First of all, I think that discussing political implications of the hurricane is crass.

But since it’s been started by more important players than me, I’ll play:

For all the claims by Fowler and Michael More that God is on the Dems side, I believe it will be McCain/Palin benefiting from the weather fallout.

Just look at the lineup Gustav preempted from TV:

ST. PAUL, MINN.–What was to have been the Monday GOP convention line-up…
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
First Lady Laura Bush
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)

Not having those reminders of failure in our living rooms? Priceless!

Plus McCain is handling the events pretty well – visiting the affected areas and declaring

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, ordering the cancellation of all but essential opening-day activities as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans.

“This is a time when we have to do away with our party politics and we have to act as Americans,” he said as fellow Republicans converged on their convention city to nominate him for the White House.

Obama OTOH managed to make it about himself somehow again:

“I think we can activate an e-mail list of a couple of million people who want to give back,” he said.

Are we lucky or what?


His Holiness might even drag himself to the affected areas, but only

if it becomes clear that his presence won’t drain much-needed local and state resources.

Be still my heart! Is he taking the temple with him?


And it’s confirmed

Opening Day Is Abbreviated; Bush, Cheney Won’t Appear

Rich Galen, another veteran GOP operative, said McCain is already benefiting from the choice of Palin, which is going over well with the party faithful, and had little to gain from four full days of speeches. “From the purely political standpoint, this gives Republicans an opportunity to demonstrate to people that they have common sense,” he said. “If in fact people are going to suffer horrors, we are not going to be up here in funny hats, dancing and making it like nothing is going on.”

Politico seems to concur:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican officials say their radically curtailed convention offers a big political opportunity for the party to redeem itself on the competence issue — and for John McCain to step out of President Bush’s shadow once and for all.

The storm could paralyze Democratic efforts to hit McCain on several fronts.

“The contrast between McCain’s responsibility and the fanatical followers in the temple of the Lord Obama won’t be lost on everyday husbands and wives trying to meet their own responsibilities,” a Republican official said.