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St. Paul and Minneapolis are now full of Republicans and media with nothing much to do, other than watch TV for the latest updates on the hurricane.

But is this necessarily all that bad for McCain?

The cities look to take somewhat of a hit in the form of cancelled parties, hotel rooms and other types of spending, and the GOP will lose at least one day of free advertising to pitch its message. At risk later in the week is a showcase of Sarah Palin, who needs all of the face time and name recognition that she can get so voters are familiar with he by the time of the debates.

Yet John McCain now has been let loose of the George W. Bush problem — what the president will say and how he will say it. And, if he plays his tone right, he can avoid a repeat of Katrina. There’s talk of the convention taking on the air of a telethon.

Those are the obvious points.

The GOP now can claim that any comparison of Denver to St. Paul is not a fair comparison, especially if the entire convention is nixed. Maybe it will go down as the first time in history where a party has benefited from canceling its gathering — a prospect that would surely get both parties wondering whether the sheer enormity of it all is really worth it.

We’ve all been joking here on replacement events for the networks to cover. Perhaps the Ron Raul rallies?