Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on Louisiana in an eerie replay, nearly to the day, of Katrina three years ago. The powers that be have learned from some of their mistakes, evacuating people by the thousands and generally being much more prepared. Sadly, Gustav has provided the Republicans with a good, plausible reason for avoiding the spectacle of Bush and Cheney speaking at their convention. Unfortunately, that makes it easier to promote the illusion of McCain-as-Maverick … McCain as his own guy.
On the Sarah Palin front, TPM has a very good summary by Josh Marshall about Troopergate and the abuse of power that it represents. He sums up his piece as follows:
We rely on elected officials not to use the power of their office to pursue personal agendas or vendettas. It’s called an abuse of power. There is ample evidence that Palin used her power as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired. When his boss refused to fire him, she fired his boss. She first denied Monegan’s claims of pressure to fire Wooten and then had to amend her story when evidence proved otherwise. The available evidence now suggests that she 1) tried to have an ex-relative fired from his job for personal reasons, something that was clearly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal, though possibly understandable in human terms, 2) fired a state official for not himself acting inappropriately by firing the relative, 3) lied to the public about what happened and 4) continues to lie about what happened.
I can’t think this isn’t making the McCain campaign awfully nervous … although “abuses of power” certainly don’t seem to bother the Republican Party very much.
Meanwhile … what is the Straight Talker looking at here?
… and sorry, HollyCornblog … I’ve got nothing on you today! 😉