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The Democrats trying to clear the streets of the homeless for their convention got a fair amount of ink.  The Republicans are using their corporate influence to deny billboard space to photography by Suzanne Opton, whose pictures have appeared on billboards in Syracuse and this week in Denver.

While this is going on, Hurricane Gusav has been raised to category 4 and is scheduled to hit New Orleans on Monday, the first day of the Republican convention.  No doubt the impact will be felt in Minnesota.  Compare McCain’s readiness to delay the convention with the Bush administration’s response to identical news three years ago.

On second thought, the two responses do bear quite a bit of similarity.  McCain calls the coming storm a “near tragedy,” apparently anticipating nearly the worst.  He says that he is praying for himself, as this “near tragedy” could spoil his party.

We though know that he is made of stronger stuff.  He did not let the New Orleans disaster spoil his birthday party three years ago, why should he let this spoil and even more important party?  If Bush brings cake again for his speech on Monday it will be just like old times.

Three years ago we read that Pat Robertson and his ilk thought that Katrina was God’s vengeance on New Orleans.  I wonder what he thinks God is saying this time?

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