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It's nature's way


CNN says that hurricane Gustav’s impact on the Gulf states has sparked contingency planning among the coordinators of the Republican national convention. Both sides are positioning themselves to react to the political implications of a potential natural disaster. In a recent interview with Keith Olbermann (video at link) film maker Michael Moore said, “‘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.’”

“A senior McCain source said Saturday that officials are considering turning the convention into a service event, a massive telethon to raise money for the Red Cross and other agencies to help with the hurricane. … They are also hoping to get McCain himself to a storm-affected area as soon as possible.  …  Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Rick Perry of Texas — whose states that lie in the path of Gustav, named a Category 4 hurricane Saturday afternoon — will skip the GOP convention because of the storm.”

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