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Wow. Give the National Review credit: For cultural traditionalists, they aren't about to let taste stand in the way of political expedience. A week after the worst natural disaster in the nation's history, and what do you know? It's convention planning time!
No single step would go further to dramatize the GOP's commitment to rebuilding New Orleans than announcing now that the party's 2008 convention will be held in the recovering city. Such a move would signal the party's confidence in the Big Easy's renewal, and put it at the forefront of what should be similar commitments from private actors to do their part to help New Orleans come back.
Actually, we can think of lots of single steps that would go further to dramatize the GOP's commitment to rebuilding New Orleans--like for instance, following through on it.
But we don't mean to cavil. Good luck with that guys. Just a couple of pointers: You probably shouldn't be calling it "the Big Easy"--now, especially. And probably not then, either. And while we know that Mary Landrieu probably punches like a girl, we suspect that she'll have a whole lot of company. Finally, if you use the Convention Center, try to get the advance logistics straight on that, OK? -- HOLLY MARTINS
New Orleans 2008 [National Review]