#1 If New Orleans is Untouched by Gustav, RNC Should Continue as Scheduled
09-01-2008, 08:50 AM
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If the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana have little or no damage from Gustav, and the most severe damage is limited to low-lying coastal areas and/or rural areas, then the Republican National Convention should continue on Tuesday night as scheduled. BUT the few hurricane victims that got hit really bad should NOT be forgotten. Here's how to mix the convention with the hurricane tragedy without appearing callous to the hurricane victims, and still help McCain's chances in November:
John McCain has already killed off the first night of the RNC because of Gustav. He has already displayed sensitivity to the situation, which was the right thing to do. So there's no need to cancel any more events if there's little or no damage from Gustav, as I stated above.
HOWEVER, John McCain does not have to be at the convention site until Thursday night. So, on Tuesday and Wednesday, McCain can take personal tours of the hurricane damage while the convention is proceeding as planned - with only ONE difference: Live satellite feeds can be fed into the RNC of John McCain touring the damage and visiting with hurricane victims during prime time. ALSO, McCain could offer personal financial help to a family that was victimized by Gustav to help them rebuild their damaged home during one of those live feeds. But security must be high to prevent disruptors, especially if the feed is live. If preventing disruptors becomes impossible, then these events should be taped; although live video is always preferable (just like when Obama appeared live with that midwestern family, assuming it was live and not a rehursed conversation with a tape).
This approach would enable the Republicans to still have their convention without appearing insensitive to the hurricane victims.
09-01-2008, 12:24 PM
If even 1 home is damaged, you know Obama will try to make the claim that the Republicans partied it up while people suffered.
But that said, I think you're right that we can't cancel the whole convention if the storm turns out to be weaker than expected and no large scale damage is done.The problem in the next four years will be not just that the president of the United States serially does not tell the truth. Instead, the real crisis in our brave new relativist world will be that those who demonstrate that he is untruthful will themselves be accused of lying. - Victor Davis Hanson
09-01-2008, 12:53 PM
They are increasing the activities somewhat.
Laura Bush and Cindy McCain are requesting Gustav donations tonight
Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Added to Monday RNCC Agenda
09.01.08 -- 11:13AM
By David Kurtz
In a conference call with reporters just now, RNC officials announced some additions to today's abbreviated convention schedule.
First Lady Laura Bush will introduce a video of the various Gulf Coast state governors (all Republicans, I believe) this afternoon and Cindy McCain will also address delegates, urging support for hurricane victims. Their portion of the program is expected to begin shortly before 6 ET.
"We will try not to overly politicize it," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis Davis said on the call, referring to the additions of Bush and McCain to today's agenda.
Today's events had already been largely canceled, except for necessary party business which has been condensed into a two-hour session this afternoon that was intended to be devoid of political speech-making and the other usual convention pomp and circumstance.
Late Update: On the call Davis suggested that no decision will be made on Tuesday's schedule until Tuesday morning once the impact of Gustav can begin to be assessed.
As the conference call wrapped up, Davis appeared to play down the chances of McCain making his acceptance speech from the Gulf Coast or anywhere else other than St. Paul.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
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09-01-2008, 06:44 PM
Heard from my friends who are Louisiana delegates. Laura Bush and Cindy McCain came for a special meeting.
John McCain supplied a plane for delegates to return home if necessary and get family. They adore him.
Looks like the schedule may return
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