Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Impostors Hack National Review Website!

I'm having a hard time thinking of any other explanation for this this editorial.

Sensing that the Hurricane Katrina aftermath presents a political vulnerability for the Bush administration and the GOP, the National Review Editors propose a solution:
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.

Generally, as my propensity to burp in public reflects, I don't care much about 'good taste.' But, whether or not the Editors' suggestion is in good taste, is it good politics?

This seems like an easy one, even for a novice like me. Uh, no. For, whether or not I care about what's 'in good taste', millions of people tend to get their knickers in a twist about such matters. And, if the GOP were to heed the Editors' advice, such people might wonder why, a week after the worst national disaster in the country's history, the GOP sees New Orleans as a politicial opportunity, not as a disaster zone. Or, worse still, as both.

Ultimately, there might come a time when it would be shrewd to announce New Orleans as the site of a party's 2008 convention. But, not while bodies are still being recovered from the toxic waters that currently submerge the city.

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