I don’t remember where I read it, but in response to Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, who voted against disaster relief for the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy, a blogger noted that it will be interesting to see how they vote for relief for Oklahoma and how the folks back home react if they vote against any bill that provides assistance for the storms there.
Mr. Coburn is already on the record as being opposed to more aid without taking it from somewhere else (and not liking the pushback he’s getting for that), and Mr. Inhofe claims that aid for Sandy was “totally different” than what happened in Oklahoma.
I seriously doubt that either senator would face any kind of backlash from their constituents. (In the case of Mr. Coburn, it doesn’t matter; he’s retiring.) After all, these are the men the people of Oklahoma voted for, and other than the fact that Mr. Coburn has an easy-going personality and can yuck it up with the Village pundits (whereas Mr. Inhofe has a long history of being a cranky and ornery bastard), they’re both hard-core right-wingers, which is apparently what the people of the Sooner state want to represent them.
It is a testimony to the magnanimity and humanity of the American people that we will still send the people of Moore all the help and assistance they need without question or qualification in spite of the fact that they elect idiots. That is what good people do, and we will not hold the victims hostage.
A monster tornado ripped through southern Oklahoma City and the suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, leaving homes and schools in ruins and fires burning out of control.
There was no immediate word on casualties, but aerial footage showed major destruction: homes in rubble, cars flipped over and crushed, residents milling around in shock or combing through debris.
“A large part of the community has been affected,” Jayme Shelton, a spokesman for Moore, told MSNBC.
A forecaster for NBC station KFOR said the tornado was kicking up a debris cloud about 2 miles wide as it tracked east into residential neighborhoods in the Moore area.
Forecasters said the twister could be an EF5, the most devastating category of storm with sustained wind speeds topping 200 mph and “incredible” damage. The National Weather Service will confirm the storm’s intensity.
Oklahoma City police told NBC News southern portions of the city as well as the Moore suburb sustained “major damage… a lot of damage.”
Two elementary schools were heavily damaged, possibly completely destroyed, KFOR reported. Those schools are Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma City and Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore.
This is the second time the town has been destroyed. In May 1999, a tornado followed the same path.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie caught flack from his fellow Republicans for being nice to President Obama after Hurricane Sandy wrecked his state.
The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he had expected to be celebrated, Mr. Christie was repeatedly reminded of how deeply he had offended fellow Republicans.
“I will not apologize for doing my job,” he emphatically told one of them in a hotel hallway at the ornate Wynn Resort.
His willingness to work closely with the president has cast a shadow over Mr. Christie’s prospects as a national candidate, prompting a number of Republicans to wonder aloud whether he is a reliable party leader.
He’d be the front runner now if he’d let his state drown while flipping off the president.