The Republicans are no longer shouting, "Service!" to the strains of "What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love." You see, Gustav didn't turn out to be as bad as they feared; they think that they can get everything in before Hanna or Ike reach landfall and still give George Bush time to get back to the Crawford Ranch and wrestle a dangerous branch.
They should be happy. Not only will they get to start stringing up hapless Dems without reference to the tenuous suffering of Americans (which only gets attention under the threat of natural disasters), but they won't have to pay for VP nominee Sarah Palin's legal defense during an investigation of her firing a guy who refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law back on the Frozen Tundra. The State of Alaska is putting up $95,000 to defend her.