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I missed the significance when I wrote up Mike Littwin's column, but this tidbit was there:
If New Orleans could be ready by 2008 for a major convention, and if New Orleans doesn't re-elect Mayor Ray Nagin, who brings up major competence issues of his own, Democrats might not be able to resist New Orleans.I don't think Nagin's re-election would be a showstopper. In fact, you could argue the opposite is true. If Nagin is defeated, he would be the only politician, besides Michael Brown of FEMA, to lose his job due to Katrina, and the GOP could make a big point out of that. But if Nagin wins, especially in the face of a changed electorate, he could argue that the voters have faith in him, and could focus on whatever rebuilding success stories have happened.
But I think the discussion points out the general problem with holding the convention in New Orleans: the past becomes the focal point, and I think the Democrats and their candidate need a convention focused on the future.