After the ’04 Republican Convention, we’ll be calling them Patakian Backdrops

White House stage manager Scott Sforza better enjoy the attention while it lasts; when the Republican convention rolls into Manhattan next September, er, 1th, they’ll be stumping in front of a George Pataki-crafted backdrop, construction of the foundations of the “Freedom Tower” on the site of the World Trade Center.
What that Tower’ll look like, and even where it’ll be, are still TBD; these are, frankly, irrelevant details. The NY governor doesn’t care what gets built by whom, just that construction starts in time for something impressive to be visible behind the GOP dais. And if it means locking two utterly incompatible architects with diametrically opposed visions in a room until they agree to work together, so be it.