"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt
Aboard the USNS Comfort, most of this hospital ship's crew bunked down Thursday night thinking they were headed for New Orleans. They didn't know that Trent Lott had other thoughts. As the ship approached the mouth of the Mississippi River, it was turned around. Yesterday afternoon, the crew docked at Pascagoula, in the Republican senator's home state of Mississippi, waiting to receive victims of Hurricane Katrina. The former Senate majority leader had pressed leaders of the relief effort late Thursday night to have the ship go to his state, saying three naval vessels were already in New Orleans and able to meet its medical needs now that so many people had been evacuated. [...] The Comfort is one of two fully equipped acute-care hospital ships in the fleet of the Navy's Military Sealift Command. It has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms and is currently staffed by virtually all medical specialties, assembled from nine Navy medical centers and the volunteer relief organization Project HOPE.