Sunday, January 29, 2012

RNC Expoits Costa Concordia Disaster for Political Gain

Some RNC Chair Guy...Rinse and Repeat
While the search continues for the bodies of 15 missing people in the Costa Concordia disaster, RNC Chair Reince Priebus thought it would be a good idea to exploit the disaster for political gain on Face the Nation this morning.

Priebus was making a point about how his party will unite behind its nominee when he dropped this zinger, "In a few months, this is all going to be ancient history and we're going to be talking about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who's abandoning ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as President."


With apologies to Bill Tobin, Who the HELL is Reince Priebus?  What outhouse did he crawl in from?  Oh!  Apparently the Wisconsin Republican Party.  The same party that gave us Scott Walker.  Now, it all makes sense.

Every President is afforded the opportunity to campaign for his own reelection bid.  Should the President abandon the campaign trail and lock himself in the Oval Office until November?  No.  That would be essentially throwing the game.

President Obama is doing what every sitting President that has run for reelection in the electronic media era has done before him.  He's doing his job as President while campaigning for office.  It's absolutely ridiculous to assert otherwise.  When President Obama gets done with a campaign event, he gets on Air Force One or Marine One or into a limo where the entire head end of the government is at his disposal.  The Office of the President is and has been ready to react in a Post-9/11 world in an immediate fashion.  That's all beside the point.  The President isn't abandoning ship like Capt. Francesco Schettino apparently did.

Schettino is being roundly portrayed in the media as a coward for his alleged actions following the Costa Concordia disaster.  Is that really what Prebius is trying to say?  Is he trying to brand Obama as a coward?  If so, why does he hide behind some metaphor?  Why doesn't he just come out and say it?  Show some intestinal fortitude, sir.

I also think it's unseemly for the chair of a major political party to invoke a comparison with the Costa Concordia disaster and a presidential campaign.  After all, 17 people are confirmed dead and another 15 are still missing in the hulk of that ship.

It was a stupid comparison, and I think the RNC should apologize for the Chair's comments.  They made no sense and were disrespectful to the families that await word of loved ones in the Costa Concordia disaster.  That shipwreck has nothing to do with the 2012 Presidential Election.

And who the hell is Reince Priebus?

1 comment:

J.S. Mill said...

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."

-John Stuart Mill, 1866