We will act as Americans, not partisans


ST. PAUL, Mn. – John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, casting himself as above politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. “We will act as Americans, not partisans”, he declared.

McCain orders GOP convention curtailed because of Gustav; Bush, Cheney cancel

There is still going to be a rather large anti-[insert (proper)noun] contingent on site, potential protesters are still being rounded up by the police and the hundreds of national (and international) news agencies will be on hand but covering basically nothing. I imagine foot traffic down at the Mall of America will be insane…perhaps I’ll go hunting for Wolf Blitzer. I wonder which food court he’d hang out at…

I never thought I’d say this but I actually agree with McCain’s decision. The goings on at the convention will not be political and many delegates have been flown back to their home states.

McCain campaign manager Davis told reporters inside the convention hall that the opening program on Monday would be “business only and will refrain from political rhetoric.”

To help those in need, he said, “We are working with the delegations, financial people, finance committees, many other concerned individuals to do what we can to raise money for various charities that operate in the Gulf Coast region.”

I won’t be going on Monday morning. I see no reason to gather and descend upon the Xcel Center when the goings on inside are philanthropic. Doing so would not only send the wrong message but be completely counter-active to the actual cause. It puts a pretty big hole in the plans for my podcast over the next two weeks but I’ll manage something. I was going to be there mostly as a neutral party but I’ve come to decide that going just for the sake of going, while those that choose to abuse the new situation as a media opportunity carry on, would only be feeding into the situation.

I will go later in the week if the convention is continued as previously planned but for now I’m taking McCain’s comment to heart.

“We will act as Americans, not partisans”

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