Message: Paul Ryan Cares (When the Cameras Are Rolling)
Yes, we wouldn’t want someone to rush aid to one of the largest natural disasters in American history if it meant Paul Ryan would miss his chance to use the suffering of millions as a political photo opp.
In Hudson, the packing was proceeding too quickly, and the supporters wearing red “Team Wisconsin” t-shirts were given the order to slow down and then to stop to be sure there were still goods to be packed when Ryan entered.
One by one the boxes were filled and loaded into a waiting U-Haul, and then they stopped to wait for the candidate.
Of course, these supposed Hurricane Sandy relief events are phony to start with. Reporters who were at the earlier Romney event were surprised by the amount of politicization, and partisanship Romney injected into the rally. They were giving out anti-Obama tshirts, and even playing Mitt Romney’s campaign video.
At What Point Will Team Romney Stop Giving the Red Cross Donations It Doesn’t Want?
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.
And then to add insult to injury, Ryan announced today their offices across the country – creepily called “victory centers” – are accepting donations of non-perishable goods from the public for the relief effort. Apparently to insure that the good work of the Red Cross is truly impeded.
He noted that victory centers across the state and the country are accepting donations of non-perishables.
You’ll Take It and You’ll Eat It
Think about it. What kind of person gives you something that they know you don’t know, don’t need, and can’t really use effectively? Then take this out of the context of a gift, and put it into the context of what we’re actually dealing with, a natural disaster.
I’ve had conservatives on Twitter tell me that the Red Cross should be thankful for whatever folks want to give it. Yeah, but that’s not the way the disaster relief game works. The Red Cross doesn’t exist to make you feel good about yourself, to make you think you’re helping people in need, when you’re really not. The Red Cross exists to help people in need. Not to boost your ego. And not to help you win presidential elections.
So the moral of the story is, if you ever need a blood transfusion, don’t call Mitt Romney: He’ll bring canned fruit and a photographer.