Bush and McCain’s Greatest New Orleans Hits

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cross posted from The Dream Antilles

Hurricanes aren’t the only things that spiral out of control.  Rethuglican politics spiral too.  They go round and round and round, reprising their greatest hits, trying to revise and rewrite and edit out their greatest failures.  Trying to help you forget.

Who doesn’t remember this as Katrina was destroying New Orleans:

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They cannot have that again. Oh, no.  Not again with Gustav.  So now, in an attempt to avoid a public display and incessant repetitions of their callousness, we have the new, “compassionate conservative” approach to approaching natural disasters.  This from the New York Times:

Republicans scrambled on Sunday to change the tone of their national convention as delegates streamed into town amid scenes on TV of people fleeing Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf Coast. The White House said the monster storm would make President Bush’s opening-day attendance unlikely.

The Republicans’ nominee-in-waiting, John McCain, altered his campaign schedule to visit Jackson, Miss., with his running mate, Sarah Palin, to get briefings on the approaching storm. He was invited by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

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”I’ve been talking to all of [the Republican Governors in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida],” McCain said. He said the approaching storm had already put a cloud over the convention.

”It just wouldn’t be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster,” McCain said. Still, he said, ”I think that we are far, far better prepared than we were the last time.”

The Bush White House and Republicans in general are still shadowed by criticism of their handling of relief efforts in after Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and parts of the Mississippi Gulf Coast three years ago. Party leaders fear that televised scenes of celebrations and partying at the convention could subject them to similar criticism now.

Last time, three years ago, Katrina was a horrendous embarrassment.  Bush and McSame publicly ate cake.  People died.  The City was destroyed.  Bush didn’t arrive in the City until way too late, when people were beginning to paint x’s on houses and counting the bodies and searching the attics. So now we have a new, more sanctimonious, more compassionate approach to impending natural disaster.  The CiC stays visibly on the bridge of the ship of state, he appears to be in command, he appears to be concerned.  He wrings his hands.  And mini me McSame? He’s concerned too.  That’s why Candidate Senator McSame needs to be “briefed” in Mississippi.

But wait a minute.  Don’t the Republican governors of these states and their staffs have enough to do just getting ready for the arrival of Gustav and the huge evacuation of people and the gigantic task of overseeing relief efforts?  Why are they having ceremonial “briefings” with a guy who has absolutely nothing to do with safeguarding lives in the storm area?  Why indeed. Because it looks “presidential?”  Because it’s better politically than getting McSame the f*ck out of the way and letting the people who are responsible for relief do their jobs?  Because keeping McSame in the public eye is the most important thing?  

And to whom is it that McCain is referring when he says that “we” are better prepared than last time?  Is that a concession that he had something to do with the horror when Katrina arrived when “we” were unprepared and uncaring and eating birthday cake and oblivious? Oh no.  Not that.  When he was eating cake with Bush, it wasn’t his responsibility that a city was drowning.

Bush, or at least his handlers, may have been slightly chastened by Katrina.  Not. The Times continues:

With the storm expected to make landfall as early as Monday, it appeared unlikely that Bush would go to Minnesota, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Sunday.

She said alternate plans were being prepared. That could mean possible travel to the Gulf Coast and perhaps speaking to the convention by video.

Does that mean we’re going to be treated at the Rethuglican Convention to a new and upgraded reprise of this memorable Bush sham:

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I’m sure you remember.  After the speech the lights went out again.  And they stayed out.  So much for recovery.  So much for saving New Orleans after the Federal Flood.

I might be being unreasonable.  Fine.  So be it.  I think that Katrina should be hung around the necks of the Rethuglicans like a rotting, dead skunk.  To help them remember its smell. And I think that all of this fake, smarmy, “concern” about Gustav and how their “celebration” might appear is just plain garbage.  Imo, they should just shut the f*ck up and quietly and unceremoniously provide the federal assistance that’s going to be required.  Without self congratulation.  If they want to delay their convention for appearance sake, fine.  But it’s utterly revolting to hear them trying to get credit, get sympathy for that. “Oh, we just had to cancel our coronation party.  Holding it would be so unseemly.”  Like they really care about New Orleans or the Gulf coast.

If they cared, wouldn’t the levees be rebuilt by now?  If they cared, wouldn’t all of the people have returned?  If they cared, wouldn’t the homes be rebuilt?  If they cared, wouldn’t all of those living in FEMA trailers and housing be in different homes?  If they cared, wouldn’t the New Orleans Diaspora in Houston, and Memphis, and elsewhere be over?  Face it.  They don’t care.  Not a whit.  They just want to grandstand.

Heckuva job, McSame.  Heckuva job, Bushie.

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  1. Thanks for reading.

  2. Amen!!!!!!  I couldn’t agree more, davidseth.

    Very little, since Katrina, has been done to prepare this city for another hurricane onslaught.  The levees’ repairs have STILL not been completed and all of what you have stated remain uncommenced.  

    These sociopaths will USE ANY SITUATION for their pomp and circumstances, i.e., photo-ops and all the spin connected with it.

    I hope the American people see it all for what it is really worth — unmitigated garbage!!!!!

  3. where you can write the head of FEMA demanding that the citizens of New Orleans receive the supplies needed.

    FEMA Neglects to Supply Katrina Survivors

  4. Suspect Device, on McCain’s trip to Mississippi:

    Don’t do this. It’s not safe. All kinds of shit goes flying around and you never know what might come right at your god damned politicizing carpetbagging tragedy-exploiting head. Like, bricks, for instance.

    All they know how to do is have photo-ops.  It’s outrageous.

  5. I edited a bit to put content below the fold so it would fit on the front page. Hope you don’t mind.  

    • Edger on August 31, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    McCain orders convention changes because of storm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – John McCain ordered changes in the Republican National Convention that was to be a four-day celebration of his presidential nomination Sunday, to “redirect our efforts” to reflect the seriousness of Hurricane Gustav as it churned toward the Gulf Coast. President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent GOP governors decided to skip the gathering altogether.

    “I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary throughout our convention, we will act as Americans and not as Republicans because America needs us now,” McCain said.

    Well, John? What exactly does it mean to act as republicans, then?

    And why should any Americans want a president who will only act as an American when it’s expedient, and if necessary?

    • robodd on August 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    is how the very limited rebuilding response Bushco has given to NOLA will come into play this time. They’ve had three years to fix this problem.  Have they done it??

    • Edger on September 1, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Evangelicals asked to pray for rain at Barack Obama nomination

    Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family, one of America’s leading evangelical groups, was shown in a video filmed at Denver’s Invesco Field, where 75,000 are expected to cheer Mr Obama on Aug 28, asking Christians to pray for “torrential” rain.

    “I’m talking ‘umbrella-ain’t-going-to-help-you rain,” the former pastor and television meteorologist said.

    • Edger on September 1, 2008 at 3:25 am

    The latest update from the WDSU weather center and the National Hurricane Center… Gustav has started to move into the metro region and conditions are expected to deteriorate as we move into the overnight hours. Gustav is still packing winds of 115 mph. The latest satellite update shows Gustav might be trying to re-intensify as the central pressure continues to drop and is now down to 952 mph. We expect to winds to hold at around 115 or 120 right up until landfall with some higher gusts. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect from Cameron, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border. This includes the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in the warned area within the next 24 hours.

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