In an area of Port-au-Prince called "Icar", make-shift tents are all that people have for homes. We drove here expecting there to be serious concern about Isaac, but to our surprise, very few people even knew there was a storm coming this way. This is the most serious weather threat since the earthquake of 2010. FULL POST
Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama every day. I have done so since the day he was inaugurated, rain or shine.
Dear Mr. President,
I imagine you and your fellow Dems are chuckling a bit over the prospect of a hurricane bearing down on the Republican convention. I know that no one in either party would wish calamity on the people of Florida, or any real damage, but I’m sure the idea of a heavy dose of wind and rain mucking up the GOP’s coronation is entertaining in your camp.
Speaking of which, I’ve read with interest this idea you have of sending Biden down there. I realize that you’re probably just trying to snatch a few headlines, but are you sure it is worth the risk?
Your vice presidential pal, as you well know, has a remarkable tendency to get blown off course when TV cameras are around. He blurts out things that, on occasion, seem to contradict what you’ve said; he strays from the party line; and he winds up collecting the kind of headlines that political communications directors just dread.
Turn him loose in a town full of Republicans, amid heavy winds and rain, and who the heck knows what might happen?
Still, it’s your call. I hope it turns out the way you plan. But don’t come crying to me if somehow you wind up with pictures of the Veep in a rubber raft, paddling along, and blaming the Republicans for rain. Ha!
Give a call if you have a moment. I’m scooting back and forth to New York tomorrow, so I’ll be on the go, but I’m always happy to chat.
What everyone’s talking about:
After Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial remarks on Sunday about rape and pregnancy, many Republicans, including Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, called for Akin to drop out of the Missouri senate race. However, Akin asked supporters via Twitter for donations as he takes on what he calls the “party bosses.”
Democratic Strategist Paul Begala and Pollster and Former Adviser to the Gingrich Presidential Campaign Kellyanne Conway discussed how Akin’s dismissal of calls to exit the Senate race might affect the upcoming GOP race.
Conway also made comments about sex-selective abortion: “You’ve got all these little baby girls being killed just because they’re girls in this country…We should look at the Guttmacher Institute statistics to really illuminate us on that. But it does, it does occur because there’s so much science now, people can, they can know the gender of their baby and they make their choices accordingly.” However, we looked at the Institute’s website which said: “there is limited data indicating that sex-selective abortion may be occurring in some Asian communities, although the U.S. sex ratio, at 1.05 males for every female, is squarely within biologically normal parameters.”
How could anyone freeze standing outside in New York City in the middle of August?
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