Hurricane Gustav has done more than just put a dent in the Republican's party. The surging storm has also complicated a large-scale counteroffensive by Democrats eager to define John McCain as the second coming of George W. Bush. The Democratic National Committee has set up a command center for launching attacks on the GOP ticket-dubbed the "More of the Same" Center--in a labor hall across the street from the Xcel Center in downtown St. Paul. The idea is to be right in the center of the action. "In Denver, the Republicans were a mile
away," Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the DNC crowed. "We couldn't be closer if we were part of the convention program."
But the center has been calmed by the storm; Democrats worry that Gustav's approach would make their planned assault appear unseemly. A DNC rally scheduled for Monday to "welcome George Bush and Dick Cheney to St. Paul" was canceled and other events may be scratched.