The GOP is so intimidated by cries of racism for any reason, no matter how preposterous, that the leadership has voluntarily derailed their own convention in favor of some empty, pandering gesture... over a hurricane that wasn't.
The right doesn't need in comedians, it's a daily laugh riot without them.
In a totally meaningless gesture, McCain forgoes the first day of the convention to "pray" and put the arm on the unsuspecting delegates for contributions for the poor "survivors" of a rainstorm whose only discomfiture was to take a long and unnecessary bus ride to North Texas.
They're now on their way back home, I suppose.
Candidate McCain couldn't get to his check book fast enough... personally sending $25K to the poor "refugees" who weren't really.
Let us remember that nothing in government or especially politics is 100-percent altruistic; there is always some consideration of how any decision (or non-decision) will be regarded.
Only the Republicans have been cowed into such pandering to blacks. The dems have long accepted overwhelming black support at the polls as a given.
Katrina changed all the rules... now every gust of wind exceeding 25 mph is given breathless, and sophomoric news media coverage and seems to have created a nation of stormophobes. (Remember, a great number of Americans were hoarding food and water and hiding in the basements in preparation for Y2K.)
And if a storm threatens a black population center, Republican politicians stumble over one another trying to prove they're aren't racists.
And what do dem politicians do? Nothing. They know they'll get all the black vote no matter how they take blacks for granted and treat them like chattel.
Meanwhile, Obama--The Savior of All Black Folk--announced he wouldn't go to the Gulf Coast, because he didn't want to interfere with emergency efforts. "We’re going to try to stay clear of the area until things have settled down and then we’ll probably try to figure out how we can be as helpful as possible,” he said.
Which is almost exactly what President Bush said when he decided to not immediately go to New Orleans during Katrina, and you remember the outrage directed at him by blacks which was directed from the DNC.
John McCain did tour the Iowa floods... despite being asked not to because state and local officials didn't want its limited emergency personnel to be diverted to presidential-like security.
So actually it turns out quite balanced... if a GOP politician doesn't go to the disaster, especially involving blacks, he's pond scum, and/or a racist; if he does, his an opportunistic bastard guilty of making political hay from others misfortune.
But if a dem politician goes or doesn't go to a disaster, it's invariably the right thing to do.
It's hard to get anything approaching an up-to-date estimate of federal tax money spent in New Orleans alone, but it seems to be $200 billion with no end in sight.
I would remind readers that by the time Katrina hit The Big Easy it was only a Category 2.
Why keep rebuilding a city built below sea level when the sea abuts the city limits?