Bush Unlikely To Attend RNC, McCain/Palin Head To MS

From ThinkProgress:

This morning, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said that it is “unlikely the president will travel to Minnesota on Monday” because of concerns about Hurricane Gustav. “We are currently preparing alternate plans.” Gustav is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast as early as Monday, the same day that President Bush, Laura Bush, and Dick Cheney are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Cindy McCain, and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) are planning to travel to Jackson, MS, today, to receive a Gustav briefing at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Now the McCain camp is getting a lot of pushback from the liberal blogosphere over such a crass political stunt, and the notation that this will just divert localattention and resources away from hurricane preperations, but I just wanted to add something else. John McCain is a Senator from Arizona who sits on the Armed Services committee, and Sarah Palin is the Governor of Alaska. They don’t have any role in planning or executing the local or federal contingency.

Isn’t it a bit, I dunno, presumptuous for them to be running around playing make believe President and Vice-President?