Friday, August 29, 2008

Three years after Katrina

Happy birthday, John McCain. Condolences, people of New Orleans.

In the 2000 Presidential primaries, George W. Bush and Karl Rove humiliated John McCain by running the nastiest kind of attack campaigns they usually save for the opposition party. How did John McCain react? He reacted by embracing Bush.

McCain not only embraced George W. Bush, he voted to support his policies more than 90% of the time. He reacted by taking not just one for the team, but by taking more than nine out of ten for the team. Eventually Bush repaid the loyal foot soldier by celebrating McCain's birthday in person in Arizona...

...while people in New Orleans were drowning.

Now the current candidate McCain is using the same architects of the demise of his 2000 candidacy to advise his current campaign.

There's nothing honorable about McCain anymore.

Now, within days of exactly three years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans, McCain will be having another birthday, and another party. But at this party, almost the entire GOP will be partying with John, as he'll be accepting his party's nomination to the presidency.

Meanwhile, in what could ultimately be horribly ironic, Hurricane Gustav is headed into the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to make landfall during the GOP convention. It may even hit New Orleans again. While it would be something bordering on divine justice were such another potential major natural disaster - one possibly resultant from global warming - to befall this nation during the final days of the Bush presidency, just as his party celebrates the nomination of a fellow self-described oil junkie and "worst polluter in the world" who wants to "DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!" for oil, and someone who voted against funding for Katrina victims, and the re-building of the levees. But as much as Bush and McCain and the Republicans are deserving of a cosmic bitch slap, those who may actually suffer from the damage of this storm don't deserve it. They don't need to take one for that team.

So three years after Katrina, three years after McCain, and Bush, and the Republicans partied while New Orleans drowned, three years later and New Orleans still struggles to rebuild, three years later as McCain, and Bush, and the Republicans party as another major hurricane approaches, let us all simply hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.

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