Maybe Republicans are assuming the governmental response to Gustav will be another disaster else why the cancellation of much of day one of the RNC? If they thought the government would respond competently then, seems to me, they could hold a dignified session while pointing out how much better a Republican administration is doing now.
But they aren’t, and they want George Bush nowhere near any of them as Gustav hits. I’m not buying the McCain excuse that he doesn’t want delegates in party hats tooting noisemakers as Nola floods. The Republican cadre tends to be quite disciplined and could simply be told not to do that, with a ban on funny hats and noisemakers on the floor.