If they do nothing they’ll be slammed for callousness and if they do the right thing they’ll be slammed for exploitation, so there’s no reason whatsoever not to do the latter. Oh, except of course that it meddles with God’s plan to help Obama win by wrecking New Orleans.

It’s not just the fringe types like Michael Moore who are advancing that “argument” either, do note.

John McCain and the GOP are considering scrapping political speeches and turning their St. Paul/Minneapolis convention into a “service” program to help victims of Storm Gustav, The Post has learned.

Sources told The Post that McCain himself might visit the Gulf Coast during the week of the Republican National Convention, which begins tomorrow. McCain is not scheduled to make his nomination speech until Thursday.

The contingency plan – a worst case scenario if the storm devastates coastal areas – would turn Republicans into Red Cross-type volunteers who would help collect donations, food and goods to help storm victims.

It’s almost a Category 5 already. Presumably all the speakers will be asked to spend the week around the Gulf and fly into Minneapolis for one day only for their speech, with lots of cross-cutting between the two locations to remind viewers that they have a foot in both places. I doubt they’ll abandon the set pieces altogether since they’re planning to push McCain’s POW experience hard. Let’s just hope he doesn’t oversell it with heavy-handed hurricane analogies. (“Americans are suffering tonight — and I know suffering. After all…”) The one bright spot in an otherwise big mess of bad? It’s ample excuse to cancel Bush and Cheney. Exit question: Should they just postpone it entirely? If so, for how long? The Gulf won’t look much better two weeks from now than it will by next Thursday.