If you’re working around the clock to get ready for a major natural disaster, what’s the thing you most want from politicians? You want them to tell people to listen to you about evacuation, and you want them to stay the hell out of your way so you can get as much as possible of the job done before the storm hits.
The people working to protect the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Gustav are getting that. From one of the Presidential candidates. Not from the other, who seems to think this is a good time for a grandstand play.
Awwww … you peeked, didn’t you?
Of course there’s nothing to be done now about the fact that the levees in New Orleans are weaker than they were before Katrina, or that homes were rebuilt below sea level, or that thousands of people are still living in FEMA trailers. Just another failure BushCo needs to own. Add it to the list.
But for John McCain to even think about using the storm as the backdrop for his acceptance speech further lowers him in my esteem. I wouldn’t have thought that possible.
Update And if Obama, in addition to staying out of the way, can really use his email list to rally effective help, that woul be game, set match.