Rosie O'Donnell

One of the greatest cockamamie Republican ideas in a long time (well, since President Bush's photo op at the pub), the floating G.O.P. on the Hudson during the Republican convention next year, has been killed. Bowing to pressure from Republican strategists as well as Republican leaders (including our own "Republican" mayor), House Majority leader Tom DeLay abandoned the ship idea. A strategist told the Times, "A lot of disingenuous people made a mountain out of a molehill, and DeLay just decided to let the moles win." Yeah, that's what strategists always say, but let's face it, what kind of strategists does DeLay and the G.O.P. have working for them when they can't understand that New York City would like to benefit financially from the convention? Anyway, Times reporter Michael Slackman ends his article with a gem:

In fact, there remains at least one well-known New Yorker planning to take a room on the ship: Rosie O'Donnell. A travel company run by her partner, Kelli Carpenter, has chartered the ship for a gay and lesbian family holiday cruise in July, and Ms. O'Donnell plans to be on board with her children, the company said. we're almost sad that the G.O.P. won't have their own "Boat Trip" on the ship.