The GOP postponed the opening events at the convention to visit Gulf Coast hurricane victims.
Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — John McCain said he’s suspending most of tomorrow’s events at the Republican National Convention to focus on aiding U.S. Gulf Coast victims as Hurricane Gustav approaches landfall.
“We are facing a great national challenge,” McCain said in remarks sent by video from St. Louis to Republicans gathering in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the nominating convention.
“We have to do away with party politics and we have to act as Americans.”
The first two days will be devoted to business that is legally required, such as approving credentials of the state delegations and convention rules, Republican National Chairman Mike Duncan said.
At the same time, fundraising appeals — to help those affected by the hurricane — will take place at all social events around town. “We will act together” to help storm victims, McCain said.
Earlier today, McCain toured the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
The programming changes came as residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast from Texas to Mississippi were fleeing their homes ahead of the storm.
Earlier today, the White House announced that both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are canceling their speaking appearances at the St. Paul convention that had been scheduled for tomorrow.
Gustav is headed for landfall in areas scoured by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita three years ago.
In the meantime, a former Hillary delegate gloated over the prospect of using a life-threatening hurricane as fodder for his anti-Republican views:
……Former DNC Chairman Don Fowler apologized on Sunday for joking in a private conversation that the timing of Hurricane Gustav demonstrates that God is on the side of the Democrats.
……Fowler was secretly recorded by the person sitting behind him while flying from Denver, Colo., to Charlotte, N.C., following the Democratic National Convention. His conversation with Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., was anonymously posted to YouTube and highlighted by RedState.com, a conservative blog.
……Fowler, a superdelegate who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2007, was caught on tape saying: “The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool.“
Who does Fowler blame? Not himself, that’s for damned sure.
“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”
Nah, it wouldn’t have anything to do with a leftwing douchbag caught in the act of making a piss-poor joke. Fowler thought it would be real funny to imitate Jerry Falwell:
Fowler said his remark was “facetious” and a “satirical comment” on the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Falwell told “The 700 Club,” “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'”
Falwell, who later apologized, said he viewed the attacks as God’s judgment on America for “throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked.”
Watch the video here:
Smile, DemRats. You’re on Candid Camera.
Oh, and not to be outdone, lardass supreme Michael Moore reared his ugly mug on moonbat Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” with this little gem:
“There is a God because he’s sending Gustav to the Gulf Coast [at the same time of the Republican convention].”
Someone like Falwell gets the raked-over-the-coals treatment, while Spratt, Fowler, Moore, and company will get a free pass.
Just like Ron White says: “You can’t fix stupid”.