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GOP convention: Uncertainty reigns

Even the most scripted political convention planners cannot write the script for Mother Nature.

A massive hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast is creating havoc with plans for Monday’s opening session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

President George Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were scheduled to speak Monday but GOP sources say the storm could alter those plans.

Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is unlikely to speak Monday night. He has said he will not come to the convention unless the California Legislature passes a budget and we know how well that’s going. (It’s not.)

A Caliifornia GOP source says the gavel will come down at 7 p.m. as scheduled. But CNN reports the Republicans may transform the evening into a telethon-type benefit for the victims of Hurricane Gustav. No one really knows what will happen. Stay tuned.

“All we know is what we’re hearing in the news,” said McCain delegate Jill Buck of Pleasanton.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen