The GOP and Magical Thinking

Can anyone think of a time when the Obama’s went on vacation and the right wing didn’t go apoplectic over, “OMG, POTUS is on vacation while __________ is happening!” This time you can fill in that blank with the Baton Rouge floods. Here is Trump from Louisiana today:

While speaking with volunteers at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, north of Baton Rouge, Trump said, “The president says he doesn’t want to come, he is trying to get out of a golf game.”

Others were equally critical.

“I heard he wants to stay under par while we are under water,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and Trump supporter, who was in attendance.

Never mind that the Governor of Louisiana would rather that the President NOT visit right now.

He said a visit from Obama, which would require heightened security and road closures, would be a drain on resources as the state still works to respond to the flood.

“Quite frankly, that’s not something I want to go through right now,” Edwards said. “I would just as soon he wait a week or two.”

Instead, the administration actually has people on the ground who are helping.

On Thursday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson traveled to Louisiana to meet with Edwards, visit shelters and view flood-affected areas.

“The federal government is here, we’ve been here and we’ll be here as long as it takes for this community to recover,” he said.

Federal Emergency Management Agency head Craig Fugate came to Louisiana earlier this week.

Edwards, a Democrat, said that those trips, plus near daily communication with the White House, has shown that the flooding is a priority for the federal government.

Assuming that a presidential photo-op would make things better in Baton Rouge is very similar to the Republican notion that simply saying the words “radical Islam” is how we defeat ISIS.

But then it should come as no surprise that a party that rejects science, assumes they create their own reality and has no real interest in governing would engage in magical thinking.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.