Read the link to listen to the passionless, ostrich-like, pitiful excuses.
New Orleans didn't deserve a debate because we suffered a tragedy. We don't want pity.
New Orleans was the best place for a debate (or even all four of them) because all of the major issues facing our country and world have been on display here for over two years: a national infrastructure at risk, homeland security (our port and levees), race, education, economic opportunity, global climate change, wetlands degradation, agriculture and aquaculture, crime, corruption, crony capitalism.
Instead, the debates will be held at Ole Miss and Hofstra. (Hofstra?) Oh, and St. Louis and Nashville.
If I lived in the West, I'd be pissed too.
If you're not happy about this, call or email Mr. Paul Kirk Jr. See the link for what seems to be some contact info for him. I emailed him the following:
You and the Commission on Presidential Debates had a chance to do the right thing. You had a chance to face our nations' challenges and shortcomings squarely in the face by putting at least one of the four presidential debates for 2008 in New Orleans.
Instead, you and your comrades gave aid and comfort to the enemies of our nation and world by choosing head-in-the-sand locations like St.Louis and Oxford.
To be clear: the enemies of our nation and world are complacency, arrogance, and negligence. Today, those qualities won. Integrity and truth-seeking lost.
I am disgusted with my country today because of your poor choice. I will get over
it, but I will not forget what you have done.
In effect, you are no better than the failures at FEMA who left us abandoned when the levees failed. You are no better than the criminally negligent people at the Army Corps of Engineers who gave us the levees that failed in the first place, and who continue to lie to us today.
I hope that one day you understand the serious mistake you have made.