Gustav leaves tangled political landscape

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2008 - 11:07 PM

Republicans and Democrats are treading carefully and wondering when they can return to politics as usual.

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Scott82Sep. 2, 08 7:29 AM

When Gustav was building in the Gulf last Friday, John McCain was on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, & a host of other media outlets, as the person in charge of the governments response to the storm. He was on TV telling the country what to do as if he were already president. What the heck is up with that?? Did Bush suddenly step down as president and make McCain Commander-in-Chief?? How incredibly strange it was to see McCain assuming the role of the president without actually being president. Here's a suggenstion McCain: wait till the election is over before you start full-filling the duties as Commander-in-Chief.

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kathymcmSep. 2, 08 8:11 AM

The Republicans look like idiots! Cow-towing to the voters of New Orleans has cost those of us in MN paying for the party with our tax dollars. How much was spent on preparation in expectation of a full turnout. We'll end up eating the cost of all of the no shows. I agree with Scott82 -why was McCain on TV pretending to be the president? My husband and I shook our heads and found a channel with something interesting on it. By the way only ABC had it locally, the other stations probably knew it was just a dog and pony show.

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leftyredSep. 2, 08 9:13 AM

This is a good thing. True, it is obviously political pandering on the GOPs part, but a lot of good can come from this. All I hope is that the money is put to good use, as opposed to Katrina, when the tactic was to simply write a big check and throw it at the problem. Hint for Republicans trying to make the most of this disaster/opportunity... the Democrats start out by assessing what needs to be done, then write the checks to the people doing the work (dont write your checks first)

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stjensen48Sep. 2, 08 1:51 PM

Gustav's presence in the news is a reminder of how badly the Republican Party's leaders handled Katrina. Being forced to shorten the opening of a party's convention, and sharing the front page with a hurricane battering New Orleans is just painful deja vu for Republicans. Things like Katie Curic achoring the news from New Orleans and then going to a reporter in St. Paul just keeps reminding people of "heck of a job, Brownie" and related GOP blunders. And if, three years later, the response is no better, the word Gustav will overwhelm the word Palin as the thing that sunk the GOP in this election.

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lvpops53Sep. 2, 08 2:06 PM

Did you see Mitt and John helping to fill those bags for the people of New Orleans? It warms my heart to see them FINALLY doing something.

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lvpops53Sep. 2, 08 2:08 PM

Does anyone know how many people John and Cindy took into their 7 houses during the evacuation of New Orleans?

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dehm0015Sep. 2, 08 2:33 PM

Scott82 - Yes, President Bush did step down as President and made McCain Commander-in-Chief because that's how our country works. As for acting like he had the job, I for one actually like the fact that my quarterback knows the play before he takes the snap. kathymcn - The "amount spent on the Convention expecting a full turnout" would have been less if protestors would have promised not to break windows and jump on police cars. lvpops53 - During the evacuation of New Orleans, John and Cindy took exactly the same amount of people into their homes as you did.

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leftyredSep. 2, 08 3:07 PM

Bush looked like a fool when he went to Katrina and tried to micromanage the disaster relief. He had no business flying around New Orleans trying to wear that hat (granted, neither did his horse racing buddy, but that is another issue all together). The fact is, McCain is doing exactly what George did; trying to turn a natural disaster into a PR stunt. Criminy, he spends how long using his status to run fund raisers for his campaign and the moment he could use that skill to really benefit someone by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, he goes and fills sandbags for the cameras instead. Way to think outside the box, John.

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