Don’t delay the GOP convention. Carry on the convention as planned, but instead of McCain spending any time in Minneapolis, he should post him self in the heart of Gustav’s wake, helping with the relief effort. Don’t spend anytime with reporters, don’t give any staged interviews. Just roll up your sleeves, work with relief agencies and commit himself for a week to the recovery effort. When it comes time to accept the nomination, give the acceptance speech from the area most devastated by the storm and pipe the feed into the convention arena. What better way to counter Obama’s historic night at Mile High Stadium. Turn the unfortunate timing of the storm into a positive by proving you are not the same, clueless leader that Bush is. Champion those who’ve been hit hard by the storm as well as committing to double down on the effort to rebuild N.O..
If McCain doesn’t take my advice, do the exact same thing. While the GOP is lambasting Obama’s character at the convention, he’ll be working in the most hardly hit areas, no press, no bullshit. Just pitching in while the GOP is piling on.