It would look bad, period, if Gustav hammered New Orleans and environs while the Republicans waxed ecstatic over John McCain's impending nomination. And it would look especially bad since the current Republican president didn't exactly dazzle the last time a hurricane ravaged the Gulf Coast.
But to make matters even worse for those charged with figuring out whether the RNC should happen or not, the theme for the first day of the convention happens to be "Service." (Four days, four touchstones of John McCain's life and leadership!) As in:
John McCain's commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged
in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his
life. Monday's events will highlight John McCain's record of service
and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater
than one's own self-interest.
Obviously, talking up McCain's record of service while New Orleans drowns again would be ill advised. Stay tuned.
P.S.--As of this writing, Fox is casting postponement as possible, while CNN suggests it's more likely the event would just be revamped, perhaps as a "massive telethon" (!).