Don Fowler channels Michael Moore

posted at 8:21 pm on August 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Red State blogger “absentee” had the good fortune to travel from Denver to Charlotte after the Democratic convention with DNC National Chair Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. His fortune turned into Fowler’s misfortune, as it turns out the blogger videotaped a conversation on the plane between the two prominent Democrats, who seem pleased about Hurricane Gustav. In fact, Fowler apparently believes it to be divine intervention, as shown in this clip:

The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they start. [Chuckle] The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] … Everything’s cool.

This comes just a day after Brother Michael Moore saw the Face of God in a natural disaster bearing down on New Orleans. Did the Democratic convention hold a seminar in Denver on how to take glee in the misfortune of others, as long as it works for you politically? While we’ve come to expect this from Moore, who is obnoxious even at the best of times, seeing this kind of weird schadenfreude from elected officials and high-ranking party members comes off … rather ghoulishly.

Absentee also reports that the pair had quite a laugh over Sarah Palin’s nomination, but apparently he didn’t get that on tape. They shrugged her off as a non-entity except for the accident of gender, and called her — oddly — “Dan Quayle on steroids”. None of that is rather exceptional, except that one can be sure that their official line will sound at least slightly more dignified, even if just as far removed from reality.

It does seem curious that Absentee had the camera at the ready while the plane was apparently in flight, and that neither Democrat noticed it. This also prompts a question of ethics, which all of us should consider carefully. Should private conversations between politicians get videotaped surreptitiously like this? If so, then perhaps Fowler and many, many others should take better care about having a laugh at the misery of others, even among friends.

Update (AP): I made this point in the Moore post yesterday but it bears repeating: This is their philosophy on Iraq too, of course. Defeat actually helps America, because defeat puts Democrats in power and only by having Democrats in power can America “progress.” Bear this in mind the next time Sen. Hopenchange affects indignation in wondering what McCain could possibly mean with his insinuations about putting country first. This is what he means.


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Romney was Rove’s candidate.

poor alphie can’t even get that right

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 11:09 PM

From Moore thread but bears repeating…:

Really? Do the Dems REALLY want to make jokes about the weather? THIS YEAR? REALLY? Ok. Let’s have it…

Obama had sunny skies for his convention because he hangs out with the Weathermen.

“Hurricane Gustav hit NOLA today with the explosive force of 10 of his closest associate’s nail bombs. Obama had no comment. S. Kurtz is a racist”

Obama said the only way to solve the problem with the weather in NOLA is to drown Chocolate city in federal dollars. “I have no executive experience, but I do know which way the wind is blowin’”

REALLY?

Americano on August 30, 2008 at 11:11 PM

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Thanks for the offer, really.

I’m good. I’ve evacuated to Memphis with the job and I’m safe with mostly “stuff” left behind in New Orleans. Outside family and pets, all that is vitally important is with us now albeit mostly loaded in bins instead of conveniently located where it should be. As for the rest we left behind, some I would like to keep given the choice, some is covered by insurance, the rest is inconsequential and replaceable.

I take these evacauations as if this is going to be the last time I ever get to take what is important in my life. Katrina proved that sometimes it is. Months after that storm the food section of the local paper dealt with foodies dealing with the loss of cookbooks and recipes that they were trying to replace because who ever takes cookbooks or Grandma’s Gumbo recipe when they evacuate for a hurricane?

Again, thanks for the offer.

highhopes on August 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Thank god Jindal is on our side.

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 11:20 PM

I’s expect no less from those animals.

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Another classy move, Dems.

thedudesblog on August 30, 2008 at 11:27 PM

Thank god Jindal is on our side.

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 11:20 PM

He’s on the people’s side.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 11:28 PM

Should we be taping politicians’ private speeches?

Apparently and unfortunately, it appeats that it’s the only way to get behing some politicians’ rhetoric.

This comment reveals attitudes bearing directly upon this idiot’s job and a seriously dangerous attitude.

So should we tape them?

No.

We must tape them.

cgoode777 on August 30, 2008 at 11:29 PM

And for extra credit….

Seven Percent Solution on Aug 30,2008 at 10:51PM.

Seven Percent Solution:Extra credit,for the defence!

Terrific,now my keyboard is extra-
sticky form tea-spit,LOL! haha:)

canopfor on August 30, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Will the MSM give this wings?

Mojave Mark on August 30, 2008 at 11:46 PM

If they do, it will make anything the Republicans do about the hurricane look petty and political, Mojave.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 11:49 PM

This also prompts a question of ethics, which all of us should consider carefully. Should private conversations between politicians get videotaped surreptitiously like this?

If you’ll recall, the Democrats famously (and illegally) taped a private conversation between Republican congressional leaders a few years back. It went through the courts for a few years, and IIRC, the Democrat who leaked the tape to the press got a slap on the wrist – those taping got nothing…

So I wouldn’t worry about “absentee” being too mean to poor Chairman Fowler here.

BTW, does anyone this would require a resignation if it was the head of RNC talking in such a fashion?

18-1 on August 30, 2008 at 11:53 PM

aphie:

Like hell.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 12:16 AM

If they do, it will make anything the Republicans do about the hurricane look petty and political, Mojave.

Helping out the victims of a hurricane: petty and political.

Laughing at how the misery and destruction caused by said hurricane could benefit you politically: not at all objectionable.

Hope. Change. Ghoulishness.

Slublog on August 31, 2008 at 12:22 AM

What, exactly, could the Jimmy Swaggart’s of the Republican right do “for” the possible victim of this hurricane, slu?

Collect money from the public in their name and “promise” to pass it along?

After the proper fund raising fees have been extracted, of course.

Too funny.

alphie on August 31, 2008 at 12:27 AM

Situations like this are while Liberals oppose the Patriot Act.

Reasonable people weren’t worried about being overheard while mocking the destruction of thousands of lives for political gain.

Plus, if the Patriot Act were to expand further, Liberals would no longer be able to speculate about missing evidence to support conspiracy theories.

Support liberal corruption. Ban all video and recording that have not be filmed and edited by the Obama campaign (just like on his overseas “not-a-campaign” trip).

Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Youtube blocked the search function for the video. If you search “don fowler New Orleans”, it won’t come up. Leftards try hard to have this video banned on youtube.

Peter_P on August 31, 2008 at 1:06 AM

I will have none of that. Alphie is my precious little one. True, she is the village idiot here at HotAir. Nevertheless, we love her free spirited, Marx Brothers approach to logic and reason.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 10:38 PM

I know you meant well but associating comedic geniuses like the Marx Brothers, even to make a rhetorical point, with somebody who counts porta-potties just isn’t right.

Captain Hate on August 31, 2008 at 1:15 AM

I think alphie’s been reading those self-help books where they advise you to spend time with your betters, in an attempt to improve your lot in life. alphie, dear, I think you’ve aimed a little high. You might want to lower your sites a little, just so you don’t disappoint yourself if you find this self-improvement thing is too hard.

Try the local dump, just for starters. If that’s still too demanding, then a sewage treatment plant ought to do the trick.

Love ya. Kisses.

nukemhill on August 31, 2008 at 1:18 AM

What, exactly, could the Jimmy Swaggart’s of the Republican right do “for” the possible victim of this hurricane, slu?

Right. All conservatives are Jimmy Swaggart. Careful…your small-minded bile is showing.

You would do well to do some research into the church’s response to Hurricane Katrina, or other natural disasters. Your comment shows just how ignorant you are of how the “right” has responded to such incidents.

Slublog on August 31, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Note to the RNC:

Get this on the air throughout the south and in every battleground state. Hell go national, air it everywhere. Expose the Dem leadership for what they are and we’ll see just who has the last laugh.

And do it NOW. You’ll never get another gift like this. At least not this election cycle.

SuperCool on August 31, 2008 at 3:03 AM

The Democrat Party mantra:
What is bad for America is always good for the Democrats.

albill on August 31, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Here is proof that the Dems have NO SOUL

grapeknutz on August 31, 2008 at 8:20 AM

The Democrat Party mantra:
What is bad for America is always good for the Democrats.

albill on August 31, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Rush has been saying that for years. I wish that he were wrong, but as it concerns Democrat politicians (not the people) I have never seen any evidence to the contrary. And, yes, I have looked.

SKYFOX on August 31, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Great post.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Funny how leftists seem to believe in God whenever disaster befalls Republicans, natural or otherwise.

Just sayin’.

ZK on August 31, 2008 at 8:37 AM

For Democrats, the end justifies the means no matter who gets hurt in the process. One of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.

BrianA on August 31, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Hmm, where’s Olbermann’s condemnation of Moore?
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Where’s Olbermann’s condemnation of this disgraceful display?
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You think anyone on the right would say such crap? No.

marklmail on August 31, 2008 at 11:33 AM

RobertInAustin on August 30, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Great post Robert, we ALL need to email this prick…

reshas1 on August 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Guess who else thinks Hurricanes damaging America are “divine intervention”:

A purported al-Qaeda newscast that promises weekly updates made its online debut with a report read by a masked man that included video of Hurricane Katrina — subtitled “divine punishment” — and a message from the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Texas Rainmaker on August 31, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Michael Moore’s email address isn’t going thru.. Hum, wonder if he got inundated with emails? LOL What a douch

reshas1 on August 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

The fact that this conversation was, against odds, captured on tape is proof that God is on our side.

Everything’s cool.

cgoode777 on August 31, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Here’s a comment I pulled from youtube.

All Republicans are scumbags. If all of New Orleans gets wipped out, I don’t care, as long as it means the Repubs will get voted out, and the red states get taught a lesson.

alteredbeat on September 1, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Fowler is a lefty doucheweasel who doesn’t care about black people. (Right, Kanye?)

I don’t recall the Dems being all offended when it was their own congressvermin like Baghdad Jim McDermott using surreptitiouisly-taped Republican colleagues for public embarrassment.

sulla on September 1, 2008 at 5:14 AM

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