As he continues with his ‘Forgotten Place’ tour today John McCain is going to speak in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. I have a funny feeling that he will conveniently ‘forget’ a few things as he makes this stop.
I wonder if John McCain will remind the people of New Orleans that in 2005 he was resistant to sending federal funds to help reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At that time he cited an increased deficit as his reason for his skepticism. This from a man that has recently admitted that he would continue with his tax cuts for the wealthy even if it does increase the deficit. Someone should remind McCain of his comments about New Orleans and demand that he explain both his reasoning and his out of touch priorities.
Another thing that McCain might like to ‘forget’ as he visits New Orleans today are the words of John Hagee, the extreme right wing pastor whose support McCain is ‘glad to have.’ In 2006 Hagee said that ‘Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.’ He said that this judgment visited the city because ‘there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that Katrina came.’ As a guest on a right wing radio show earlier this week, Hagee affirmed his belief that Katrina was God’s punishment on New Orleans.
Perhaps John McCain should explain these comments to the people of New Orleans. If John McCain does ‘forget’ both his comments and that of his supporter John Hagee, he should not be given a pass by the media. They should be quick to ‘remind’ him as he focuses on New Orleans today.