Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, just followed Republican presumed presidential nominee John McCain's announcement that Monday's opening events of the Republican National Convention will be minimized to the bare essentials. McCain encouraged his fellow Republicans to take off their party hats and focus on the needs of those threatened by Hurricane Gustav.
Davis said the plans are to do as "much of the program as possible" this week, but couldn't promise anything more than a brief meeting to open the convention. The legal requirements will be met, but anything more than that is unpredicted until more is known as to the seriousness of the hurricane's damage.
They've already cancelled the President and Vice President's appearances this week and McCain's appearance later this week is tentative at this point. McCain said his campaign appearances have been suspended until more is known about the situation in the Gulf region.
The RNC also will be launching a fund-raising effort for organizations serving Gustav victims.
What are you thinking? Is this the right response, or overkill? If it is overkill, should they error on the side of over-caution rather than appear incompassionate?