The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that Republican spokesman are criticizing Barack Obama for continuing to campaign while New Orleans was threatened by Hurricane Gustav.
Do these guys think the American people are that gullible?
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf three years ago, Republican President George W. Bush and his appointees ignored the unfolding tragedy while hundreds died on their rooftops and thousands were turned into domestic refugees.
Do the Republican PR flaks really think that by attacking Barack Obama they will make people forget that their presumptive Presidential nominee, John McCain, was safely celebrating his birthday in Arizona with none other than "You're doing a hell of a job Brownie" President George W. Bush while hundreds were dying and 30,000 occupied the Superdome?
Or that the President's mother, Barbara Bush actually declared the Katrina was beneficial when she declared: " What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."
McCain and his handlers are feigning sensitivity and compassion for the folks in the Gulf Coast because when Katrina hit they exhibited neither.
While some Republican simply ignored the plight of the mainly black and poor victims of Katrina, others, like 10-term Republican Rep. Richard H. Baker from Baton Rouge, celebrated the devastation when he told to a room of lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who cynically attempted to use the tragedy to privatize the National Weather Service, went so far as to suggest punishing people who had ignored pre-storm evacuation orders.
The Republican Party's criticism of Barack Obama is a none to transparent attempt to bury their failure to humanely respond when Katrina devastated the people and the Gulf Coast region.
Have they no shame?