ST. PAUL (AP) — Democrats in town to staff an aggressive "war room" operation during the GOP convention have instead laid down their arms as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast.

Republicans announced a dramatic rewrite Sunday of their convention script. So, Democrats are responding in kind.

A small squadron of Democratic aides had prepared for an aggressive war room operation to offer the Democratic counter-convention narrative.

The Democratic effort follows an aggressive week by GOP operatives in Denver.