Squeeze Those Lemons

31Aug08

John McCain’s convention being blown out by a hurricane could be a disaster for his candidacy.

Prediction: I think the storm coinciding with the Republican Convention will ultimately lead to an advantage for John McCain.

Warning to Michael Moore (and other McCain haters): Be careful what you wish for.

“I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven,” Moore said, laughing. “To have it planned at the same time – that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for day one of the Republican Convention, up in the Twin Cities – at the top of the Mississippi River.”

I don’t mind the sick humor. If I were on his side, I might have a chuckle, too, at McCain’s misfortune. But what if it isn’t unfortunate for the GOP?

The challenge of life is to make lemonade out of them lemons, and I have a feeling that’s what the Republican candidates will do. As McCain prepares to tamp down the hoopla in Minnesota, consider the repercutions of the storm:
1) McCain gets to focus on the storm, showing leadership.
2) Media storylines this week will be more focused on McCain than Barack – during a time of crisis.
3) On the third anniversary of Katrina, McCain will emphasize how much better he handles these types of things than did President Bush.
4) Instead of posing in Minnesota, he may give his speech from a remote location near the storm damage. An action speech, rather than a poser speech.

And consider this:

President Bush is unlikely to make it to the Republican National Convention, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may deliver his acceptance speech via satellite because of the historically huge hurricane threatening New Orleans, top officials said.

No Bush speech spells good news for McCain, as well.

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