You Want a Telethon, GOP? Then Do It with Obama

McCain chairman Rick Davis, together with a televised address from John McCain, just finished his press conference with reporters about the future of the Republican National Convention this year in the face of hurricane Gustav.  The upshot is that all plans are up in the air, with the exception of the formal party business on Monday of getting a quorum to officially nominate John McSame and Sarah Quaylin.

Of course, the GOP cannot afford politically to appear to be engaged in convention festivities as the Gulf Coast drowns--once again--due to their criminal negligence.  But if they cancel the convention, they won't get the bounce John McCain needs to stay competitive as Obama heads into September with a 6 point lead in Gallup's already McCain-friendly poll.

So, the GOP is attempting to pivot off of their politically unpalatable choice by essentially turning their entire convention into a telethon for charity on behalf of the victims of the upcoming disaster.

Yes, that's right.  They are that politically craven and utterly lacking in shame.  Apparently, Republicans believe that the American public has the memory of goldfish, and will forget the utter failures of the Bush Administration during Katrina--not to mention John McCain's birthday bash with Bush as New Orleans drowned.  According to the birthday boy himself:

"But there's very little doubt that we have to go from a party event to a call to the nation for action, action to help our fellow citizens in this time of tragedy and disaster, action in the form of volunteering, donations, reaching out our hands and our hearts and our wallets to the people who are under such great threat from this great natural disaster. I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary, throughout our convention if necessary, to act as Americans not Republicans, because America needs us now no matter whether we are Republican or Democrat."

This messaging was reinforced by Rick Davis, who said that they must

take off our political campaign hats, and put on our "American" hats

Thanks, Rick, for acknowledging that there is nothing "American" about Republican politics, policies, or campaigns.  I couldn't have said it better myself.  It is also highly ironic and disgusting that the GOP has pushed so hard for massive tax cuts while cutting essential government services--so that when a national disaster arises that should be the purview of government to address, Republican leaders find it necessary to ask for donations (mostly to private organizations like the Red Cross) from the very people whose tax burden they continually promise to relieve.

But if you guys really want to take off your party hats and act like real Americans to do a benefit telethon, you might want to consider doing it in concert with the Obama campaign.

After all, last I checked, you guys believe that Obama is the world's biggest celebrity.  Who better to help raise money for your cause?  Barack Obama alone got 40 million viewers for his speech.  The Democratic Convention in Denver was the highest rated convention in history--while your convention alone would barely garner half that many viewers due to the general lack of interest in your candidates.  After all, you guys aren't exactly celebrities, right?

So do the right thing, GOP.  Come together with us and the Obama campaign as Americans to raise money for the Gulf Coast you failed utterly to rebuild.  With our help, you might actually succeed at getting something right.

Because if you don't and try to do this on your own, it might just look like you're trying to score cheap, cynical points at the expense of hurricane victims.  And you wouldn't want that, would you?

Tags: Hurricane Gustav, Republican National Convention (all tags)




for being "American".

by thereisnospoon 2008-08-31 01:15PM | 0 recs
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Post this on every blog you can think of.

by robitude 2008-08-31 01:23PM | 0 recs
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i put it on dkos and mlw.  doesn't seem to be getting a whole lot of traction, though.

by thereisnospoon 2008-08-31 02:29PM | 0 recs
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Yeah, I saw that over on Kos... bummer that it didn't catch on.  I don't think there's a single better strategic option and I hope that, if nothing else, the Obama campaign noticed.

by robitude 2008-08-31 04:31PM | 0 recs

I don't know why I didn't think of that.  If this will truly be an "American" telethon-esque thing, there's absolutely no reason not to include Obama.  Republicans aren't the only Americans, after all.  Why shouldn't Obama be ON HAND to congratulate McCain for getting the nomination as well as help raise money for those victimized by the storm - especially in light of McCain's ad congratulating Obama for getting the Dem nomination?  This would be a grand step toward making this a civil campaign again.

Of course, the Republicans will never let that happen.  But what a moment if they did.

by robitude 2008-08-31 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: You Want a Telethon,

Yes, Obama should come out and request that the McCain campaign do a joint email solicitation to their donors or something like that.

by rfahey22 2008-08-31 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: You Want a Telethon, GOP? Then Do It with Oba

McCain and the GOP are already milking this for constant media attention. I just saw Brian Williams allow the man to trash Obam's experience in the face of sarah Palin's executive experience. Oh, he got in a homage to motherhood and child rearing, mentionin that she is the Governor of the largest state, and the one that provides 90% of the energy needs of America. I never thought that even Republicans would stoop this low. Craven doesn't even begin to cover it.

by Jeter 2008-08-31 02:54PM | 0 recs


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