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Sunday, August 31, 2021

With Hurricane Gustav’s imminent landfall prompting the Republican Party to drastically alter its Convention schedule in St. Paul, I’m glad I’m not the only one who detected a political advantage for McCain as a result.

Specifically, an indisputable, and even graceful, way to disassociate from the current administration:

The looming storm ravaged convention plans, forcing Bush and Vice President Cheney to cancel live speeches, Monday’s schedule to largely be scrapped and the media to turn its focus to what could be another Hurricane Katrina or worse.

But, in cold political terms, this could be a very good thing for McCain. At the very least, it pulls an unpopular president and vice president away from here at a time when Democrats are ready to hit McCain with a barrage of ads and talking points linking him to Bush.

Aside from everything else — relief efforts going to Louisiana in lieu of speechifying in Minnesota, a do-over for the GOP on disaster response, etc. — the opportunity to get Bush and Cheney out of McCain’s spotlight is key. It would have been an awkward scene otherwise: You can’t disinvite the party’s current sitting President, and yet Bush’s unpopularity wouldn’t help McCain beyond the Republican core. This way, the decision is made for them by Mother Nature.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/31/2008 07:09:41 PM
Category: Politics, Weather
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