GOP announces convention delay after Obama speech.

Via MSNBC, this story appeared on the wires last night just after the speech.  Strikethrough via me:

Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Obama Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast, and possibly New Orleans, as a full-force hurricane early next week.

The threat is serious enough that White House officials are also debating whether President Bush should cancel his scheduled convention appearance on Monday, the first day of the convention, according to administration officials and others familiar with the discussion.

Plus, you know, it isn’t anybody’s birthday.  So he won’t be busy.

Wait, there’s more.

“Senator McCain has always been sensitive to national crisis,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, noting that the senator postponed announcing his presidential candidacy in 2000 because of the war in the Balkans. “We are monitoring the situation very closely.”

Sensitivity plus:

McCain was on Face the Nation on August 28, 2005, as Katrina gathered in the Gulf Coast. He said nothing about it. One day later, when Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, McCain was on a tarmac at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, greeting President Bush with a cake in celebration of McCain’s 69th birthday. Three days later, with the levees already breached and New Orleans filling with water, McCain’s office released a three-sentence statement urging Americans to support the victims of the hurricane.

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

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

Doubtless he’s hunkered down in front of The Weather Channel right now with a snack, combing the internet for umbrellas to order in bulk and ship overnight.

This kind of post, it writes itself, doesn’t it?

We’ll return to not writing about books as regularly scheduled tomorrow.


2 Replies to “GOP announces convention delay after Obama speech.”

  1. I love ThinkProgress’ move here:

    Back in 2006, Hagee declared that “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.” Hagee said that “New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God,” because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.”

    ThinkProgress asked Rev. Hagee’s spokesperson, Kara Silverman, whether Gustav’s possible impact on the Republican National Convention might be seen as punishment against Republicans for their not having done enough to combat the “homosexual agenda,” or whether this storm could be attributed to some other target of divine wrath.

    Ms. Silverman said Hagee had “no comment.”

  2. Oh, jeez, McCain. The more I hear or read about that man, the more he puzzles me. Take his VP pick, for instance: Sarah Palin? Come on. For all his bluster about Obama’s inexperience, Palin would seem to be a poor choice. It completely undermines McCain’s attacks on Obama. I understand that the vice presidency is the most thankless job in government, but if she’s ready to be president–and with McCain, there’s a higher probability that he’d kick the bucket while in office–then so is Obama.

    However, I’m willing to bet that Palin drops out of the race. She’s under investigation for abusing her office to get her brother-in-law fired (, and faces possible impeachment. Once the dust settles, I’m sure the Democrats will use that to trash her and McCain.

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