MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* We’ll have a better sense of the damage tomorrow, but the AP reports, “Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana’s fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds Monday, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans that raised hopes the city would escape the kind of catastrophic flooding brought by Katrina three years ago.”

* Waves reportedly went over the levees, which is better than breaching them.

* The hurricane, Paul Krugman explained today, underscores the fundamental issue of ideology and government competence. It’s a point Alan Wolfe explained very well in these very pages.

* Both sides of the aisle were supposed to back off attacks today, in light of the storm. Karl Rove, however, can’t help himself. Stay classy, Karl.

* Despite the limited schedule this evening, the Republican National Convention began this afternoon in St. Paul.

* Have you heard about the reported raids associated with the convention? Glenn has a disconcerting report.

* Cindy McCain and Laura Bush are scheduled to speak to the convention today.

* The AP must be hearing quite a few complaints about Ron Fournier.

* Lindsey Graham forgets that John McCain hasn’t shown up for his day job in months.

* I have a hunch the McCain campaign wanted to get out as much bad news about the Palins as possible on a day when a hurricane reached U.S. shores.

* I finally have something in common with the president — neither Bush nor I find John Bolton credible.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.