In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said the night's event would be "nonpolitical" in nature. The Tuesday schedule for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: "McCain family members and convention participants volunteer to assemble caregiver packs." Apparently no one at Camp McCain got the memo about not going overboard.
The Repubs know that Gustav has sucked up media attention, possibly suppressing a post-convention Obama bounce. (A CNN poll reported a 49-48-point spread for Obama over McCain, while a CBS poll was 48-40.) They also know that McCain cannot match Barack Obama's Invesco Field speech.
Not to worry. The unconventional convention has the Dems playing "me-too." The usually ahead-of-the-curve Obama appealed to his own supporters to donate to the American Red Cross.
Not a bad day for the GOP, considering.
With all that said, members of the Republican Party know that their leadership screwed up. At the California delegation breakfast Monday, former Gov. Pete Wilson hit the big-spending bonanza that occurred when Republicans ruled the White House and Congress, when he said, "We lost the House and the Senate in '06 because we behaved like Democrats."
At his own party's convention, Wilson bashed his party. And it was a huge applause line.