The Gong Show was an old campy talent show (parody) where panelists would pull out a mallet and gong the most gruesome acts while the audience booed. Americans of a certain age will recall it as parody that made fun of the American obsession with “no talent, talent.” But today’s potential headline: “It’s all about Gustav and the state of Louisiana” is no laughing matter. It has also been called the mother of all storms. But I was skeptical because there will never be another Katrina. Women are stronger than men.
Gustav Will Be Great, No Doubt, but Gustav You Are No Katrina.
The fact that Gustav puts the RNC on the backburner made some folks gloat that God must be a Democrat and politicos with power can’t get away with saying that, but you can. The other headline was that Bush made his way to Crawford, Texas instead of the RNC when the storm was approaching Cat 3 (just downgraded to a Cat 2) and confirmed that it was taking direct aim at the Gulf. And once the mass hits land it will begin to lose strength. The impact however could be in the oil fields. They could be more impacted by Gustav than they were by Katrina because of its tracking path due West. Expect gas to go up and McCain's poll numbers to go down.
The RNC is also feeling the winds of this misery: California’s governor has announced that he will not attend the RNC due to the budget crisis in California. But President Bush announced earlier this week that he and Cheney would not be in attendance. Bush has set up shop in Crawford to be closer to command central so that he can better direct FEMA and get to the coast when the coast is clear.
No Bush, No Problem
Bush is sending Laura (who should have been the VP pick) in his stead. Bush and Cheney will be sorely missed at the RNC. And some are spinning this as good news for the McCain camp—no Bush, no problem.
In case you were wondering if Heloise was taking this seriously see my old articles because I have more relatives living in New Orleans (pronounced nuwallens) than Chicago. So I’ve called them and they have moved to higher ground or to a second home in another state. That’s the good news, but the bad news is exactly where this storm is going to score: bull eye to the west side of New Orleans!
That’s an even worse track than Katrina and higher flood waters are predicted as the levees are overtopped by the storm surge. Officials are begging everyone to leave who has not left. In fact state that they will NOT rescue anyone left behind in the city. Kudos to Mayor Nagin and Gov. Jindal for evacuating nearly two million people from Louisiana, Nagin threatened looters with Angola. He said they would go straight to prison if caught looting, no exceptions. I wondered aloud if that threat was legal. But black people get the message and nearly no one is left in the French Quarters except Anderson Cooper.
The news coming out of western New Orleans is not good: the levees may not hold. However, it has been downgraded to a Cat 2 as of 9:00 ET. It should be making landfall soon and track up into Texas and right through the Dallas/Fort Worth area but we will barely see rain here. The good news is that Georgia and nearby states had been in the grips of a deep drought that could be helped by rain.
The gossip on the blogs was that the GOP prayed for rain on Obama’s acceptance speech. What a surprise. They have made no secret of holding their nose as they speak Obama’s name and the fate that they hope might befall him. They are digging a ditch that they seemed to have fallen into. Clearly the weather gods were watching over the DNC in Denver. There was no rain on that parade even though it seemed to be threatening the day before. Some crowing a cliché “Be careful what you wish for.” But there is no need to seek vengeance because it is the people of the south and the country who will ultimately suffer the bills that will come out of this tragedy.
The world will be watching and polling the impact of the GOP convention and what kind of bounce or bump McCain/Palin gets out of this unconventional convention. Americans have boosted confidence in the Bush people to handle the aftermath of this hurricane. But I still can’t help wondering where will the greatest impact be felt this time, in our wallets or in our hearts?