So, add to the list of calamitous republican misfortunes hurricane Gustav - disrupting their national convention, reminding people of Katrina - right?
Not so fast.
Consider this: the Dems consistently strongest indictment against McCain - he represents "Bush's 3rd term"..."too close to Bush/Cheney", etc.
And this kiss-of-death political relationship could not but be underscored and magnified by President Bush and VP Cheney scheduled appearances at the Republican Ntl Convention.
Damning Dilemma for the republicans: you can't live (i.e. win) with Bush & Cheney, but neither can you live without (i.e. disinvite) them at this week's national convention.
This Meteorlogical Marvel strikes with timing such that the Republicans certainly cannot safely indulge in the usual silly convention conventions, right?
Too bad for the Republicans?
A BLESSING FOR THE REPUBLICANS.
Now, the one thing John McCain needed but couldn't have openly wished for (and could never have attempted to pull off) - both Bush & Cheney Not appearing at the RNC - is going to happen...instead a touchy-feely tribute to the hurricane victims...and the McCain and the Republian Party will look good and humane and hurricane-sensitive in the bargain!
And thus does John McCain, his new running mate, and his party get to present to the nation the face they party they Wish to send - not the one the apperance of Bush & Cheney would box them into sending.
Any weeping being done by Republican Strategists over the loss of Bush & Cheney is Louisanna-specific: CROCODILE TEARS!