by JS O’Brien
Republican candidates are running as far away from President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as possible, because their approval ratings are at or near historic lows for a sitting administration. The upcoming GOP convention in Minneapolis presented a difficult issue for the GOP: It would be an admission of Republican failure to exclude the nominal party leaders from the convention, but their appearance would be an aid to the Democrats, who are trying their best to defeat John McCain on George W. Bush’s abysmal eight-year record. An appearance by the two most unpopular and incompetent men in the White House’s recent history would further tie this year’s GOP candidates to them.
Hurricane Gustav has solved all that. Today, Bush and Cheney announced that they will not appear at the convention in order to remain at the White House, ostensibly to provide assistance should it be needed, but probably to lounge around the Oval Office playing zoom zorch.
Regardless, they will not appear at the convention, which is what the GOP wanted all along and didn’t know how to effect. Gustav is bad news for the Gulf Coast, but great news for the Republicans.