it certainly wasn't because they gave a tinker's dam about the gulf coast region. no, my thought is- the convention simply fell apart. mccain had to downsize fundraising venues due to disinterest; leading rethuglicans decided not to attend; thousands of protesters (versus hundreds at the dnc) was bound to be an embarrassment; and the death knell to the convention:
mccain's pick of palin
guess the disgruntled feds and rethugs have decided to get even- they are arresting people who haven't done anything but meet in private residences- and arresting people who simply want to document the truth.