" touring damaged ares or is that only reserved for the democratic candidates? How can McCain get away with having the former mayor of Wasilla Alaska one heart beat away (especially given his age and his Dad's and grandfather's early deaths) from being leader of the world? Isn't she REQUIRED to make a case for herself starting at the convention or is being nice enough for the nation if the choice is a Republican? Please wake up and do some analysis instead of repeating what you are told on the slim possibilities how everything can just work out for McCain despite his dreadful decision.

Posted by: Bob | September 1, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of one's political bent, the only issue (from a journalistic standpoint) re the Palin baby story is whether it is true or not.

Unless you ignore the mountain of circumstantial information, ostrich-like, and completely suspend logic, one must conclude it is true. That the mainstream media has decided to ignore the facts, as they did in the Edwards case and years ago with Miss Lewinsky, is another matter entirely.

The reason newspaper circulation is plummeting is their shift from simply reporting the news (just tell us either it rained or didn't rain) to doing no reporting at all and promoting some agenda by picking and choosing what to report.

Virtually none of the adverse information about Palin (and there is a lot of it) made its way into the mainstream media. In fact today's Washington Post gives the false impression everyone is just fine with the Palin pick (Broder's pro-Palin column is absurd) gives no prominence to, for example, the vocal opposition of many leaders in the Alaska legislature, including the Republican heads of its State House and Senate, to the Palin selection. Also no mention of Palin's intense longtime support of Pat Buchanan and his anti- [fill in any minority] agenda or her anti-science philosophy. For better or worse, HuffPo, Drudge, the Enquirer, and DailyKos have now replaced the daily newspaper as a reliable source of news. Sad.

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youIF -- and that is a BIG if -- the National Enquirer Story about Sarah Palin is true, then McCain is history.

No one believed the Enquirer when they broke the Gary Hart scandal, or the Edwards scandal.

Palin's story about how her last baby was delivered always sounded odd. I hope the story is not true, but a cursory reading of the Enquirer story sounds plausible.

What was this woman thinking when she accepted VP? That this would not come out?

She sounds alot like Edwards.

Posted by: GOP Moderate in Maine | September 1, 2008 1:06 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

If I were the GOP I would be concerned about a possible Palin photo scandal, after someone dig up some stuff on her from the 1980's this morning.
http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-hot-pics-you-cant-afford-to.html

Posted by: ryanorulz | September 1, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Exactly. McCain was not running for President when Katrina hit -- if Bush had visited Nancy Reagan for her birthday instead, would you be blaming her -- how many U.S. Senators toured Arizona after flooding tragedies there?

Posted by: JakeD | September 1, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Katrina came on his 69th birthday, while he & his master were enjoying the birthday cake & McCain took his own time to visit the site. This year, he is running for the presidency. So he grabs the nearest mike & yak yaks like he is the president. Last time I checked Bush is still the president. I think McCain forgot about that(like the # of houses he has).
To even think of using a national tragedy to "look presidential" is beyond sick even by McCain standards.

Posted by: Saroja | September 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Dems should hit McCain with a big set of ads on hypocrisy after the crisis has passed. If he cared, why did nearly half of the Senate visit New Orleans before he did after Katrina?

Could it be that the Republicans are only interested in the handling this crisis because there is an election looming?

Has Karl Rove dropped any babies into the waters so that Saint Sarah Palin of the right-to-lifers can rescue them?

Shame on you Mr McCain for playing politics with tragedy.

Posted by: Mike | September 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Why is Sarah Palin being kept in the Cone of Silence?

Isn't the hurricane simply an excuse to ward off gaffes and inspection of the record of an unqualified candidate?

Posted by: somerseten | September 1, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

According to Wikipedia, Barracudas are "extremely powerful".

Posted by: Paul | September 1, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Communist China, having realized in the 1970's that she had fallen and would remain far behind the western world in wealth and power, finally acknowledged that capitalism was obviously the way to prosperity and the fulfilment her people's potential. The government should have less control over the economy and people's choices. Because of this, China is now prospering mightily. Similarly, the Soviet Union realized belatedly, after about 70 years of the most vicious suffering in history, that the government must allow the people to prosper, or the entire country would crumble into the dustheap of history. Russia is propspering, at least much more than previously. India, having languished as a Third World Country for many decades, has reduced government control of her people's economic activity, and India's economiy is soaring. Eastern European countries: Poland, Hungary, the former Czeck republic, and others, are all steadily reducing government control of their economies, and prospering I AS THEY SHOULDL HAVE BEEN FOR THE ENTIRE PAST CENTURY, had it not been for socialism.

But not all agree that personal economic liberty is the best path to prosperity. For instance, one Barack Obama believes that "government requires a strong hand to make sure wealth is distributed fairly" (fairly according to - you guessed who).

In summary, virtually all countries in the planet have rejected socialism because they suffered under it. Ironically, in the country that defended liberty and championed freedom throughout the planet, a candidate for the presidency thinks socialism should be introduced!

Posted by: Peter | September 1, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"This week, they will get to watch a man and a woman [McCain and Palin] acting presidential and functioning as a governing team."

Trouble is, impersonating others is a crime, and impersonating the POTUS and his Vice is fraught with all manner of extra perils for the country.

Posted by: R M Gopal | September 1, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"We will take off our Republican hats and put on our America hats," said McCain. "America, we're with you, we are going to care for these people in their time of need."
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The last 8 years the GOP has not been wearing their "American" hats, now we are suppose to buy this crap that they care about the common people? Sadly many are foolish enough to buy this but many will not.

They are trying to take lemons and make lemonade, the reality is that all the crap about Palin knocking Obama off the front page has turned into Gustav knocking the GOP off their stride.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob- you cited the Drudge Report Einstein?????

HERE'S The Drudge Reports take on this SLEAZE Campaign by you "lefties" (his words- I think you're an angry mob really far righties from the Salem witch hunts)
Hey look at that "mistake" the daily kos made on the photo from 2006!!!!!!!!! the baby was born is 2008!!!!!! Not even NEADERTHALS like you guys could be so stupid, riiiiiiiiiight?


"unday, August 31, 2008
Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter
Posted by: Amanda Carpenter at 5:47 PM
Members of the lefty blogosphere haven't stopped perpetuating the rumor Sarah Palin "faked" her last pregnancy and are now humiliating her daughter Bristol on the blatantly incorrect suspicion she is the real mother of baby Trig.

"Sarah Palin is NOT the Mother" is the title of this DailyKos blog that accuses Bristol, a completely fit-looking adolescent teen, of having a "baby bump" in a photo they allege was taken March 9th of this year.

"Sarah, I'm calling you a liar" wrote blogger ArcXIX. "And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better. " Photos of Bristol with detailed commentary about her abdomen are contained in the post.

Not only is the DailyKos disgustingly inspecting Bristol's midriff with all the fervor of LA paparazzi examining J-Lo's or Jennifer Aniston's washboard stomachs for evidence of a "bump," the DailyKos is wrong on when the photo was taken. It was taken, and published, by the Anchorage Daily News in 2006. Baby Trig, a child with Down's Syndrome, was born on April 18, 2008. That's a long time for a teen girl to be carrying a "bump" which looks nothing more than the curve of a tight sweater.

Shortly after Palin was announced as McCain's VP, bloggers at the Kos started ginning up the rumor Palin faked her pregnancy, allegedly to cover for an illegitimate grandchild, because she looked so fit and trim in photos taken a few months before giving birth.

This is only the latest in outrageous attacks against Palin as a mother. Fox News anchor Alan Colmes, of Hannity & Colmes, titled a recent post on his blog Liberaland "Did Palin Take Proper PreNatal Care?" In it, he wondered if she somehow was at fault for having a disabled child. Colmes took down the post after being attacked by the blog Wizbang and later reposted a screenshot of the blog to prove he "wasn't running away from what I posted."

Update: I originally mentioned this Kos rumor in a blog post about CNN's John Roberts's insinuation Palin would not give adequate care and attention to Trig if she became VP."

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

With Palin on board, it looks like its time to roll up our sleeves and make sure the good side is elected. We will do anything we can. Right now, I am contributing to this blog. There is a surge coming, and it ain't Gustav.

Posted by: Peter | September 1, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

bama-biden- infanticide is what baby Alex's mom would have performed if HE was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome- because she "loves him so much"

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

1/30 vs 1/2000- the risks of having a Down's Syndrome baby at age 44 vs 16....NOW THAT'S a HAIL MARY.......aren't you the same bunch of "SWIFTBOATERS lite" who criticized her last week for flying back to Alaska after a speech to deliver the baby "AFTER HER WATER BROKE??!!"--you know, you all were writing in as concerned mothers then with women's names or your usual "anonymous"
Pathetic

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

infanticide 08

Posted by: bama-biden 99 | September 1, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

This week will offer a real contrast for the American people to see. Last week, the nation got to see a rock star in a setting fit for a Greek god. This week, they will get to watch a man and a woman acting presidential and functioning as a governing team. Not only that, they will see a competent Republican governor dealing with a natural disaster in a clear and efficient way, much like Haley Barbour did in 2005. Who do you think the American people are going to want at the helm?

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | September 1, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Is it true that Bill Ayers is on his way to "inspect" the levees?

Posted by: Obasmic | September 1, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a SuperStar - He looks great handling the Hurricane Preparations.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 1, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris,
When Obama went to Europe (and Berlin especially) earlier this summer, there was all this Republican criticism of Obama being presumptuous about the Presidency. What gives McCain the privilege to now appear on national TV as if he were "THE president"? Is it because the governors in the affected states are Republican? Just imagine the furor if Obama had done this quasi-presidential tour of the hurricane-about-to-be-hit areas!! The MSM does an extremely poor job of calling McCain out on such things.

Posted by: NC | September 1, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Chris, it won't matter what McCain does (however "pitch perfect" at this point) if Gustav leads to serious flooding due to heavy rains as the new pumps installed all around the interior of the "bowl" of levies the Corps has built around the city fail.

They were purchased from a firm affiliated with Jeb Bush and were (the last I heard) not only not functional but rumored to be defective. (Keep one eye open wide on that little detail, OK?)

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | September 1, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Will some of you just drop the interest in Palin's pregnancy. Irrelevant, distracting, and bad politics.

She's anti-science, which is what we have had in the White House for nearly 8 years now. She lies, yes lies, about how much impact drilling in ANWAR would have. She instituted a bounty of wolves in Alaska. She doesn't think humans are impacting the global climate. She thinks creationism should be taught in schools. She thinks the founding fathers put "One Nation Under God" in the pledge of allegiance. She may even think we are in the end days. Even her record of "reform" is totally off base. She wanted that Bridge to Nowhere before it became politically expedient to be otherwise.

McCain's pick of Palin demonstrates his commitment to the ideologies that we as a nation are tired of. There was a time when I would most certainly have entertained voting for McCain (say 2000), but his cynical shift to the right is so disgusting.

More pain? Vote McCain.

Posted by: rightsaid | September 1, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. Obama the person of integrity has his legion of supporters being urged to help out with donations, etc. in order to assist people impacted by Gustav.

McCain the panderer flies down to the impacted region taking up time and resources for a photo opportunity.

Time and again, Obama's campaign illustrates why he will choose an administration that will govern wisely.

Obama-Biden '08!

Posted by: rightsaid | September 1, 2008 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama the empty suit can’t win this election. He's a disaster.

He should have taken advantage of the Clinton’s popularity and the love still felt for them throughout the world.

Obama never won the primary. Obama stole it from Hillary.The world watched the DNC hand the nomination to Obama by silencing voters.

Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party because of his own self centered narcissist personality.

The media can say what they want about Obama winning the primary but voters know the truth, especially Clinton supporters. Obama ignored voters. Florida and Michigan will never forget it.

Obama and Michelle were given a second chance to put Hillary on his ticket, but instead chose to hog the glory and embarrass the Democratic Party.

Obama could have won these women over.
Now McCain is winning the Hillary women with his VP pick.
Obama is risky, radical and not a great patriot.

Remember: Rezko, (the criminal), Reverend Wright (the anti Semitic racist) and William Ayers ( Obama’s coworker = domestic terrorist)

God is watching and the world is staring at our unfair voting process.

The Democratic Party is embarrassing.

Posted by: Al from NJ | September 1, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

What if the daughter of Gov. Palin had an amnio performed? Down Syndrome is rare in young women, but not unheard of. The amnio could reveal this condition to the family, allowing Gov. Palin to claim her daughter's baby as her own to her obvious political advantage. Maybe this would explain the absurd idea of 'announcing' one's pregnancy at 7 months. Do the dates work out? The primary reason to doubt this scenario, I suppose, would be to assume that no one would be this stupid.

Posted by: WhatIf | September 1, 2008 4:12 AM | Report abuse

The latest CNN poll has the "APPEASEMENT TEAM" up by 1 or 2 The "BOUNCE IS GONE"

Sarah is the New Republican Terminator she will Terminate Biden in their debate.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
ps I am sure Biden will regret his remark about how pretty she is.

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | September 1, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

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 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Five words you will NOT hear mentioned within 10 miles of the convention:

"Heck of a job Palin."

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 1, 2008 3:28 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 McCain and Bush yucking it up while Katrina is slamming into NOLA in 2006:

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: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 3:09 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 2006:

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 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Scott:
Thanks for your information.

It confirms that Palins 16 year old daughter, could indeed give birth to a baby with such an affliction.

BTW: Andrew Sullivan reports on his blog the palin pregnancy story will soon "go wide and explosive"

So much for McCain vetting LOL

Link to Palin Pregnancy Scandal

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

Posted by: Bob | September 1, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Former DNC Chair Dan Fowler Believes Hurricane Gustav Is a Laughing Matter!

When former Democratic National Committee chairman Dan Fowler opined to Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) during a flight from Denver to North Carolina last Friday that Hurricane Gustav’s expected devastation of New Orleans during the Republicans National convention is a sign God favors Democrats, he once again demonstrated that Democrats are much more interested in winning an election than the welfare of Americans.

Then on Sunday, Fowler tried to excuse his comments by telling The Associated Press that he was making fun of comments made by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said the attacks were God's punishment for abortion, homosexuality and other sins. The entire exchange was captured and is posted all over the Internet and nowhere during the exchange is Falwell mentioned. This was a transparent after the fact effort to excuse his inappropriate and embarrassing gaffe and no one other than maybe Michael Moore would believe him. It’s bad enough that Fowler doesn’t think before he speaks but why can’t he just own up to his error in judgment and apologize rather than lying about it? The lying tells more about Mr. Fowler's lack of character and class than the original gaffe.

Posted by: A-COL | September 1, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

So who is running Alaska while Sarah Palin campaigns? Is she on leave of absence or something? Since she is supposedly such an important executive in that role, someone should be doing the job. Or is she just taking e-mails on her Blackberry. If so, she should show John how to do it.

Posted by: murrayewv | September 1, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Link to Sarah Palin Pregnancy Scandal Story

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

Posted by: bob | September 1, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

So that whole story about the doctor trying to convince Palin to have an abortion was a lie? the media should look into this, but look what they did to the edwards story? the national enquirer got that one right too.

Posted by: mrs nk austin | September 1, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob/Irene- The quality of your sources belies the quality of your candidate- I suppose followers of such a celebrity read the Enquirer and dailykos to formulate and confirm their thoughts-

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American Pregnancy Association-

Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and is named after John Langdon Down, the doctor who first identified the syndrome. The cause of Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, was discovered in 1959.

In the United States, Down syndrome occurs in 1 of every 800 infants with many as 6,000 children born with Down syndrome each year. It is estimated that about 85% of infants with Down syndrome survive one year and 50% of those will live longer than 50 years. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, there are more than 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.

What causes Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome can be caused by one of three types of abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21. The three genetic variations include:

Trisomy 21- More than 90 % of Down syndrome cases are caused by trisomy 21. An extra chromosome (chromosome 21) originates in the development of either the sperm or the egg. When the egg and the sperm unite to form the fertilized egg, three (rather than two) chromosomes 21 are present. As the cells divide the extra chromosome is repeated in every cell.
Mosaic Trisomy 21 – This is a rare form (less than 2% of cases) of Down syndrome. While similar to simple trisomy 21, the difference is that the extra chromosome 21 is present in some, but not all cells, of the individual. This type of Down syndrome is caused by abnormal cell division after fertilization. The name comes from a random order of normal and abnormal cells (a mosaic). In cellular mosaicism, the mixture can be seen in different cells of the same type; while with tissue mosaicism, one set of cells may have normal chromosomes and another type may have trisomy 21.
Translocation Trisomy 21-Sometimes (in 3-4% of cases) part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) to another chromosome (usually the 13th, 14th or 15th chromosome) before or at conception. The carrier (the one having the translocated chromosome) will have 45 chromosomes instead of 46 but they will have all the genetic material of a person with 46 chromosomes. This is because the extra chromosome 21 material is located on a different chromosome (the translocated one). A carrier will have the extra material but will have only one chromosome 21. The carrier will not exhibit any of the symptoms of Down syndrome because they have the correct amount of genetic material.


For couples who have had one child with Down syndrome due to translocation trisomy 21, there may be an increased likelihood of Down syndrome in future pregnancies. This is because one of the parents may be a balanced carrier of the translocation. The chance of passing the translocation depends on the sex of the parent who carries the rearranged chromosome 21. If the father is the carrier, the risk is about 3 percent, with the mother as the carrier, the risk is about 12 percent.

In all cases of Down syndrome, but especially in cases with translocation trisomy 21, it is important for the parents to have genetic counseling in order to determine their risk.

There are no known behavioral or environmental causes of Down syndrome.

What is the Risk for Down Syndrome?
Some parents have a greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome.

The risk factors include:

Maternal Age
As a woman’s eggs age, there is a higher risk of the chromosomes dividing incorrectly. Therefore the risk of Down syndrome increases with a woman’s age.


Mother’s age Chances of having child with Down syndrome
20 1 in 1,600
25 1 in 1,300
30 1 in 1,000
35 1 in 365
40 1 in 90
45 1 in 30

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob/Irene- The quality of your sources belies the quality of your candidate- I suppose followers of such a celebrity read the Enquirer and dailykos to formulate and confirm their thoughts-

********************
American Pregnancy Association-

Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and is named after John Langdon Down, the doctor who first identified the syndrome. The cause of Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, was discovered in 1959.

In the United States, Down syndrome occurs in 1 of every 800 infants with many as 6,000 children born with Down syndrome each year. It is estimated that about 85% of infants with Down syndrome survive one year and 50% of those will live longer than 50 years. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, there are more than 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.

What causes Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome can be caused by one of three types of abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21. The three genetic variations include:

Trisomy 21- More than 90 % of Down syndrome cases are caused by trisomy 21. An extra chromosome (chromosome 21) originates in the development of either the sperm or the egg. When the egg and the sperm unite to form the fertilized egg, three (rather than two) chromosomes 21 are present. As the cells divide the extra chromosome is repeated in every cell.
Mosaic Trisomy 21 – This is a rare form (less than 2% of cases) of Down syndrome. While similar to simple trisomy 21, the difference is that the extra chromosome 21 is present in some, but not all cells, of the individual. This type of Down syndrome is caused by abnormal cell division after fertilization. The name comes from a random order of normal and abnormal cells (a mosaic). In cellular mosaicism, the mixture can be seen in different cells of the same type; while with tissue mosaicism, one set of cells may have normal chromosomes and another type may have trisomy 21.
Translocation Trisomy 21-Sometimes (in 3-4% of cases) part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) to another chromosome (usually the 13th, 14th or 15th chromosome) before or at conception. The carrier (the one having the translocated chromosome) will have 45 chromosomes instead of 46 but they will have all the genetic material of a person with 46 chromosomes. This is because the extra chromosome 21 material is located on a different chromosome (the translocated one). A carrier will have the extra material but will have only one chromosome 21. The carrier will not exhibit any of the symptoms of Down syndrome because they have the correct amount of genetic material.

For couples who have had one child with Down syndrome due to translocation trisomy 21, there may be an increased likelihood of Down syndrome in future pregnancies. This is because one of the parents may be a balanced carrier of the translocation. The chance of passing the translocation depends on the sex of the parent who carries the rearranged chromosome 21. If the father is the carrier, the risk is about 3 percent, with the mother as the carrier, the risk is about 12 percent.

In all cases of Down syndrome, but especially in cases with translocation trisomy 21, it is important for the parents to have genetic counseling in order to determine their risk.

There are no known behavioral or environmental causes of Down syndrome.

What is the Risk for Down Syndrome?
Some parents have a greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome.

The risk factors include:

Maternal Age
As a woman’s eggs age, there is a higher risk of the chromosomes dividing incorrectly. Therefore the risk of Down syndrome increases with a woman’s age.

Mother’s age Chances of having child with Down syndrome
20 1 in 1,600
25 1 in 1,300
30 1 in 1,000
35 1 in 365
40 1 in 90
45 1 in 30

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

I clicked on the link to the story about the palin pregnancy scandal. This is a pretty massive lie to the public, if true, and raises character questions. And just look at the pictures. Nothing. 7 months, 8 months, 9 months, and there's just no baby on that woman.

Posted by: hhusp | September 1, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Bob and Irene:
The quality of our citations mirrors the quality of our candidates- I suppose followers of such a celebrity are used to reading the enquirer and the daily kos in order to formulate their thoughts-
***********
American Pregnancy Association-

Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and is named after John Langdon Down, the doctor who first identified the syndrome. The cause of Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, was discovered in 1959.

In the United States, Down syndrome occurs in 1 of every 800 infants with many as 6,000 children born with Down syndrome each year. It is estimated that about 85% of infants with Down syndrome survive one year and 50% of those will live longer than 50 years. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, there are more than 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.

What causes Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome can be caused by one of three types of abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21. The three genetic variations include:

Trisomy 21- More than 90 % of Down syndrome cases are caused by trisomy 21. An extra chromosome (chromosome 21) originates in the development of either the sperm or the egg. When the egg and the sperm unite to form the fertilized egg, three (rather than two) chromosomes 21 are present. As the cells divide the extra chromosome is repeated in every cell.
Mosaic Trisomy 21 – This is a rare form (less than 2% of cases) of Down syndrome. While similar to simple trisomy 21, the difference is that the extra chromosome 21 is present in some, but not all cells, of the individual. This type of Down syndrome is caused by abnormal cell division after fertilization. The name comes from a random order of normal and abnormal cells (a mosaic). In cellular mosaicism, the mixture can be seen in different cells of the same type; while with tissue mosaicism, one set of cells may have normal chromosomes and another type may have trisomy 21.
Translocation Trisomy 21-Sometimes (in 3-4% of cases) part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) to another chromosome (usually the 13th, 14th or 15th chromosome) before or at conception. The carrier (the one having the translocated chromosome) will have 45 chromosomes instead of 46 but they will have all the genetic material of a person with 46 chromosomes. This is because the extra chromosome 21 material is located on a different chromosome (the translocated one). A carrier will have the extra material but will have only one chromosome 21. The carrier will not exhibit any of the symptoms of Down syndrome because they have the correct amount of genetic material.

For couples who have had one child with Down syndrome due to translocation trisomy 21, there may be an increased likelihood of Down syndrome in future pregnancies. This is because one of the parents may be a balanced carrier of the translocation. The chance of passing the translocation depends on the sex of the parent who carries the rearranged chromosome 21. If the father is the carrier, the risk is about 3 percent, with the mother as the carrier, the risk is about 12 percent.

In all cases of Down syndrome, but especially in cases with translocation trisomy 21, it is important for the parents to have genetic counseling in order to determine their risk.

There are no known behavioral or environmental causes of Down syndrome.

What is the Risk for Down Syndrome?
Some parents have a greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome.

The risk factors include:

Maternal Age
As a woman’s eggs age, there is a higher risk of the chromosomes dividing incorrectly. Therefore the risk of Down syndrome increases with a woman’s age.

Mother’s age Chances of having child with Down syndrome
20 1 in 1,600
25 1 in 1,300
30 1 in 1,000
35 1 in 365
40 1 in 90
45 1 in 30

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey Scott:
Whatever stats you want to use, the following story is all over the internet..See: Drudge

Sarah Palin's 16 year old daughter got pregnant and in shame, Sarah Palin orchestrated a coverup.

Even the " on the record" story, Sarah Palin tells of the delivery of the child is odd.

--Her water breaks while giving a speech in Texas.
Rather than got to a local hospital, she gets on an airplane and flies 10-hours to Alaska.

--Upon landing, she skips several local hospitals, and drives 45-minutes to a small rural hospital, where, (surprise surprise) her daughter is a patient.

What mom, giving birth prematurely, in a high risk pregnancy acts like this?

Her own story does not add up.


Posted by: Bob/ | September 1, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

i found a link to the story about the sarah palin phony pregnancy story. oh my

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

Posted by: Irene | September 1, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I definitely see Gustav as a high risk, high reward proposition for John McCain, not only for the fact that he gets to avoid embracing the Bush Administration but for the fact that he is asking Americans to serve, in a cultural sense. During Gov. Warner's address to the DNC, one of his most powerful points was that Pres. Bush (43) did not ask Americans to serve (i.e. did not ask them to commit to a cause immediately after 9/11 rather than did not ask the men and women of the military to serve.) In Barack Obama's address, he asked Americans to commit to their communities. Here, John McCain is implicitly asking Americans to do the same thing. This will be very valuable in combating the notion that McCain/Palin is 4 more years of Bush/Cheney.

Additionally, John McCain has seized control of the political Gustav narrative. Any action taken by the Obama campaign (including his announcement that he would use his e-mail list to "encourage" people to volunteer and donate $$) could be seen as reactionary to McCain's campaign (who told the RNC to have the convention essentially become a telethon for the Red Cross.

Two final (slightly unrelated) points:
- I felt that either the DNC or RNC should be held in New Orleans to highlight the rebirth of the city. Any party that chose New Orleans as a convention site could contribute to the economic rise of the city and could get some powerful potential political imagery. The RNC is lucky that they decided to hold the convention in Minneapolis; the chaos surrounding a convention would only have hindered efforts to evacuate Louisiana.
- To those folks who feel that this is God siding with the Democrats, acts of God are unpredictable. If Gustav came into New Orleans four days ago, it would have taken coverage from Barak Obama's acceptance speech. If the storm hit a week ago, the Obama campaign would have to deal with balancing conventioneering with concern for Gustav. The fact that Gustav is hitting during the RNC is pure coincidence.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Gulf region right now.

Posted by: Alex | September 1, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bob, while you tapping away at Google....don't you honestly think that the Biden-MBNA scandal, which was published in last week's NY Times, is a true shame? Biden claims to represent working class people and then votes againstt their interests selling his vote to the credit card industry, as his son gets a half million dollar contract from the credit card industry-

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

"PS elytis - re your comment above full of gems such as "It was in some ways reminded you of a Lani Rosenthal’s documentary of Adolf Hitler’s rally in Munich!"
You are an intellectual embarrassment!"
-----------------------------------------

"Lani Rosenthal." You've got to love it.

We surely get the President we deserve.

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 1, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

GOP Moderate in Maine -
To be fair,16 year olds very rarely have children with Down's Syndrome...44 year old women often do. "Enquiring minds" ought to know that.

Posted by: Obama supporter in Illinois | September 1, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

"85% of children born with that disease are from moms UNDER 35"
NO Bob, you are citing the wrong statistic- yes, so many more babies are born to women under 35 than over 35.......crickets......
have you researched female fertiity and advvancing age in this country?...what's that artificial insemination thing that's the source of all those stem cells BOB?....the POINT is that the likelihood of one single solitary 16 yo girl with nice fresh ova having a child with Downs is approx 1/2000 and the likelihood of Sarah Palin with her 44 yo ova is 1/30! Go read Bob and then get back to me....

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

IF -- and that is a BIG if -- the National Enquirer Story about Sarah Palin is true, then McCain is history.

No one believed the Enquirer when they broke the Gary Hart scandal, or the Edwards scandal.

Palin's story about how her last baby was delivered always sounded odd. I hope the story is not true, but a cursory reading of the Enquirer story sounds plausible.

What was this woman thinking when she accepted VP? That this would not come out?

She sounds alot like Edwards.


Posted by: GOP Moderate in Maine | September 1, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

If this is true, that Sarah Palin faked a pregnancy to cover up the pregnancy of her 16-year old daughter...she is a criminal.

I am a conservative republican and what Mrs. Palin has done, if true, is a sin.

To be honest, at the very least, there ARE alot of unanswered questions, that should be addressed now. And not just a week before the election.

Posted by: Irene | September 1, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

I can remember everyone reporting about some guy within James Dobson's organization praying for rain or a storm over the Democratic Convention last week. Maybe the guy really screwed up the dates. At any rate, all of our thoughts and support will go out to the Gulf coast folks.

Posted by: Carl | September 1, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Scott;
YOU are the mis-informed.

85% of children born with that disease are from moms UNDER 35.

Go the the website: webmd.com
or any website dedicated to this medical condition.

Sarah never expected to be nominated for VP and never, ever expected that the her "estranged family members" (ex-in laws) would turn her in.

There is lots of bad blood in that family.
(typical white trash) and with the Enquirer handing out $$$$....all sorts of Palin dirt will emerge>


Posted by: Bob | September 1, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

ryanorulz- that black and white one looks more like your mother sleazebag

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Hey BOB YOU MORON-
What is the likelihood that a 16 year old girl has a Baby with Down's syndrome????????????
What is the likelihood that a 44 yo women does?????????

Maternal Age
As a woman’s eggs age, there is a higher risk of the chromosomes dividing incorrectly. Therefore the risk of Down syndrome increases with a woman’s age.

Mother’s age Chances of having child with Down syndrome
20 1 in 1,600
25 1 in 1,300
30 1 in 1,000
35 1 in 365
40 1 in 90
45 1 in 30

Besides, given the fact that Joe Biden's son took a $500,000 package from MBNA in exchange for his father's vote on the Bankruptcy Reform Act (NY TIMES p 13 8/25)....Palin's not the VP candidate with a family scandal!
But keep reading the Enquirer...I hear you get a year's subscription with every $100 donation to Obama...

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Palin will be OFF the ticket by mid-October.

Both "TrooperGate" and now "BabyGate"

scandals will sink her....and McCain's

judgement.

Thank You National Enquirer For Next Weeks Cover Story about the Palin Family Scandal.

Posted by: bob | September 1, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

"THE POLITICS OF METEOROLOGICAL EXPLOITATION"...

CHRIS CILLIZZA GIVES McCAIN A HEADS-UP
FOR A CATEGORY 5 POLITICAL DISASTER!


Chris:

Your excellent reporting this evening enshrines a new word in the political lexicon: GUSTAVICATION.

If McCain campaign strategists were thinking of exploiting the coming tragedy for political gain, a careful reading of your column should dissuade them.

When you say, "McCain could come out of the convention looking stronger than anyone expected," you are, of course, speaking in sardonic code, a la Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Well played!

Because, if McCain does try to exploit the hurricane's aftermath with political stuntwork, he will look so crass, so craven, so opportunistic, so bereft of principle, that the Dems will eat him for lunch and the press will feast on the carcass.

Now, there are those who have read your post and believe that you are naive and truly see a benefit to be gained if McCain uses the hurricane as a convenient environmental backdrop for political opportunism.

I choose to believe that my favorite political blogger knows full well the likely outcome, and figures, what the hell? If the old man can't figure this one out, let him suffer the consquences!

There is, however, a huge benefit for McCain if he just lays back and turns the twin cities' partying into one big charity event for Gustav relief.

The delay buys McCain some time to deal with the realization that his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate already is backfiring. Even conservative commentators are questioning the judgment of a would-be president who names a totally inexperienced short-term state politician as the potential successor to a 72-year-old cancer survivor.

The hurricane also thwarts, at least for a few days, a possible GOP convention campaign to torpedo the Palin pick by outraged anti-McCainiacs -- some of whom probably would like to take aim at the top of the ticket as well.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

p.s. -- If anyone reading this works at "JudicialWatch.org" or knows somebody who does: I tried to post the above links in a "comments" section on their web site, but it was rejected as "spam" because someone or some entity "spoofed" my IP address and thus falsely associated the post with a past spamming of that site. (I know this because I got a denial message listing an IP address that is not mine.)

Please help me confound the paid disinformation trolls by forwarding the above paragraphs and links to the Judicial Watch blog, under the item "ABC Reporter Arrested at DNC in Denver." Consider it a contribution to protecting the First Amendment. Thanks.

Posted by: scrivener | September 1, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

What about the politcal fall out from these photos someone has dug up of Sarah Palin from the 80's/90's?:
http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-hot-pics-you-cant-afford-to.html

Posted by: ryanorulz | September 1, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

"PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 28-30, including two days of interviewing since the close of the Democratic National Convention, finds Barack Obama with a six percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential contest, 48% to 42%"

Hey Kreuz- The 2 polls I cited were STARTED AFTER the Palin announcement on Aug 29th (not 28th).....reading comprehension is
KREUZIAL to these arguments man, stay on the ball so we can have an intelligent exchange...

Hey what ever happened to that guy Bush- wasn't he running against your very excellent Senator from Massachusetts? How'd that campaign work out?

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse


The National Enquirer Broke the John Edwards Story. (to the delight of the GOP)

Now They Are Breaking the Sarah Palin Pregnancy Scandal!

“Pregnancy Coverup”
--Trig is Not Her Son.
--Trig is her Grandson!
--Palin Family In Huge Coverup Of 16-Year Old Daughter Pregnancy.

“Full Babygate” details with photos.

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

Posted by: Bob | September 1, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

"a reformer who put her state's interests ahead of her party's....."

Hmmm, I've heard that line somewhere before....

Try George W. Bush, circa 2000.

I suggest you check with Gallup, Obama/Biden up by 6, with 2 of 3 days of poll taken after the Palin pick was announced.


Overall, if everything goes PICTURE PERFECT, McCain could end up doing as well after this as if he had had a strong convention, but one other thing to factor in here, there's a decent chance that the storm itself may significantly weaken AND not get anywhere near a significant city, thus there wouldn't even be a major Red Cross reaction for someone to look presidential for. The convention could be dampened as stuff gets cancelled in anticipation of the storm, and the worst thankfully never comes, leaving McCain high and dry.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | September 1, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

it's only a matter of time roe vs wade is overturned - it's bad law... it will end up back to the states

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I always love your pieces; they are wonderfully playful and smart. But the selection of Sarah Palins is dangerous. I reviewed a gubernatorial debate saved in CSPAN's video archives(11/02/2006). In this debate she indicated that she opposed abortion even in the case of rape. The moderator asked: If your daughter was raped would you still oppose abortion. Her response: "I would support life." Having the governor any where near a Supreme Court justice selection process would be a disaster for all, especially women.

Posted by: Befuddled | September 1, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

The economy headed towards depression, the American dream is dying, we are in a losing war and we have no respect in the world, people can't find work, thousands of veterans are homeless and starving, the country is bankrupt, we have caused global warming and we don't have much time left. The United States sucks.

- This message has been brought to you by Barrack Obama and the democracts

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"...she has to debate Biden and let him drink her milkshake.

Giving her time won't help. This woman is a right wing nut..."
LH
***********
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 12:15 AM | Report abuse

russian activist shot in the head was really a c.i.a./mossad agent.Mr.Putin knows what he is doing and he is very good at his job.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Using a natural disaster as a political prop would disgusting. McCain should give his speech at the convention. Having him give the speech at the hurricane would add to the chaos and make the search and rescue effort worse.

Posted by: Eva Young | September 1, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

"Another Miss for Chris...Sorry Chris Cillizza. Having the Republican Convention reduced to two days (currently) is bad news for the Republicans.
Obama-Junkie"
**************************
Another miss for Camp Obama:

Let's See- CNN National Poll prior to Historic Democratic Convention culminating in 80,000 seat Mile High Stadium Rock Concert- 47 Obama/47 McCain-
4 pt margin of error

CNN National Poll taken immediately after Concert over AND after Palin Nominated but PRIOR to Republican Convention-
49 Obama/48 McCain- 4 pt margin of error................

Having McCain's VP choice validated by the complete cancellation of the Democratic campaign bounce, evidenced by EARLIER Gallup and Rasmusson polls..........priceless

Zogby actually has McCain UP by 2...also STARTED after Palin choice.....the shortening of the convention is the appropriate action in this time of National crisis....Sen. McCain is merely doing what any decent leader would do....I'm sure given the situation, Sen. Obama would have done the same, BUT don't think it's hurting us....it merely validates John Mccain's message of country first, as does his apparently very popular choice of a reformer who put her state's interests ahead of her party's.....

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Lucky John McCain! Once again he gets lucky when he most needs it. Here in Arizona it seemed like always when John was running the biggest Democratic goofball running would win the nomination in the primary to run against him so that in all his elections here, he never had serious opposition. One time they had to bring in a guy from Mexico who rode a motorbike to run against him. Another time he ran against a woman environmental nut who would have put Al Gore to shame. Now when everybody gets a chance to see him embrace Bush and Cheney on Monday night there is a (for him)convenient storm so he can tell them to stay home. Lucky John! To top off his luck he is running against the weakest ticket the Democrats could put together. This ticket should have been reversed and democrats would be measuring the drapes for the Oval Office by now.

Posted by: Opa2 | September 1, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh, this is a rich line:

"And most important this gives Palin time to get her feet under her."

Bwaahahaha! Translation: she is an idiot who needs time to learn the most basic facts of American government and foreign policy before she has to debate Biden and let him drink her milkshake.

Giving her time won't help. This woman is a right wing nut- she's even against stem cell research, and ... birth control! WHO is against birth control in this day and age? A lunatic extremist.

Posted by: LH | August 31, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I hope McCain gives his acceptance speech via video link from that same hall in Metairie, Louisiana, that he used before. The gorgeous lime-green background was so flattering to his skin tone, and his command of the teleprompter was most impressive. Such a cheerful smile!

Seriously, the more Americans really see of this guy, and his "soulmate" Palin, the worse the chances for the Republicans -- and the better the chances for the republic.

Posted by: bjhunt | August 31, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Now obama supporters are quoting a Cuban psychologist from 1970 hahaha
fools... all of you obama freaks

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

McCainiacs - Wasn't it your God people who were praying for it to rain in Denver last week...and now they have their answer - Katrina's big brother Gustav is bearing down the same way during your Republican sham convention? How is it that the religious in Europe seek greater social services to protect the children that ARE born and the "religious" in your party only seek to protect them to birth and could give a crud beyond the womb? How many of those “right-to-lifers” have taken in minority foster children from our ghettos? How many of them would vote for a tax hike to pay for pre-and post natal care for all those aborted fetuses?

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

The people of the Gulf have one thing going for them. If this storm had to happen, its timing right in the middle of the political season ensures that everyone is going to be doing their damndest to make sure people are getting the help they need (and that the press knows about it). It's a cynical view, but help is help, even if the bulk of its motivation may be somewhat self-serving.

However, I would strongly advise McCain NOT to accept his party's nomination using post-hurricane devastation as a backdrop. Mentioning the affected people in his acceptance speech would be reasonable and appropriate, but using their misery as some kind of stage decoration would make him look opportunistic, not presidential.

Posted by: Conventional Wisdom | August 31, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Any situation that allows the Repubs to hide BUSH and CHENEY from the public is a BLESSING for them.

Posted by: Chris | August 31, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I think you might be looking for the silver lining a bit too much. While there are parts of this that can make McCain look good, I don't think it has a real resonance with the public. The story is the hurricane, not McCain. Plus, losing the convention time means lost time to spurt negative attacks - the ones that Republicans are good at and key to a win. Lastly, I would advise McCain to make his speech at the convention - it might look too much like he's taking political advantage of the situation by speaking via videolink. (And it basically preempts him from covering anything else that the hurricane.)

Posted by: neb | August 31, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Interesting observation at McCain cancellation of Monday's opening night of the Republican Convention from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/01/us/politics/01repubs.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin:

"As unintended consequences go, Hurricane Gustav does present some political opportunities for Mr. McCain. He looked like a man in charge on television Sunday as he described meeting with Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and federal disaster officials."

Looking like the man in the charge is not being the man in the charge, it's a political charade.

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

McCain and Pallin will lie there ass off the entire time.

And the idiot media will be too stupid to notice.

Chris, go away.

Posted by: ken | August 31, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

If just ONE of those offshore oil platforms leak. The idea of drilling closer to the shoreline. Will take a serious political hit. When Katrina hit and leaks small as they may have been were of little note in the greater story. This will not be the case this time around. Drilling closer to shore increases the chances of the crude providing a contiuing problem long after the hurricane is gone

Posted by: Mike R | August 31, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

http://billtotten.blogspot.com/2008/06/from-glory-boy-to-pw-songbird.html

On the other hand, according to one source, McCain's collaboration may have had very real consequences. Retired Army Colonel Earl Hopper, a veteran of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, contends that the information that McCain divulged classified information North Vietnam used to hone their air defense system.

Hopper's son, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Earl Pearson Hopper was, like McCain, shot down over North Vietnam. Hopper the younger, however, was declared "Missing in Action". Stemming from the loss of his son, the elder Hopper co-founded the National League of Families, an organization devoted to the return of Vietnam War POWs.

According to the elder Hopper, McCain told his North Vietnamese captors, "highly classified information, the most important of which was the package routes, which were routes used to bomb North Vietnam. He gave in detail the altitude they were flying, the direction, if they made a turn ... he gave them what primary targets the United States was interested in". Hopper contends that the information McCain provided allowed the North Vietnamese to adjust their air-defenses. As result, Hopper claims, the US lost sixty percent more aircraft and in 1968, "called off the bombing of North Vietnam, because of the information McCain had given to them". {6}

>>>>>>>>>>>According to Fernando Barral, a Cuban psychologist who questioned McCain in January 1970, "McCain was "boastful" during their interview and "without remorse" for any civilian deaths that occurred "when he bombed Hanoi". McCain has a similar recollection, writing in his [autobiography] that he responded, "No, I do not" when Barral asked if he felt remorse". {9}

McCain told [Barral] that he had not been subjected to "physical or moral violence", and "lamented in the interview that 'if I hadn't been shot down, I would have become an admiral at a younger age than my father'".

"Barral said McCain boasted that he was the best pilot in the Navy and that he wanted to be an astronaut". The Cuban psychologist concluded that McCain was [a] 'psychopath'." {10}

>>>>>>>>>>>However ... two weeks into his stay at the Vietnamese hospital, the Hanoi press began quoting him. It was not "name rank and serial number, or kill me", as specified by the military code of conduct. McCain divulged specific military information: he gave the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, the number of US pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight formation, as well as information about the location of rescue ships. {5}

Posted by: McCain: War hero or TRAITOR? | August 31, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess now that McCain wants to win an election, he would support all those bills for Katrina victims that he opposed. What a hypocrite. He even voted against a bi-partisan commission to study what went wrong and recommend corrective action.

But now candidate McCain is just full of concern.

But the Washington Post continues in it's role as an extension of the McCain campaign instead of actually doing an investigation into so many issues involving McCain.

You know if Obama were inserting himself in this disaster to this degree that you would be yellinbg he's presumptuous.

Posted by: Sandy | August 31, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain plans to benefit from people suffering and you ideologues continue to support this nitwit. What will it take for you to wake up? A nuclear war?
BTW, abortions actually decrease when Democrats are in office. Why? Because they govern better. You know what kills the unborn and the born? Bad policy kills. Poverty kills! A lack of Health care kills! Lack of prenatal care kills! A failed energy policy kills (IRAQ)! A broken education system kills! You say you want small government, but are perfectly fine with it controlling your lives and telling you what to believe. I am pro-choice but that doesn't mean I'm pro-abortion. We should teach our kids to make good responsible decisions and this means educating them comprehensively. You would decrease the margin of error and unwanted pregnancies.

Posted by: Enough | August 31, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

This is insane. We're so doomed. Humanity can only survive on a foundation of rationality. How can these contests come down to 50-50 races every time? One side is thoughtful and intelligent and the other shallow and crass. Who even cares about political leanings on issues in a case like this? We can't be led by small minded people. Liberalism and Conservatism both have their pros and cons and they need to be allowed to compete on their merits in a land of rational problem solving.

Why do we have to evacuate the ENTIRE city of New Orleans? Because it hasn't been made ready to sustain a hurricane; and event which happens multiple times every year. Are we going to do this every time? The only thing we should be hearing from the candidates are their plans for disaster preparedness. OK, so its a campaign and you want to do something more to help? One guy will go down there and get all the local leaders, who should be working, to give him a tour and take some pictures followed by a simplistic speech about Americans coming together and NOT POLITICIZING IT. The nerve! The other says "let the professionals do their work, we'll wait and see the damage and then if necessary I will tap my network for donations and volunteers for rebuilding". Which one is the next president? The fact that we can't say yet is mind-boggling.

Posted by: Doug Christian | August 31, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see:
* Politicizing POW status - check
* Politicizing VP role with an under-qualified attractive female (pandering the female vote) - check
* Politicizing a catastrophe that could kill hundreds of people (again) - check

It seems like there's quite of panic going on on the McCain side in the last month or so. He's running a disgusting and shameful campaign, and it would completely irresponsible to vote for Mccain/palin ticket.

Posted by: Joe the Vet | August 31, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

All of these politicians need to stay as far from NoLa and surrounding areas as possible, and let the rescue and relief workers do their job.

Pathetic pandering...sorry, no points for being there on the 'do-over'.

Posted by: Look at the caring Republicans! | August 31, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I know - let's use the hurricane for a good photo op. Maybe people will forget that three years ago I was celebrating my birthday with Pres. Bush when Katrina hit.

McCain 2008.

This is crass politicization of a natural disaster - and the MSM just seems to lap it up. The GOP brought us the monumental failures during Katrina and it aftermath. What is up???

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

aleks

If they'd stayed home, you'd whine about that. It doesn't matter what they do; in your panic, you're going to snivel louder and louder until you realize your party lost. Again.
Bet Hillary would already be in NOLA, huh?

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA: Asks volunteers to help.

MCCAIN: Sees an opportunity for a photo op.

...it's just that simple.

Posted by: Slicer | August 31, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

kevin

Never mind the link. I just looked it up.
CNN's got obama up by 1 right now.
CNN. You know, the unbiased network.

Zogby's got McCain up by 2.

Gallup is a joke.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

So instead of partying and cutting cake like McCain and Bush did when Katrina was striking in 2005, they're going to drag their entourages through the disaster zone and interfere with evacuation, preparation and relief efforts. Great guys, just great.

Posted by: Aleks | August 31, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Hannah will go north and probably go out in the Atlantic or go around N.C.

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Another Miss for Chris...Sorry Chris Cillizza. Having the Republican Convention reduced to two days (currently) is bad news for the Republicans. Their message and their platforms will be severely truncated or not available. Hurricane Gustav will draw priority media attention Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Depending on how much damage is done to the oil ports and platforms, Hurricane Gustav's impact could dominate the news cycle till the 7th anniversary of 9/11 on Sept. 11th which will turn media attention back to area of the War on Terror and national security. This will be Obama and Biden's time to show their national security chops on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But is not being reported on in the mainstream media is Tropical Storm Hannah which could follow behind Hurricane Gustav and become a Hurricane itself around Sept. 11th or so.

Severe weather coverage will dominate the news over the next three weeks which delays McCain's attempt to introduce Sarah Palin.

The time delay does give Palin time to study and learn the issues of McCain's campaign, but also gives Obama's campaign time to outline the appropriate attack to use against Palin.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 31, 2008 10:39 PM

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

kevin

Link?

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

KEVIN AT 10:23 P.M. GIVES OBAMA "THE LINE" OF NEXT WEEK!

Obama: "John McCain's campaign slogan is 'Country First.'

"But when it came to Hurricane Gustav, it was 'Politics First.'"

Posted by: scrivener | August 31, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Another Miss for Chris...Sorry Chris Cillizza. Having the Republican Convention reduced to two days (currently) is bad news for the Republicans. Their message and their platforms will be severely truncated or not available. Hurricane Gustav will draw priority media attention Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Depending on how much damage is done to the oil ports and platforms, Hurricane Gustav's impact could dominate the news cycle till the 7th anniversary of 9/11 on Sept. 11th which will turn media attention back to area of the War on Terror and national security. This will be Obama and Biden's time to show their national security chops on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But is not being reported on in the mainstream media is Tropical Storm Hannah which could follow behind Hurricane Gustav and become a Hurricane itself around Sept. 11th or so.

Severe weather coverage will dominate the news over the next three weeks which delays McCain's attempt to introduce Sarah Palin.

The time delay does give Palin time to study and learn the issues of McCain's campaign, but also gives Obama's campaign time to outline the appropriate attack to use against Palin.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 31, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama has never been behind in any composite of national polls. He is currently up 3.5 overall and as much as 8 in the Gal poll.

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kevin

"...the polls show that (Obama)has a credible shot at POTUS BEFORE the convention..."

What polls are you talking about?

Zogby's got obama at 2-3 points BEHIND right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:34 PM

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

OfficerMancuso

I stand corrected.

I should have quoted you, then said- and neither was a Democrat.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

kevin

"...the polls show that (Obama)has a credible shot at POTUS BEFORE the convention..."

What polls are you talking about?

Zogby's got obama at 2-3 points BEHIND right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Do you know why blue collar Midwesterners are uncomfortable with Obama? Yes because he's black and that's not going to change

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

What, if anything Washington was a Federalist. The Republican party didn't even exist till 1854. You don't know much about your own party do you?

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OfficerMancuso

"Eisenhower and Washington, God bless them..."

Bravo!!!

Both were Republicans, incidentally, as is McCain.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM

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

lou

"aw, does viejo1 miss his liddle burning cross?"

No, lou, I don't, given the fact that the KKK is a racist organization, and, since I'm not a racist, wouldn't have any use for a burning cross.

Do you miss having a democrat President in the White House? Let's see, you'd have to be at least 10 years old to remember one-you are at least 10, aren't you? One can't discern that from your childish post.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain says we shouldn't play politics with another Hurricane bearing down on New Orleans, while also "floating the idea that he might deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night from the area blasted by the storm." Is there anything more political than a nomination acceptance speech? McCain holding an acceptance speech in an area 'blasted' by storm days earlier will look 'presidential' if your idea of presidential is seeing Bush give a speech in new orleans days after a storm blasted the city in 2005. That one could backfire big-time. All those efforts to distance himself from Bush - then copying the Bush playbook, playing politics in a disaster zone. The man doesn't get it.

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

With the questions of Obama's experience fully vetted over the past 19 months with the running of a sterling campaign; Obama having a successful and "presidential" overseas trip; and Obama having an excellent Dem convention - capped with a strong speech in front of 38M + U.S. viewers, Obama has already passed a threshold with only 60+ days to go. The polls already show that he has a credible shot of being POTUS BEFORE the Dem convention.

VP picks are supposed to be unseen and unheard for the most part. Aside from the foreign policy benefit, Obama's pick was wise in that the media only spent 3 days or so on Biden because he is a known quantity.

McCain's VP pick guarantees that Palin will receive unprecedented media scrutiny for the remaining 60+ days until Nov 4th. The focus will now be off Obama between debates, allowing him to close his case to voters in small forums in the targeted battleground states. Conversely, the continual focus will be on McCain's age and Palin's fitness to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

McCain/Palin ticket now has to execute PERFECTLY going forward: no margin for error at all. With Palin so new on the national political scene, this is highly unlikely. This is why McCain's VP pick will backfire: it will be seen for the "Politics First" gimmick it really is.

Posted by: Kevin | August 31, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

OfficerMancuso

"Eisenhower and Washington, God bless them..."

Bravo!!!

Both were Republicans, incidentally, as is McCain.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"But, he beats a former muslim buddy of a terrorist with a crazed racist for a preacher for 20 years anytime."
--viejo1

Aw, does viejo1 miss his liddle burning cross?

Posted by: Lou | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

What is "politics" in a democracy, but the public deciding how its business should be conducted?

Can you imagine a major corporation faced with a crisis, deciding that it will have to cancel or scale down the next meeting of its board of directors?

McCain has a certain shallowness to his understanding of democracy that seems endemic to career military officers who have been trained (quite properly) that in their role as officers of the military they are not to shape politics, but to accept direction from the person politics makes commander in chief.

And many voters in many lands have become enamored of the gleaming white "man on horseback" when politics (again, in a democracy, that would be the public deciding how to conduct the public's business) seems to have brought them to a dead end.

If what you want is empire, the man on horseback has typically been a good deal, at least if you're willing to accept a short-lived empire.

If what you want is freedom, the man on horseback has typically been a horror.

Eisenhower and Washington, God bless them, being the exceptions that prove the rule.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | August 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"As long as we properly handle the Gustavication of the convention, it may be a positive," said one GOP operative. He added that with the exception of speeches by Palin and McCain "everything else is just an opportunity to make a mistake or distract from the historic nature of the ticket."

1.) this assumes that no one notices McCain's own lousy record on Katrina or that Gustav will be just bad enough to be a photo-op

2.) this assumes Palin and McCain will give great speeches. Past performance would suggest otherwise. McCain's announcement in Dayton was hardly inspiring and poorly attended.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

BaaBaaLoo

You're right. McCain's the last one I wanted to be nominated for the Republican nominee. I would have preferred Mike Huckabbe, personally.

But, he beats a former muslim buddy of a terrorist with a crazed racist for a preacher for 20 years anytime.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain floating the idea that he might deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night from the area blasted by the storm."

That would be his most incredibly tone-deaf political misadventure yet.

I hope he does it.

Posted by: Lou | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Mccain Tried to trick Billy Graham into an endorsement. He tried to go to Billy Graham house several times, if for no other reason then he would have spun it into "I was meeting with my good friend Billy Graham today"......... When the family essentially told Mccain to stay away their father and leave him alone. Mccain then started saying he had spoken to his friend Billy Graham on the phone with no other real details. He just wanted to drop Billy Graham name any way he could do it. I was glad the family told what happened with Mccain but Mccain exploited him anyway. with what was most likely a lie. Mccain is a phony no matter how you look at it. I never believe a word he says.

WHAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM BEST SAY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN.......

"He is a vicious person"
Former representative Charles LeBoutillier R-NY
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"An embarrassment to the party"
Arizona GOP state senator Susan Johnson
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"There is nothing redeeming about John Mccain...he's a hypocrite"
Former house GOP whip Tom DeLay
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS
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"Hard headed is one way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me".
Larry Wilkerson, former chief aide to Colin Powell
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"What happens if he gets angry in a crisis...? It's the presidents job to negotiate and stay calm. I just don't see that he has that quality".
Former Arizona GOP chairman John Hinz
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"His temper would place this country at risk...and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind that should disqualify him"
Former Senator Bob Smith, R-NM
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"I decided I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM

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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 in the upcoming YELLOW PAGES.

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

Posted by: BaahBaLoo | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain is a photo op professional." - says the Obama supporter Baabaloo.

Posted by: Mordecai | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"THE POLITICS OF METEOROLOGICAL EXPLOITATION"...

CHRIS CILLIZZA GIVES McCAIN A HEADS-UP
FOR A CATEGORY 5 POLITICAL DISASTER!


Chris:

Your excellent reporting this evening enshrines a new word in the political lexicon: GUSTAVICATION.

If McCain campaign strategists were thinking of exploiting the coming tragedy for political gain, a careful reading of your column should dissuade them.

When you say, "McCain could come out of the convention looking stronger than anyone expected," you are, of course, speaking in sardonic code, a la Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Well played!

Because, if McCain does try to exploit the hurricane's aftermath with political stuntwork, he will look so crass, so craven, so opportunistic, so bereft of principle, that the Dems will eat him for lunch and the press will feast on the carcass.

Now, there are those who have read your post and believe that you are naive and truly see a benefit to be gained if McCain uses the hurricane as a convenient environmental backdrop for political opportunism.

I choose to believe that my favorite political blogger knows full well the likely outcome, and figures, what the hell? If the old man can't figure this one out, let him suffer the consquences!

There is, however, a huge benefit for McCain if he just lays back and turns the twin cities' partying into one big charity event for Gustav relief.

The delay buys McCain some time to deal with the realization that his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate already is backfiring. Even conservative commentators are questioning the judgment of a would-be president who names a totally inexperienced short-term state politician as the potential successor to a 72-year-old cancer survivor.

The hurricane also thwarts, at least for a few days, a possible GOP convention campaign to torpedo the Palin pick by outraged anti-McCainiacs -- some of whom probably would like to take aim at the top of the ticket as well.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

p.s. -- If anyone reading this works at "JudicialWatch.com" or knows somebody who does: I tried to post the above links in a "comments" section on their web site, but it was rejected as "spam" because someone or some entity "spoofed" my IP address and thus falsely associated the post with a past spamming of that site. (I know this because I got a denial message listing an IP address that is not mine.)

Please help me confound the paid disinformation trolls by forwarding the above paragraphs and links to the Judicial Watch blog, under the item "ABC Reporter Arrested at DNC in Denver." Consider it a contribution to protecting the First Amendment. Thanks.

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

Don Fowler is the poster child for all democrats, along with Michael Moore.
Hypocrisy personified.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Don Fowler former DNC Chair: "The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. [Chuckle] The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] … Everything’s cool."

Posted by: Obama's Kewl/Disasters Are a Plus | August 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Great post!
I can tell you that it makes no difference what happens with Gustav. All savvy political projections point to a McCain landslide independant of a convention bounce.
He's close to 3 points ahead now, and historical political math mandates a 15 point lead at this juncture for B.O. to win.
McCain has already taken the helm on this postential disaster and shown that he puts people before politics. God HAS intervened, and allowed McCain a chance to prove his mettle 60 days out from E-day.
The reason emocrats are so upset with the author of this articls is not because Gustav scares them; the GOP win does, and the realization that it's indeed pending is causing them to screech like barn owls.
It's pretty funny!

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

THE Admiral SON.

In Oct. 26, 1967, the admiral's son while flying his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, once again fell from the sky, this time landing in the hands of a brutal enemy. He was beaten and bayoneted. His shoulder was smashed and his right calf was nearly perpendicular to his knee.
The severely wounded McCain was finally thrown on the back of a truck and hauled to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp. Immediately, his captors began to interrogate him using sadistic methods they had perfected on hundreds of captured U.S. servicemen before him.

His interrogators demanded military information. When he refused, his guards kicked and pounded him mercilessly.
McCain admits that three to four days after he was captured, he promised the Vietnamese, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
McCain also admits that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given "special medical treatment" because of his promise.
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince"and treated him as a "special prisoner."

Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi's press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
There is also evidence that McCain received "special" medical treatment from a Soviet physician.

After he was out of the hospital, McCain continued cooperating with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. He made radio broadcasts for the communists and met with foreign delegations, including the Cubans. He was interviewed by at least two North Vietnamese generals one of whom was Vietnam's national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined "PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral," reported one of McCain's radio broadcasts: "Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
McCain says he violated the Code of Conduct only when the North Vietnamese brutally tortured him. He further claims that he was so distraught afterwards that he tried to commit suicide. He has never explained why his "aid to the enemy" continued for more than three years.

Even though there are no reports in the public record from other POWs who witnessed McCain's claims of torture and heroics or his attempted suicide, the American media has accepted his version of events word for word, no questions asked.

Yet, the same press that transformed the admiral's son into an "incredible war hero--an inspiration to all Americans," vilified the two grunts.
Comparing the incidents surrounding the fates of three POWs,' who collaborated with the enemy, makes one question why two faced possible execution for treason, while the third won acclaim as a hero fit to be President of the United States.
Once more, Lady Luck had smiled on John McCain . . . or was it the admiral?


Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:57 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 in the upcoming YELLOW PAGES.

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

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

Cindy McCain on ABC Today: Palin Has National Security Experience Because Alaska Is Close To Russia

When a Fox News morning host, Steve Doocy, testified to Sarah Palin's national security experience on Friday by saying that her state, Alaska, was so close to Russia, it drew hoots across the media and blogosphere (and even, no doubt, from a few Fox viewers).

This morning, on ABC in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Cindy McCain endorsed this very view.

Asked about Palin's national security experience, Cindy McCain could not come up with anything beyond the fact that, after all, her state is right next to Russia. "You know, the experience that she comes from is, what she has done in government -- and remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia."

She added that Palin has "way more experience than...." but Stephanopoulos cut her off before she could say, for example, "Barack Obama" or maybe "others give her credit for."

Earlier, she said that Palin was "heavily experienced" in general, citing her going from the PTA to mayor to governor -- and having a son headed for Iraq. She actually said that she started her political career at the PTA "like everybody else."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain takes charge.

Obama waffles.

Who's a leader and who's not?

After 36 years as registered democrat, I'm now independent and will vote for McCain/Palin because they walk the walk.

After the DNC treatment of Senator Clinton, I will never vote for a democratic candidate that gets any kind of support from the DNC which means that I will never vote democratic again!

Posted by: Dave of seattle | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The Fix is too kind to the old gentlemen of the GOP that it anonymously quotes.

They are delusional.

>Takes away the President Bush "does-he-hurt-or-does-he-not" question.
Yes, but for the convention, not for everything else. This situation presents a bigger question -- Will Bush's RESPONSE TO GUSTAV hurt or help? McCain should be very, very wary.

>Gives Palin "time to get his feet under her."
No. This situation TAKES AWAY Palin's best chance to introduce herself to the voters on her term. If her speech doesn't happen or is minimized, she'll have missed her first, best and last opportunity to craft her own image. From here on out, the news media and Obama-Biden will influence her public image as much as she does.
>Gustav presents an opportunity for McCain to "act presidential -- ie. nonpartisan."
A delusional perspective. John Sidney McCain is a candidate for president of the United States, and the voters know it. Everything he does and says will be processed through the understanding that he is seeking votes. Unless he expresses a true willingness to sacrifice his own candidacy to save the people of the disaster area, he will lack basic credibility (as Obama would) if he seeks to present himself as anything but a guy running for president. Campaigns and conventions are exercises in partisanship. To think that those things can be recast somehow into charitable efforts without RAISING cynicism is illogical and sad.

>Gustav presents the GOP with opportunities.
The most valuable observation in the above article is that 20 million people watched the Monday of the Democratic National Convention. No matter what, the GOP was going to lose that audience -- Gustav will dominate coverage whatever the GOP does. What is happening is that the GOP convention is slipping away. McCain will not be able to attract the attention of the media and the nation to any degree approaching Obama's reach last week. A major hurricane is striking the United States. There are the ghosts of Katrina. McCain, no matter what he does, he will be in the background, secondary, or less, to the main stories of the day.

The GOP convention is being muted. And this is a political year, and this is a media environment where you only get one chance to dominate the national discussion. Gustav has taken that away, and the GOP is never going to get it back.

The voters can't listen to a message you don't send (convention cancellation) or gets muted (split-screen coverage).
McCain has a big, big problem, and the only options he have involve moving around the deck chairs on his sinking convention.

It's not his fault, but there it is.

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

What are you talking about an unwillingness to let it happen again. The levies have not been fully rebuilt yet and the ones that are complete are no stronger then before Katrina. If there is flooding it will be Bush's fault.


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I hope the death toll from this storm is zero. Government on all levels failed during Katrina's aftermath (so stop pointing fingers); maybe the only bright side to that debacle is an unwillingness to let it happen again.

That being said, the last thing the GOP needs is to juxtapose McSame with one of the lowlights of the current administration. Even without a hurricane bearing down on NO, the convention should be canceled, because the Republicans were never going to put on as good as a show as the Dems just did.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 31, 2008 9:09 PM

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

andrea d

The reason you're so mad is that you are starting to accept the fact of a GOP win in November.
I understand.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain 'cares' why did he continuously vote against bills that would have helped the victims of Katrina?

http://bobgeiger.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccain-to-katrina-victims-in-2005-youre.html

It's too bad we don't have a real press corp. A real journalist would have brought this up the minute the GOP started talking about this. But nope, have to make McCain look like a 'maverick.

Posted by: Cush | August 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

A quote in Chris' post from a GOP operative:
"...with the exception of speeches by Palin and McCain "everything else is just an opportunity to make a mistake or distract from the historic nature of the ticket."

Nice way to look at your convention. Whew, curtailing the convention will limit the country's exposure to us.

Dude, if you're scared about a 4 day convention, maybe the rest of us should be scared about 4 years under a McCain Administration

Posted by: voter in MD | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign should simply point out that McCain is taking over for his boss GWB during this national crisis, and that it's another sign that he will be the third term of this disastrous administration.

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

How disgusting is this! First he's pretending to be the president again (like the Georgia crisis) and the media doesn't call him presumptuous.

Now he's going to use a disaster as a political prop! And the republicans actually say that Gustav could be good for the GOP!

Is that like a terrorist attack would be good for the GOP.

Bad for the country but good for the GOP.

Posted by: Sandy | August 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

CHRIS-
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS LAUGHING AT THIS OLD FART, OR THEY'RE HORRIFIED! THIS IS A 72 YR OLD MELANOMA SURVIVOR FOR CRIMANY SAKES.
HE PICKS MS BIMBO OF WASILLA, AK FOR HIS STAND IN, ARE YOU FRICKING JOKING!!!
I AM FURIOUS. THIS IS A JOKE, BUT IT IS ALSO MY LIFE AND MY FAMILIES LIVES.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT'S EVERY AMERICANS DUTY TO BE PISSED RIGHT NOW.
WHO DOES THIS OLD MAN THINK HE IS PLAYING WITH OUR LIVES THIS WAY!
HE SAID, COUNTRY FIRST, CLEARLY ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS TRYING TO WIN, HE SURE AS HELL DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ME! I AM MAD

Posted by: Andrea D | August 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

This has to be a new low in columns for you, Chris!

Posted by: Doug in Nashville | August 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What good is McCain doing for the people in the Gulf coast by going down there and staging photo ops? He and his entourage are just in the way, and using up resources that ordinary people are going to need. How is this anything more than political exploitation of the most disgraceful sort?

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

I think it may do well for local politicians at the city and state level who are in the media and clearly in command and seeming to be on top of their game.

Nationally, I don't know. There is the possibility that the GOP gets no convention "bounce." because of having to compete with Gustav for public attention.

A lot of it depends on an unknown quantity, the storm. If the storm does not cause a catastrophy anything near the scale of Katrina, then it will disappear quick from the news cycle and the news media will get back to the crazy season between now and the November election, now just over 60 days off.

For now, I pray for the safety of everyone. Sometimes, it's not important to be a Democrat or Republican.

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

I hope the death toll from this storm is zero. Government on all levels failed during Katrina's aftermath (so stop pointing fingers); maybe the only bright side to that debacle is an unwillingness to let it happen again.

That being said, the last thing the GOP needs is to juxtapose McSame with one of the lowlights of the current administration. Even without a hurricane bearing down on NO, the convention should be canceled, because the Republicans were never going to put on as good as a show as the Dems just did.

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

Give me a break~!

The Republicans taking care of "those" people during "their" time of need. What a McCain line, and a window into his 'soul.'

Meanwhile, I hope the band plays on at the RNC convention. I'm looking forward to seeing a split screen - partying amidst panic - courtesy of the Republicans who have no idea of how to take care of people.

This is not about politics, but the Repos have the notes playing so that even the Fix is towing the line.

What a sorry excuse for a column.

Posted by: Captain John | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

"As long as we properly handle the Gustavication of the convention, it may be a positive," said one GOP operative. He added that with the exception of speeches by Palin and McCain "everything else is just an opportunity to make a mistake or distract from the historic nature of the ticket."

Pure Republicanism. Not, "as long as we show that we can properly respond to this next disaster..." but "As long as we properly handle the Gustavication of the convention..."

The Republicans don't actually have to do anything, just survive their own convention.

By the way, what is historic obout this ticket? Granted this is the first pairing of a borderline senescent DOM and a female BTAH, but some combination or the other of senile OF's leading the ticket and/or mentally deficient/morally deficient youngsters added to the ticket for sex appeal have been just about traditional for the Truth Optional Party since Lincoln was assassinated. By the way, Lincoln was always more the Abolitionists man than the True Blue (later Stalwart) Republican's man.

The real Republicans wanted Seward, or Cameron, or Stanton. Crooks and radicals all.

Nothing has changed in all these years.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me how the Republican Party has managed to find a way to exploit a hurricane for its own political gain before the thing has even made landfall.

Posted by: Justin | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

God is warning all would be Evangelical McCain supporters to vote for Obama, or he will wash away our entire country with hurricane upon hurricane...not man made of course, because the Climate Crisis is obviously a myth...lol. I still can't get over how all of these bible thumpers were praying to God Almighty to drown out the DNC, and here's what happens... serves you right, you right wing nutjobbers.

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

As Obama said - Its time for the GOP to own its failures.

No-one is going to forget Katrina, 2005, the thousand people who died and that Bush couldn't be reached at the ranch.

Posted by: Republicans OWN it | August 31, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I am in agreement with most of the posters, Cilliza - for once, stop treating every damn crisis as a "how would Maverick McCain handle it"? Do you pundits have any shame?

Posted by: McCain - step off and let the professionals handle it!! | August 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of political adroitness, must see Youtube:

Palin's national security credentials explained by the Doocy Doctrine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwWGS73v4_k

The Doocy-McCain Doctrine explains a lot of things:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VhpA8f8r10

Posted by: piktor | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't that idiot stay out of the way of people trying to work and stop pretending that rolling up his sleeves and "entouraging" his old a$$ through Gustav?

Posted by: 2008 | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Only McCain or Bush would take advantage of a natural disaster for political gain; McCain is so old he couldn't look Presidential even with the help of the best make-up artists in Hollywood! It's time he investigated some long term care insurance and made appearances in retirement villages instead of getting in the way of professionals actually trying to help fellow Americans. Stay Home John

Posted by: Infoferret | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

This is beyond the pale - I know you're a dispassionate political junkie, but everyone should remind themselves that peoples' lives in peril. This is really distasteful and cynical, your parenthetical CYA (of-course-we're-all-concerned-about-new orleans...on to the Fix!) Disgraceful. Give it a rest for one day PLEASE.


Posted by: Jack Knife 1968 | August 31, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how the GOP tries to use a disaster as a way to make political points. Anyone remember how w used 9/11, and is still using it as a way to keep everyone afraid to even think about questioning what his administration is doing?

Also amazing is how they use this as an opportunity to keep w and Cheney away from the convention.

And, what the heck is a Palin? Why did they just not choose one of w's daughters?

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

Why did he go? He doesn't serve any valid purpose in preparing them for the hurricane and is simply in the way taking a tour. Right now the resources should be prepared on preparing for the storm, not on providing an opportunity for McCain to look presidential. I can assure you that IF Obama had gone down, the GOP would be charging just this. Now they are going to claim Obama's unfeeling because he did the right thing... staying out of the way and letting the professionals doing their job.

Posted by: McCain to Mississippi? | August 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse


"It was Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco back in 2005 that refused to send in the National Guard (or allow the Red Cross) in for a couple of days after Hurricane Katrina resulting in massive loss of life.
The people of Louisiana had the good sense to elect Republican Governor Bobby Jindal who has already sent thousands of National Guard troops into New Orleans for rescue and as a deterrent to looting and help with the evacuation before the storm hits.
Posted by: alance"

Syanding squarely in the way of the Governors doing those things were two insurmountable problems. The Luisianna National Guard was in the process of redeploying from Iraq, sans equipment, which George had commandeered for use by the Federal Troops replacing them, and so had neither the men nor the material to use her State National Guard, and she ran into FEMA when she tried to let Red Cross, Salvation Army, various Amateur Radio units, Florida air boats, Coast Guard helicopters etc etc etc get into the area and rescue people.

George had but to say the word, which his position as Commander in Chief gave him the authority and responsibility to do, and the first jeeps in the lead convoys would have immediately left their armories in Wisconsin and New Mexico, arriving in time to help prepare for the storm, and recover from it. Somehow, nobody told him that he ought to do that. Took him a full week to get around to it.

Has he learned anything? Apparently not. He hasn't called up any NG units to help out this time, either. Of course, Fort Hood is preparing to evacuate Crawford, Texas should it be necessary. First things first, obviously.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

So the "up" side of the story is that the GOP will be spared
the embarrassment of having to host the sitting President and VP?
What a testament to the party's great loyalty and insight as
well as their track record for the past eight years.

We live in a country far different from the America
I was raised in and taught to believe in.
When the GOP celebrates the arrival of a hurricane
to distract the electorate from the dismal and
arguably criminal deeds of the sitting administration,
it is surely time for something different.

Posted by: euclid | August 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical republicican McCain camp sentiment: that some calamity befall the US so that McCain can "appear strong".

Posted by: GaryB | August 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Elytis: Since you enjoy writing fiction, have you thought of a book deal? Then get Fox News, the religious right and the Conservative base to buy it in bulk. That way, you'll have a best seller.

And by the way, this is not your private space. The rest of us would like to say something rational.

Posted by: Fay M | August 31, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama stood before congress an asked a cogent question to those testifying but who refused to answer . When fraud was found among no-bid contractors to rebuild New Orleans ,were their contracts revoked.No answer to his question.Bushes corporate friends took federal money to the tune of 150 million dollars and had their contracts renewed just like Haliburton and Blackwater did in Iraq.We are in Iraq because of financial kickbacks.Semper Fi.

Posted by: joseph marcucilli | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"Where was he went Katrina hit????" Abbey:

Partying with George in Crawford texas, haven't you been reading the papers?

George has already missed a number of timelines for preposition actions he should be taking as President. So far all he is doing is attending Photo Ops, and scheduling Photo Op time after the storm.

I hope he has one scheduled, with the Nominee, in Jackson Square, next Friday or Saturday. With the Cathedral of St Luis in the background I want to see them together, and I want to hear each of them tell New Orleans that, "Whatever it takes, we will rebuild New Orleans."

That priceless moment will be forever enshrined in the infamous record of the death of the Republican party.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

There is one serious error in their thinking- Obama will have the chance to look just as Presidential.

McCain would have had the stage all to himself, now he's going to have to potentially share it as the two of them out-sympathy each other.

The net result can not possibly be better than if he'd had a good convention appearance.

So any attempts to consider this a potential positive is simply wishful thinking.

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

Gee, opportunistic close-ups, exploiting a catastrophe for political gain. Who'd thunk it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqUZM0g5sy0

Posted by: piktor | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Don Fowler, DNC, doesn't just pray to God, he quotes him: YouTube it if you don't believe.

Don Fowler former DNC Chair: "The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. [Chuckle] The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] … Everything’s cool."

Posted by: HaHa Hurricane Hip Hip Hooray | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the Dems spew hate, while hoping for a disaster for their loyal underclass. Some change. Not really. It's what the brighter folks have come to expect.

Gustav is gusto for the party of murdering the unborn.

Posted by: Chocolate City | August 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I object to the characterization of John McCain (or any president or potential president) as "commander-in-chief." The constitution says the president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, he is not the commander-in-chief of the United States. We don't yet have a dictator, and the constant ignorant references to the president as commander-in-chiel without noting what he is commander-in-chief of promotes the idea of the Imperial Presidency. Stop it.

Posted by: larry | August 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain can go to that overpass that overlooked the flooded Superdome and give his acceptance speech to a ghost town. Pledge to personally help bail water, fill sand bags, rescue pets. Just as soon as everyone comes back to town.

He could fly fighter cover for the police looking for looters. Even get a John Deere tractor and start towing empty trailers to New Orleans.

You can't plan a convention this good no matter how much money you received from lobby groups for such an event.

Now that would look presidential!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

No one was going to watch the Republican convention anyway, so Gustav saves them the humiliation.

Posted by: crickets chirping.... | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how right-wing GOP-affiliated religious nutjob James Dobson asked people to pray to God that He'll allow rain on the DNC and particularly Obama's speech.

The Republicans deserve Dobson and the world deserves to be reminded of a great American tragedy again happened while Republicans sat on their hands (The first, of course, was AIDs).

So there ya go ...

Posted by: Gene, Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, here's what I think. McCain has been riding on the Maverick, foreign policy expert story line established for him by the press eight years ago. Where as the more people see and hear Obama the more they are impressed. The more they see and hear McCain the more it becomes difficult to reconcile what they are seeing and hearing with his legion. A very abbreviated convention will allow McCain and now Palin can make safe sound bites and the press can maintain the foreign policy expert, Maverick, story line in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

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

Who is "The Real Sarah Palin." Watch the new video to find out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtNoGJz0L_I

Posted by: J Michael | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

the dems and progressives will expose McCain if he tries to take advantage of the inevitable Gustav catastrophe.

Posted by: Paul | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

View Traffic Cam Ghost town New Orleans http://www.trafficland.com/city/MSY/index.html and also listen to scanner http://la.scanamerica.us/index.php?county=Orleans

Posted by: Johnny | August 31, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse


If you really want an answer to that question here is where Mvvain and Bush were during Katrina

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/24/flashback-as-katrina-raged-mccain-celebrated-69th-birthday-with-bush/

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In one of the most cynical and disrespectful ploys for votes yet, Senator McCain has announced that he plans to make his nomination acceptance speech from 'where the most affected hurricane damage area is.' Where was he
last week when the storm wrecked Naples, Florida, Cape Canaveral, the Florida Panhandle? Where was he when Katrina wrecked Florida in 2005,
then went on to wreck New Orleans? The White House response to those catastrophes is well-documented: Heckof a job, Brownie.
And if Brownie did nothing,where on earth was Senator McCain who now wants photo-ops as a would-be saviour of whatever part of the country can present itself as a catastrophe in need of his experience and wise opinions.

I have no doubt Senator McCain will do no more damage to the Gulf Coast in his speechifying than the President did in his fly-by over New Orleans. I also have no doubt he will do no more good than the President did -- it's not in Senator McCain's power to step into the seat of FEMA and suddenly direct traffic, order food and shelter, relocate the homeless, fly in medical and water, or doing anything else, except say that when he's president, by golly, he'll make it all go away. It will be another of his keep-less promises, to end the war on terror in four years,end poverty in four years, end dependence on foreign oil in four years, balance the budget in four years, erase the deficit in four years, and provide universal health care through private insurance companies and by effecting tax cuts for the 'upper middle class' in four years.

In short, his photo-op style of seeking the office is a copy of the man he hopes to succeed, the original 'bring it on' and 'Mission Accomplished'
aircraft carrier President. It should be no surprise, however, since Maverick McCain voted 91% of the time with President Bush in the last seven years. He's not a maverick, he's a sidekick.

So, if you're having trouble finding the Republican Convention due to Hurricane Gustav, don't fret. Just play re-runs of the news of the last seven years.


Posted by: JackL | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can get Mccain a megaphone and he can stand on the beach and shout.

"BRING IT ON GUSTAV".

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

In one of the most cynical and disrespectful ploys for votes yet, Senator McCain has announced that he plans to make his nomination acceptance speech from 'where the most affected hurricane damage area is.' Where was he
last week when the storm wrecked Naples, Florida, Cape Canaveral, the Florida Panhandle? Where was he when Katrina wrecked Florida in 2005,
then went on to wreck New Orleans? The White House response to those catastrophes is well-documented: Heckof a job, Brownie.
And if Brownie did nothing,where on earth was Senator McCain who now wants photo-ops as a would-be saviour of whatever part of the country can present itself as a catastrophe in need of his experience and wise opinions.

I have no doubt Senator McCain will do no more damage to the Gulf Coast in his speechifying than the President did in his fly-by over New Orleans. I also have no doubt he will do no more good than the President did -- it's not in Senator McCain's power to step into the seat of FEMA and suddenly direct traffic, order food and shelter, relocate the homeless, fly in medical and water, or doing anything else, except say that when he's president, by golly, he'll make it all go away. It will be another of his keep-less promises, to end the war on terror in four years,end poverty in four years, end dependence on foreign oil in four years, balance the budget in four years, erase the deficit in four years, and provide universal health care through private insurance companies and by effecting tax cuts for the 'upper middle class' in four years.

In short, his photo-op style of seeking the office is a copy of the man he hopes to succeed, the original 'bring it on' and 'Mission Accomplished'
aircraft carrier President. It should be no surprise, however, since Maverick McCain voted 91% of the time with President Bush in the last seven years. He's not a maverick, he's a sidekick.

So, if you're having trouble finding the Republican Convention due to Hurricane Gustav, don't fret. Just play re-runs of the news of the last seven years.


Posted by: JackL | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure another terrorist attack --- if we look at the world through these McCain advisors eyes --- would cement McCain's leadership, then?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

how in heaven's name do we ever feel that anything in politics is real when "concern" is already in the planning stages and designed by political operatives?

Posted by: me | August 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

In other words, the only time these guys "look strong and presidential" is when they stand next to America's devastation?, whether man-made or natural catastrophe?, which come about due to their incompetency at the helm?

LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Mother nature is sparing McCain an embarassing convention and she paring the voters four days of headaches and heart pain.

Posted by: Allen FROM NY | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I refuse to be used as a prop for the Republican party.

Name me one meaningful post-Katrina legislation they have been on the right side of.

Posted by: lb0313 | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what happens with the convention, the Republicans could end up with plenty of problems based on what happens to New Orleans. The news since Katrina has been filled with stories of how efforts to shore up flood control measures since Katrina have been poorly done or not done at all.

When the levees break and New Orleans floods again, people are going to want to know why a Republic President has not fixed the problems that were so glaring with Katrina. It's one thing to be completely incompetent the first time around, but to follow that with negligence is a lot of egg on the face.

Posted by: Tim Brando | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

chris Cilliza,

McCain will politicize the hurricane on his own. Pls, don't give him any ideas. And if i recall the late PM BENZAR BUTTO's death was supposed give McCain some points and well, that failed. No ONE SHOULD CAPITALIZE from hardship.

Politics in this country is too cynical.

Posted by: Ed | August 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Gustav is God's way of telling Republicans that He does not approve of their handling of the country, by canceling their convention.

Posted by: NwProphet | August 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: James Moylan | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is politicizing a catastrophe to win an election? Are they hoping for a catastrophe or preparing for one? What kind of backdrop will McCain choose? How much devastation is required to optimize the effectiveness of his - SPEECH? How sick and unfit for the Presidency can you be? Bad form and poor judgment once again from McCain everybody. Please give him a round of applause. Idiots!!!!!

Posted by: Sick Individuals | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yours sincerely,

COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team"

I looked at every thing you mentioned above and decided that Obama Biden Campaign lacks many of those"qualities"you mentioned.I am sure that their middle names also excites many people but I am not one of them.Sorry.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain is politicizing a catastrophe to win an election? Are they hoping for a catastrophe or preparing for one? What kind of backdrop will McCain choose? Does more devastation help McCain or hurt him? How sick and unfit for the Presidency can you be? Bad form and poor judgment once again from McCain everybody. Please give him a round of applause. Idiots!!!!!

Posted by: Politicking McCain | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It was Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco back in 2005 that refused to send in the National Guard (or allow the Red Cross) in for a couple of days after Hurricane Katrina resulting in massive loss of life.

The people of Louisiana had the good sense to elect Republican Governor Bobby Jindal who has already sent thousands of National Guard troops into New Orleans for rescue and as a deterrent to looting and help with the evacuation before the storm hits.

Posted by: alance | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

i hate all political media coverage as of now.

Everything is pretty much how idiots are going to react to speech/weather/stock market...

is that all the news media is good for? Predicting how idiots can be manipulated and spun?

What's the point of the intelligent, smart voter anyway? Let's just all get into the game of convincing, persuading, and spinning news stories to get the idiots on our side.

Note - the term idiot is usually substituted with "average voter", "average American", "middle America", "working class", and all sorts of other nice ways of calling people retarded.

Posted by: blue state | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

LET`S HAVE A LOOK AT OBAMA`S WORK EXPERIENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE:

- In the US Senate, Barack Obama has served on the FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOUR & PENSION COMMITTEE.
- Before getting to the US Senate Obama served 11 years in the Illinois State Senate.
- Barack Obama is a graduate TOP of his class at Harvard Law School. Barack Obama also has a degree in Political science specializing in International Relations.
- Barack Obama worked in Chicago, Illinois as a community organizer, Obama, as the director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants' rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.
- Barack Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for a community organizing institute.
- Barack Obama worked as a Civil Rights lawyer for 9 years.
- Barack Obama was also a University of Chicago Constutitional Law Professor for 12 years.
- In the U.S Senate Obama has served on the FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOUR & PENSION COMMITTEE.
-- In the US Senate Obama has written 890 pieces of legislation, and co-sponsored 1096 pieces of legislation.

Posted by: No Contest! | August 31, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Really Chris? This will probably be a win for McCain? Come on. I recognize that if he handles this with class it could help. I recognize that not having Bush/Cheney speak is a huge positive, and generally toning down the party and rhetoric from an unpopular party is a good thing, but....

This just continues in the tradition of the mainstream media playing down the impact of Katrina and its significance. Not once did you discuss what Katrina actually meant vis-a-vis FEMA, and the incompetence displayed by Republican cronies. But many people learned government can and should help people, and it did not three years ago, and part of that equation was a Republican belief that government is evil in all ways and they set out to create a government ruled on that principle, and it was part of the equation that was Katrina along with many other things.

So, Republican/ conservative philosophy/negligence was one of the factors that led to catastrophe, and this is a positive for McCain and the Republicans? Sometimes, I wonder if the mainstream media would ask how it is a positive for Republicans if there were pictures of them whipping innocent babies. All in a quest to appear fair and balanced because propaganda wings of the Republican Party (Rush, Fox News, etc.) flogged them for so long about bias. Maybe they were biased, but balance means telling the truth, not making both sides seem equal if one is more right than the other.

Katrina was a disaster for conservatives and conservative philosophy. It was one of the first dominoes that got Bush's numbers rolling downhill after the 2004 election. That is not a net positive for conservatives. In addition, Palin needed practice in the limelight and attention on her speech to assure voters that she could lead the free world just two years removed from being the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. But as always this has to be good for Republicans, because the mainstream press with be accused of bias by truthful arbitors like Rush if they do not constantly say something like that.

Posted by: bhirsh26 | August 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his cheerleader are Unfit for Command. He passed over several qualified women for Palin? Puhlease! She's nothing but a slicked up Katherine Harris. McCain has lost his marbles.

Posted by: Unfit | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sarah Palin firmly put her foot in her mouth during her debut speech. She violated the first premise of operational security for military families. She announced to a world-wide audience her son’s specific unit, his MOS (military occupational specialty) and the specific dates of the unit’s deployment. This just is not done, ever. If I were the commander of that unit I would be screaming to the Pentagon to change the deployment and I would transfer that boy as far away from my unit as I could.

BTW, I am a military father and I did command an Air Force squadron during the Vietnam War.

Sarah Palin does not understand national security and she does not understand the needs of our great military. Sarah Palin is dangerously naive.

Posted by: Loose Lips Sink Ships | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Good Analysis. McCain has everything to gain here and will make it seem like he handled the response this time.
Assuming that is that Bush and co don't screw it up again.

The key points about avoiding comparison with Obama, and avoiding bush are very true.

Posted by: jack | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Google "Don Fowler" and find his YouTube commentary on Gustav. He's a Democrat, who shows us the truth.

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

The American people are sometimes not the smartest. They bought platform shoes, they buy pen*s enlargement pills off late night TV. Buy real estate with no money down books. But "NOT" even "THOSE" people will buy this BS show Mccain wants to put on. Mccain is not a president, he just plays one on TV. I may just do a write in for Morgan Freeman, he saved the world from an asteroid. That is more believable then John Mccain.

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

Chris, lay off of the reefer. Your false impartiality is not needed.

Posted by: Justin | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I want it noted that the Fundamentalists twits were praying for a storm that would wreck the Democratic Convention and, here liberal Evangelicals were praying that the Bush-McCain love fest would suffer instead. Well.... provably, God is on our side. Now, we want Him showing some divine disgust with the main show in MN. Maybe the earth can open up and swallow the entire nest of vermin all at once.

Posted by: PrayerWorks!!! | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Why would McCain want to do his acceptance speech from an area "blasted" from the storm?
To garner votes....
How crass....
Where was he went Katrina hit????

Posted by: abby0802 | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Opportunistic ambulance chaser. Repulsive to pre-schedule your acceptance speech from a disaster-struck area. Maybe he could wait around some dark alley in NY for a mugger to strike some elderly woman... then he could leap out in front of the news cameras to pontificate on the need for beefed up security in this nation. Just a thought.

Posted by: DogBitez | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

EXT DAY - DEVASTATED LANDSCAPE CAUSED BY GUSTAV


JOHN MCCAIN

My friends! I accept your nomination as the

Republican Party candidate for president of the

United States of America. Behind me lies our great nation. Isn't it wonderful?


More of the same indeed!

Posted by: el_barto | August 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"Gustavication"? You've got to be kidding me. There is no justification for politicizing a hurricane. The preparation and response, yes, open to discussion and critique but keep those politico's out of the area or make them fill sandbags. The convention would have been a funeral compared to last week as it is, so suggest that the corporate bozos donate all their champagne money to the Gustavication of NOLA. jeez, what an idiotic discussion.

Posted by: PreAmeriKKKan | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Day late and a dollar short.

Bobby Jindal is "SHINNING" this has real qualities and is going to be one of the heros of this week. Mccain screwed up.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

First McCain choses a female governor with no experience as VP, then he plans on holding a photo-op after a hurricane - has he no shame? Is he interested in good governance or simply good politics like Bush? I think if he broadcasts from the storm area, many Americans will start to wonder what the heck he is doing and seriously question his judgment.

Posted by: freeDom | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The response so far has been pitch perfect? Chris, put down the Koolaid and think. McCain is already in the devastation zone doing photo ops. Not only does it smack of politicization but his over-hyping of Gustav will be easily compared to his let-them-eat-cake moment with Katrina. Re-jiggering the convention to be all Gustav, all the time, looks suspiciously like an excuse for cancelling a convention that was going to be a disaster anyway. After all, if the party was so wildly enthusiastic about McCain-Palin, they wouldn't have been so quick to Gustavify the convention, they would have Palinized it! Mind you, he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. But pitch perfect? Not on your life.

Posted by: Mary | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It's positive for not having Bush or Cheney present. It's positive for not making McCain speak, because he'll look like a doddering old fool compared to Obama. It's positive in a human sense in that the attention of the country should be focused on the Gulf Coast.

It's negative for not having Sarah Palin speak. She needs to convince people that she is not an imbecile and that she is, indeed, qualified to be president. She needs every opportunity to do that between now and the election, and these little stump speeches will not afford the ticket sufficient air time to do so. If the sum total of her national public experience will be a debate with Joe Biden, she will lose.

Lastly, for those who want to compare Palin's experience with Obama's (Lindsey Graham was particularly idiotic this morning, Cindy McCain only slightly less so), remember that Obama had 20 months to introduce himself to voters while facing off against the most formidable political dynasty in the Democratic Party in the most closely watched primary in history.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain have sex with the lobbyist in his second wife's Arlington condo? Ask the workers there.

Posted by: McSleaze | August 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"As long as we properly handle the Gustavication of the convention, it may be a positive," said one GOP operative.For the obvious reasons - it saves them from the embarrassment of having to contrast and compare the two conventions. What would we have been looking forward to? McCains' soaring rhetoric? Palins' deep fund of wisdom? Bushs' review of his hugely successful eight years as CinC?
Lets face it - the Repubs were looing for a way out and they found it. They were already preparing a situation which would have made it impossible for Bush to attend (some national emergency like an ingrown toenail) and now they are granted their wish.
PS elytis - re your comment above full of gems such as "It was in some ways reminded you of a Lani Rosenthal’s documentary of Adolf Hitler’s rally in Munich!"
You are an intellectual embarrassment! References to the Nazi's and Stalin et al are the lowest form of political dialogue available and anyone who indulges them needs to grow uo and stop masturbating in public.

Posted by: James Moylan | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it funny how the people who write the most often have the least to say? Yeesh.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is in a lose-lose situation. They curtail the convention, they lose millions of dollars worth of free airtime. If they hold the convention, they look like jerks if things go pear-shaped in NOLA...nevermind the fact that it also means Sarah Palin will get another chance to display her vacuousness. Sorry GOP, you're not in the favor of the election gods.

Posted by: SoonerThought.blogspot.com | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Dear concerned citizens of America and mass media of the U.S.A.

As a concerned disabled American Veteran and American citizen, I consider it my duty and responsibility to address the following critical issues facing the voters of our Greatgrand nation, the United States of America [USA].

The citizens of the United States of America [USA] have the ultimate power and responsibility to elect the Right Ticket with the right joint "temperament, judgment, and statesmanship" to lead our nation as well as change our nation's present and future moral, political, economic, educational, health care, energy, military, and foundational soul.

In my firm professional, personal, and political opinion, the media should help the common voter to explore and discuss the following attributes of the present Republican and Democratic presidential slates:

1. Does the joint ticket have a calm, cool, and collected " temper and impulse" [Presidential Temperament]?
2. Does each ticket have sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber"?
3. Does each ticket have a "presidential depth and degree" in regard to their purpose, policies, and positions?
4. Does each ticket have adequate, "understanding and knowledge" of workings around Washington"?
5. Does each ticket have enough "vigor, wisdom and Vision" for the future of our beloved Great-grand Nation?
6. Does each ticket possess enough joint foreign policy experience and ex-poser based on "American Values, Virtues, Vastness, and strong soul"?
7. Are their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsivity?

If your answer to a majority of the above questions is yes, I suggest you vote for that ticket. As a Independent registered voter I have decided to vote for Obama-Biden ticket. I am sure they will protect our national security, Strong's, stamina and strong soul. Rebuild our nation from bottom up in all areas of need, OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will once again restore and rebuild our global standing with the use of maximum international humane diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated.

Yours sincerely,

COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team.

PS: It tragic that Gustov or Katrina are suject of political disscussion. It underlines the need to rebuild and reconfigure of our infra structure for the 21ist century.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

First of all, why would mccain go into an emergency area, other than for a photo op? Sen. Obama has it right: he's not going to the Gulf area where he would have secret service along, let alone tying up the local police and emergency services with media in tow. That is certainly not needed in a disaster situation and I am sure the repubs would slam him for it. Also, as a candidate and not an official in the Gulf area, there is no reason for mccain to go other than political. Obama is mobilizing his contributor base for donations and hands-on help should the Gulf area need it. Of the two candidates, which one is looking to do the right thing? Not sidney mccain.

Posted by: mike l | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

For an anti-war candidate, Obama chose an imperial setting; he strode through the great Doric Columns, like a Black American Caesar with all the projections of America’s imperial power dancing in his head. His message of supposedly of peace had the symbolism of America’s imperial grandeur. A man who’s candidacy began by denouncement of Iraq war, it was an ironic backdrop. He said his money came from small contributors, but the setting itself reminded you of Caesar’s Coliseum. You would have expected Obama to wear some sort of crown. It was in some ways reminded you of a Lani Rosenthal’s documentary of Adolf Hitler’s rally in Munich! It was hugely pompous and thoroughly indulgent and an imperial event for a man who said that “I feel your pain!”
To add to this absurdity of the moment Sen. Obama went on to tell the story of how he was raised by a single mother, who was abandoned by his father in his infancy. Hoe his mother had to raise him of food stamps. How his mother had to fight insurance companies, while she lay sick with cancer in bed. He insisted that he is one of us! But, setting aside the pomp and circumstance and all the imperialistic symbols and settings, Obama's acceptance speech was on the whole a disappointment; especially in spite all the hype and build-up to the event with nearly 38 million people watching on TV’s the speech did not climax, instead, I think it fizzled. And the closing came, abruptly and unexpectedly. His performance was not out of the ordinary. It was OK, or was it? Certainly not a great political speech by any measure! In that sense Obama failed to seize the historical moment. His speech did not grab me held me captive like Bill or Hillary Clinton’s speeches did. They were much more humble, and electric! Obama gave too much of details, made too many promises ─we all have heard all of it before. He huffed and puffed at John McCain. “I’ll blow your house down!” Obama threatened. He was chasing John McCain like in a Tom and Jerry cartoon. There was no poetry or passion that transformed his words into gems. Obama's speech was too long. He tried to cover too much. By doing that he sacrificed the magic of the moment. He failed to rise up to the historic moment he talked about. What was needed at the moment was political poetry. Obama failed to recognize that. So he loses the very first chance he had to hit a home run! He talks about the historical nature of the moment he faces; but he fails to live up to it. But the media is trying to tell us that he made a great speech; but he didn't. He was lost and meandering at times, repeating himself over, bogged down in details; delivery of the speech lacked sincere precision or purpose. I do not know who wrote Sen. Obama’s speech, but as a whole it was scattered and had no unity or direction, suggesting it must have been a team effort. Obama could have taken a lesson or two form Bill and Hillary Clinton about the better use of English language.
Thus the best of the convention belonged to much humbler, yet powerful prose of Sen. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton was electric! Bill Clinton delivered a master performance. The Clintons triumphed. The true triumph of the DNC convention goes to Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her grace under pressure and her tenacity in defeat. Hillary Clinton gave a brilliant speech and rose to the occasion. Now, that’s genius… In retrospect, juxtaposed against Obama’s over-blown acceptance speech, they were rousing and relevant. David Brooks of the New York Times and PBS Lehrer News Hour rated Obama speech "Underwhelming..." Obama perhaps did not fumble. Or did he? He missed a historical opportunity. He did not rise to the occasion he was presented with. So that's why on the whole, all things considered Obama speech was disappointing!
During the evening before in his speech to the Democratic convention said Bill Clinton said, “Other nations are impressed by our power of example than our example of power…” Those few words carried more power and political poetry than Obama’s entire acceptance speech…But we are told to ignore truth and substance by our media, like in the past. Therefore we are bound to face the consequences of our ignorance and neglect… In spite of all the Hollywood style, setting, glitter and imperial grandeur of the moment I found Obama speck was mostly empty, “Full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing!”

Posted by: elytis | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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