Arizona Senator and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain will be spending a couple of days in Louisiana this week, according to his campaign website.

On June 3rd, McCain will be holding a rally in Kenner– Governor Jindal’s old stomping ground– at the Ponchartrain Center. Doors open at 7PM.

Then, the next morning, McCain will be holding a “town hall” meeting at the Baton Rouge River Center. According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, this will be followed by a fundraiser:

McCain also will be in town for a fundraising luncheon.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Gov. Buddy Roemer are hosting the 11:45 a.m. lunch at the Holiday Inn Select on Constitution.

Tickets range from $2,300 to $1,000 per person, depending on whether the seating is “preferred.”

His visit, of course, comes as national Republicans, including the folks at the Washington Times, are fueling speculation that McCain may pick Governor Bobby Jindal as his running mate. I’m sure the events in Kenner and Baton Rouge are just a coincidence.

During his last visit to Louisiana, McCain angered many when he suggested that he was not sure if he would support rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward. To be sure, he made the comments before he had officially rejected the endorsement of John Hagee, the lunatic preacher who believes that Katrina was God’s punishment for Southern Decadence.

Of course, one has to wonder why, exactly, McCain is still on the fence about the Lower Ninth, considering that it’s actually located on higher ground than much of New Orleans. From the New York Times:

Scientists who have studied the topography of New Orleans say that warning is far from certain. “I didn’t see anything that makes me think the Lower Ninth is any more dangerous than other places,” said Hassan Mashriqui, a researcher at the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center.

Much of the Lower Ninth is “two to three feet higher” than areas of the Lakeview neighborhood and the western side of Jefferson Parish, Dr. Mashriqui said. “Nobody is talking about people having to move from there.”

Dr. Mashriqui, who is also part of the state team investigating levee breaches from Hurricane Katrina, said the failures were largely because of artificial navigation canals in the area that magnified the storm surge.

Although the corps has begun building gates to protect the canals on the opposite side of town, it has only begun to discuss similar large-scale flood-control projects that would benefit the Lower Ninth.

Now, Dr. Mashriqui said, “They will blame the locality for the destruction, instead of flawed engineering.”

Now, let’s ask ourselves this question: Why would people blame the locality instead of engineering? And why, two and a half years later, is anyone– let alone a Presidential candidate– open to neglecting the Lower Ninth?

I’ve never heard anyone question the practicality or the feasibility of rebuilding Lakeview– which was also destroyed and is actually on lower ground than the Lower Ninth.

7 thoughts

  1. Of course you haven’t heard anyone question the feasibility of rebuilding Lakeview. God forbid we ask wealthy people to leave the area they live in.

  2. Hello,

    I am contacting you on behalf of John Fleming for Congress. I am writing because this campaign respects your impressive website which showcases your immense talent.

    Blogs are underutilized in politics. This campaign is interested in developing a strong relationship with blogs across Louisiana and the nation, yours included. Please contact upon receiving this e-mail, as I would like future communication.

    Sincerely,
    Raymond Smalley
    Martin-Stewart
    (740)-269-4035
    (330)-204-5331

  3. “Blogs are underutilized in politics.”

    Really?

    It’s funny because WeSawThat posted THE SAME EXACT “E-MAIL.”

    Dear We Saw,

    I am contacting you on behalf of John Fleming for Congress. I am writing because this campaign respects your impressive website which showcases your immense talent. Blogs are underutilized in politics. This campaign is interested in developing a strong relationship with blogs across Louisiana and the nation, yours included. Please contact upon receiving this e-mail, as I would like future communication.

  4. I’m offended – sitting up here in the middle of Bossier Parish and they have not commented on my impressive website(s) and immense talent.
    Now I did say that I would not vote for Dr. Fleming or any other Republican in this race. I did say that I will support the Democrat, either Paul Carmouche or John Milkovich.
    I did mention that the Republicans have screwed things up royally.
    Those statements are a perfect showcase of my immense talent. I’m sure they’ll be in touch . . .

  5. Hahaha… thanks for the comment Bruce.

    I must add: Today, Senator McCain told the American people that he was speaking to them from “the Great City of New Orleans.”

    Not true.

    He was speaking from the great suburb of Kenner– which is not only located in a different Congressional district but, more importantly, is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE, a place with its own “culture,” a place that was not nearly as screwed up as New Orleans was during the aftermath of Katrina.

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