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?