Wow, I really hope they do this. The National Review has an idea:
But symbolism will matter too. 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.
You can't make this shit up. That's the best thing I've ever heard. Yes, hold a republican convention in a city that's two-thirds African-American that was destroyed as a result of a republican incompetence, callousness, and veiled racism. I'm sure that'll go over well with the locals. Please, hold a republican convention in New Orleans, the city that was destroyed by God, some republican allies believe, for its gays and abortionists.
Critics will call it a transparent attempt to burnish the party's image after the Bush administration "failed" with the initial relief effort. The gesture would, however, reflect the genuine sentiment of Republicans who, like all Americans, want to help a city facing such a bleak future.
I don't know guys. The genuine sentiment of republicans, I believe, is more along the lines of one your party's most powerful men, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert:
It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's 7 feet under sea level.
Or if not Rep. Hastert, at least the National Review's own Jonah Goldberg:
Lots of readers ask why national taxpayers should be asked to foot the bill for the reconstruction of New Orleans. I think that is a perfectly legitimate question[...] There are real issues of federalism and fairness when it comes to asking Americans to spend untold billions on the reconstruction effort.
Man, those are some compassionate motherfuckers, those republicans, and some genuine fucking sentiments to go along with them.
Hold your convention in New Orleans in '08, republicans. I'll buy your fucking plane tickets.