Like I said, I don't think they had much of a choice in the matter; I just wonder what McCain and Palin traveling to the region will accomplish.
An interesting point: no matter how the response to the hurricane goes, if the convention continues to be disrupted, this represents a gigantic loss for the Republicans, for we all know that a big part of the convention lies in defining your opponent for the public who is watching. I think we all know that there were plenty of attacks on Obama's experience and associations lined up, and we've been hearing for months that the RNC was going to use them to the best effect they could.
Now, that's all gone. All those millions of people who would have tuned in to hear Obama's problem, won't hear them. Even if it reflects well upon McCain, the attack on Obama will not be given out. It will represent wasted money and time on their part. It gives Obama the ability to draw his convention 'bounce' out much further then it otherwise would.
No matter how you slice it, it represents a real turn of bad luck for McCain and the Republicans. They will have the ability to try and pivot it for advantage, but it isn't going to be a net positive.
My guess is there will be a lot of whining about this bad luck in the next two months by the Republican party.