Hurricane Gustav on track to hit the Gulf Coast appears to be the reason for possibly postponing the convention in Minneapolis. I suspect more likely they’re afraid of Hurricane Obama.
Matt Burns, a spokesman for the convention, said that as of last night, it is scheduled to open on time. “We are planning for our convention to open on Monday,” he said. “Like all Americans, we are monitoring the situation closely in the Gulf.”
Staging a convention during a major natural disaster would be a public relations challenge for either political party. But GOP officials say the burden could be especially heavy for their party, whose reputation was tarred by the Bush administration’s bungling of Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.
A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico could also cast unwelcome attention on the offshore oil rigs that McCain has championed as a solution to rising gasoline prices — they are now being evacuated in the face of the coming storm.
One senior GOP official said he does not anticipate a convention delay at this point, but he said the event would have to be reorganized if a large storm hit a major city on the coast.
“You would have to dramatically change the nature of what you do. Much less partisan. Much less political,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because internal discussions are ongoing. He added that all the speakers would have to retool their addresses to reflect the storm and its impact. “Otherwise, it’s the elephant in the room.”
More from the Washington Post
How did Eratosthenes determine the diameter and circumference of the Earth?
Barack Obama, poised to take a historic step as the Democratic presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to reverse the economic failures of the last eight years, end the war in Iraq and restore the U.S. reputation abroad.
“We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight,” Obama, the first black White House nominee of a major U.S. party, said in excerpts of his remarks prepared for delivery to the Democratic convention. “Eight is enough.”
Obama took direct aim at Republican rival John McCain and linked him to President George W. Bush’s policies.
“Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe,” he said.
“The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans — have built, and we are to restore that legacy,” he said.
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Text of prepared speech below the fold:
Al Gore spoke at the Democratic National Convention tonight. If you missed it, it was certainly one of his best.
Here is the text.
One of the greatest gifts of our democracy is the opportunity it offers us every four years to change course.
It’s not a guarantee – it’s only an opportunity.
The question facing us is, simply put, will we seize this opportunity for change?
That’s why I came here tonight: to tell you why I feel so strongly that we must seize this opportunity to elect Barack Obama President of the United States.
Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn’t really matter who became President.
Our nation was enjoying peace and prosperity. Some assumed we would continue both no matter the outcome. But here we all are in 2008, and I doubt anyone would argue now that election didn’t matter.
Take it from me, if it had ended differently, we would not be bogged down in Iraq, we would have pursued Bin Laden until we captured him.
We would not be facing a self-inflicted economic crisis, we would be fighting for middle income families.
We would not be showing contempt for the Constitution, we’d be protecting the rights of every American regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
And we would not be denying the climate crisis, we’d be solving it.
Today, we face essentially the same choice we faced in 2000, though it may be even more obvious now – because John McCain, a man who has earned our respect on many levels, is now openly endorsing the policies of the Bush-Cheney White House and promising to actually continue them, the same policies all over again?
Hey, I believe in recycling, but that’s ridiculous.
From Us Magazine:
Cindy McCain’s half sister is planning on voting for Barack Obama, she tells Usmagazine.com.
“I’m not voting for McCain,” Kathleen Hensley Portalski tells Us. “I have a different political standpoint.
“I’m voting for Obama,” the Phoenix resident says. “I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I’m not a big war believer.”
Portalski, 65, and the potential first lady, 54, have the same father: Jim Hensley, the founder of the beer distributor Hensley and Co. that Cindy McCain now chairs.
Portalski’s son Nathan, a 45-year-old aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.
“I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat,” he tells Us. “I would not vote at all before I’d vote for him.
“I question whether Cindy is someone I’d want to see in the White House as first lady,” he adds.
No way! No how! No McCain!
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