I think many things of Tom DeLay, but I've never thought he was stupid. I have to say, though, I can't understand what he's thinking with this idea.
It is being billed as the perfect place for celebrations during the Republican National Convention next summer, with shows, fine works of art, health clubs, bars, cafes, amazing views, luxury staterooms and restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. And it is just a short walk to Midtown.
But before its visitors can cross a New York City street, they will have to pass over a gangplank. The Norwegian Dawn, a 2,240-passenger luxury cruise liner, has 15 decks, 14 bars and lounges and babbling brooks. But even docked at a pier on the Hudson River, it is not New York City. And, to many critics, that is the point.
The House majority leader, Tom DeLay, would like the ship to serve as a floating entertainment center for Republican members of Congress, and their guests, when the convention comes to New York City next Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.
"Our floating hotel will provide members an opportunity to stay in one place, in a secure fashion," said a spokesman for Mr. DeLay, Jonathan Grella. He did not elaborate.
"In an era of nonstop news and visuals, do you want the visual of the convention to be a group of people sequestered on a cruise ship?" said one Republican strategist, who added that there is a lot of hand-wringing among Republicans in New York and Washington over the plan.
What's even more beautiful about this is that it's all Tom DeLay's idea. Even his point man in New York, Rep. Vito Fossella (R, Staten Island), is backing away from it. And of course, the sheeplike GOP is too scared to criticize DeLay for his Dukakis-in-a-tank scheme. Well, on that score, they deserve what they get.
Keep it up, guys. You're giving the rest of us hope. Thanks to Linkmeister for the catch.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 01, 2003 to Election 2004 | TrackBack