2008 in New Orleans

Here’s an idea that feels hard to resist: Both political parties hold their 2008 conventions in New Orleans, and announce their plans to do so jointly, right now.

“This would be a powerful vote of confidence for the city’s future. It would also indicate a serious bipartisan commitment to disaster recovery for the New Orleans/Gulf Coast region, both substantively and symbolically,” writes Ron Faucheaux, a political consultant and writer with roots in Louisiana, in an email he’s circulating.

Anyway, while Mike is bidding for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, civil libertarians and cops alike might breathe a sigh of relief if we let that one go.