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So How Will Republicans Handle This New Orleans Hurricane?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2012

In a post on soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac, David Dayen states the following:

This has already had a political impact for the leaders in the states affected. Governor Bobby Jindal has pulled out of the Republican Convention, joining Florida Governor Rick Scott (the Republican Governors of Alabama and Mississippi were not scheduled to speak). Jindal had a speaking slot in the 8:00 hour on Wednesday.

More important than that, viewers tuning in for the convention can expect a split-screen of Republicans whooping it up over small government plans in Tampa, while government evacuation and emergency efforts persist to the west in the Gulf. The hope is that all emergency efforts go smoothly and there’s no bad news to report. But thanks to the response to Katrina in 2005, the optics of a Gulf hurricane are now a net negative for the GOP. They will have to deal with that juxtaposition in imagery.

“The optics of a Gulf hurricane are now a net negative for the GOP.” Here’s how I imagine the GOP thinks about this situation:

Option 1. They’ll just do what they did last time and blame the Democratic governor and mayor. Oh, wait — one of those people isn’t a Democrat this time around.

Option 2. They’ll trust everything to work out because they know that the new pumps will work just fine. Oh, wait — those were defective ones made by a company in which Jeb Bush was a business partner. And the pumping facilities still aren’t up to the job.

Option 3. They’ll just do what they did last time and use email smear forwards and other methods to imply (or state outright) that the residents of New Orleans are just a bunch of stupid lazy black people who should never have put their homes where they did and who are too stupid to evacuate themselves properly. Doesn’t matter how often these smears are debunked, the GOP’s racist crazy base will eat them up.

And there you have it.

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