It’s a damn shame what’s happened to the Republican National Convention and John McCain’s campaign this week. The Republicans deserved to have and enjoy all the convention ballyhoo and press coverage that the Democrats got.
Hurricanes will have their way, no matter what, and the Republicans in St. Paul have reacted as Americans do. But still, it’s a shame the way things have worked out for them so far. Convention sites are selected several years in advance and plans begun. Party activists compete to be delegates, to travel to the convention, participate in the spectacle, meet party luminaries, conduct the party’s business, and just be a part of one of America’s unique political institutions.
Instead, the media fixated on Hurricane Gustav. What little time they’ve devoted to the RNC has been focused on Sarah Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy, as if that has any bearing on anything. Palin is not the presidential candidate, people don’t vote for the vice president, and in any case, what her daughter does is not and should never be an issue.
I couldn’t tell you what John McCain has been doing this weekend, but even if he only had a beer at somebody’s BBQ, that’s where the political focus should have been. Sarah Palin’s daughter is irrelevant as far as the election is concerned.
So-called journalists and serious reporters have become little better than muckrakers and voyeurs. It’s disgusting.