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Following on Kay’s post, I wanted to underscore how disgusting it is that Mitt Romney is using Hurricane Sandy as a campaign prop. He held the exact same rally that he had planned, but pretended it was for “disaster relief”. Such bullshit is typical Romney. He held a full-on campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio–nothing more. We are a week out and he is entitled to campaign how he wants and where he wants, regardless of any other current event.
But Romney is shameless. He wants to use Sandy’s destruction as a media hook, so he re-branded his rally for the stupid and gullible members of the press as a “storm relief’ effort. To underscore the stupid deception, Mitt asked attendees to bring can goods to the rally, as if random truckloads of unsorted can goods flooding a disaster area are useful. The Red Cross is pretty specific that these kinds of efforts produce piles of supplies that cannot be used and cause real problems for relief efforts:
Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.
Theatrical can good drives are the kinds of things that people do when they want to pretend they care–as long as the cameras are rolling (and yes, it was only a photo op). It is not a surprise that it is what Mitt is doing. I would bet that everything collected at the rally ends up in a landfill.
If you want to help: send money. Here is the link to the Red Cross disaster relief.
If Mitt was serious about disaster relief he would ask his supporters to only do that, but loading cans on trucks makes for a good “I care” photo op, so he asks for props. That Mitt is asking his supporters to drop off their spare cans of Spotted Dick and jars of Grey Poupon tells you all you need to know.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, President Obama is showing how a leader acts when confronted with a disaster.
ps: I rode out the storm in Baltimore and we had no damage and lost power for only a very short amount of time, but I know that was a bit of luck. It could have just as easily hit us like it did many of our friends and neighbors near and far. The idea of turning this emergency into a Romney Campaign prop fills me with disgust. I am amazed that when it comes to sinking to new lows, Mitt Romney is a bottomless well of shame.