(1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul, where
he would have given a speech that the media and the Democrats would have
pounced on, and puts him in the eye of the storm, doing the nation's business,
where he will be welcomed and greeted by friendly Republican governors.
(2) Puts the spotlight on those
friendly Republican governors--Haley Barbour, Charlie Crist, and most of all,
Bobby Jindal, (the male Sarah Palin)--who will do their jobs competently, in
contrast with the mess made three years ago by the Democratic governor of
Louisiana, whose performance even at the time was compared unfavorably to that
of Barbour and Jeb Bush, then Florida's governor.
(3) Puts the spotlight especially upon
Jindal, a huge favorite of and rising star in the Republican party, who has the
chance now to prove himself under pressure on a truly huge stage.
(4) Cuts short the hours and hours
of media chatter, which would doubtless have focused on a) how tarnished the
'Republican brand' is in this season; b) the immensely high bar set by Barack
Obama, and c) the immensely strong current the party is swimming against.
(5) Cuts short the exposure given
the 'Republican brand' by cutting short coverage of more conventional (and
boring) Republican figures and boilerplate, and focusing largely on the three
starring figures--Jindal, McCain, and Sarah Palin (the pale Bobby Jindal)--who
are diverse, unorthodox, have cross-over potential, and are decidedly outside
of the box.
(6) Eliminates the danger of a
direct comparison between the oratorical talents of McCain and Obama, as a
conventional acceptance speech will be no longer possible, and anything McCain
says in this context will have its own innate power.
(7) Takes McCain from a setting in
which he's uncomfortable (partisan leader of a partisan army) to one--national
leader rallying a country in crisis--which suits him much better.
(8) Takes the convention from the
traditional role of being an orgy of enemy-bashing to one of national service
(9) Gives fools like former DNC
chairman Don Fowler a chance to wholly embarrass themselves by chortling over
the inconveniences he imagined the storm would inflict on the Republican party.
Watch what you wish for, my friend.