Monday, September 01, 2008

Weathering Hurricane Gustav and Putting Country First

Bobby Jindal was at the top of my list for GOP VP; but thankfully, Louisiana has the governor it needs at this moment in time, and the McCain team got who it needs to pull the conservative base together.

It's been heartening to visit my fellow right-wing bloggers who were absolutely livid over the McCain candidacy, "coming home to roost" since the announcement of his running mate, Sarah Palin. Finally, Republicans are becoming energized about the 2008 election; while across the aisle, some Democrats are feeling "buyers remorse" and "Barack burnout"/"Obama fatigue".

With President Bush and Vice President Cheney attending to Hurricane Gustav rather than to the RNC, Governor Bobby Jindal taking leadership helm, and John McCain commanding that the opening of the convention "has got to be Americans helping Americans. America first.", the "stuck on stupid" blame-game finger-pointing hysteria-driven media won't be able to make the handling of Hurricane Gustav into a negative political issue for Republicans.

Bush and the Republicans have never recovered from Katrina. The president's approval ratings, already sinking under public dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq through the summer of 2005, plunged further after Katrina. His halting reaction -- and even worse, the woeful performance of federal disaster agencies and his widely ridiculed remark to then-FEMA Director Michael D. Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" -- left an indelible mark on his presidency and his party. The Republican brand is at its lowest point in years.
I agree that post-Katrina efforts might be grounds for fair criticism (insofar as anything is ever handled with smooth perfection); and the handling of Katrina might have been less than stellar, even in the absence of media hysteria that made the situation on the ground worse than the reality, shaping public perception that persists to this day. But at least the good that came of Katrina (including the public outcry against government response) has been in our preparedness to learn from the mistakes of 2005 (does anyone truly believe that federal response would have been any better under a different Administration? First-responders, of course, remain at the State and Local levels) and apply lessons-learned to Hurricane Gustav and future disasters.

John McCain made a smart move (contrast it to former DNC National Chairman Don Fowler's "politics before country" reaction to Gustav). What could have potentially been a political liability (by 1. Reminding voters of Katrina under Bush's watch and 2. Accusing the GOP of insensitivity by having a celebratory atmosphere at the RNC while fellow Americans weather the onslaught of another major storm) is now neutered into irrelevancy; or, even as a plus for John McCain, America's 44th president.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

The post I'm putting up later tonight is titled "Country First" and you get the drift. I am very proud of my party and my candidate. I'm over the moon on the selection of Palin - even after McCain knew of the husband's DWI years ago and the daughter's pregnancy. McCain doesn't disappoint me on character.

Obama has almost no bounce out of the grand production of a convention. The American people are slowly waking up. I hope.

Monday, September 01, 2008 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger Stew Magoo said...

Yep. The McCain camp did something very very right. No pun intended hehehe. I'm still not convinced enough that McCain is going to get my vote, but I'll support this campaign.

Plus it's just a barrel full of fun watching the leftosphere FREAK OUT over Palin.

Monday, September 01, 2008 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Oh c'mon, Stew Magoo. Break down and vote for McCain. He has already proven that he's flexible and that he's smart. We already know he's a patriot and loves America. A non-vote is a vote for Obama, so I hope you will cast your vote for McCain in November.

Wordsmith, regarding your fine post, you are absolutely right. John McCain did indeed make a very smart move. There is no way he could have possibly handled this any better, and his choice of Palin was brilliant! I'm truly looking forward to the debate on the 26th. :)

Monday, September 01, 2008 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Oh c'mon, Stew Magoo. Break down and vote for McCain. He has already proven that he's flexible and that he's smart. We already know he's a patriot and loves America. A non-vote is a vote for Obama, so I hope you will cast your vote for McCain in November.

Wordsmith, regarding your fine post, you are absolutely right. John McCain did indeed make a very smart move. There is no way he could have possibly handled this any better, and his choice of Palin was brilliant! I'm truly looking forward to the debate on the 26th. :)

Monday, September 01, 2008 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

As you know I'm ecstatic about Palin and have finally boarded the straight talk express. I would also like to add that I think those of us who didn't immediately jump on board helped McCain realize that it was crucial for him to pick well. Otherwise, he may very well have picked Lieberman which would've been a disaster.

As for Jindal, look at the huge difference between him and Blanco as he deals with this crisis. I think for the most part everyone is just better prepared this time around but if I lived in Louisiana I'd feel a lot safer with Jindal.

Monday, September 01, 2008 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I don't want to sound hard, but since when is it the federal governments job to evacuate, feed, house and deliver home all the citizens of the gulf coast? We should, out of the kindness of our hearts, help those who cannot help themselves, but most of the people I saw loading onto the Gov.supplied bussed looked able bodied to me.

Just my thoughts...


kw

Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:24:00 PM  
Blogger Rivka said...

Wordsmith,
Thanks for the link! Great points all. Actually that was a most excellent comparison regarding the reality that McCain truly puts his country first as opposed to the libs via proof of the Gustav comments. Also, just the mere fact that McCain is running a brilliant campaign putting 'country first' and the whole mantra of 'change' he is using with the meaning of 'changing government to serve the people instead of themselves' as opposed to Obama who wants the 'self-serving' type of change.

Sunday, September 07, 2008 8:16:00 AM  

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