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Gustav May Force RNC to Change Plans

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Word coming out of the Republican National Convention is that Hurricane Gustav may dramatically affect the proceedings to the point of causing the RNC to postpone the event. There is also talk of turning the convention into a massive fundraiser for victims of the storm.

By the sound of it, the Republicans are not going to allow themselves to make the mistake of holding a party while a hurricane smashes the Gulf Coast (can you imagine the Nero allusions?). The Republicans have to be extremely careful with how they proceed. If the storm is as awful as predicted, a quick, poorly televised convention a few weeks from now would be a better option than continuing as planned. It’s not just a matter of competing for media time. It’s a matter of being respectful of a very serious situation as well as making sure Republican leaders, such as President Bush and Gulf Coast elected officials, are where they need to be to provide the leadership that the nation may need.

Hopefully, the storm won’t be anything like predicted. But I’m glad to hear the Republicans are taking the matter seriously. This is awful timing for the Republicans. But if John McCain is going to be president, he’ll have to handle the unexpected. We’ll see what happens now.