TAMPA, Fla.—You thought Tropical Storm Isaac canceled Day One of the Republican National Convention? Click on the play arrow, read on—and think again.

The storm did give official RNC delegates most of Monday off as organizers canceled most events scheduled here for day one of the quadrennial gathering of Republican delegates gathered to nominate presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The storm barreled into the Gulf of Mexico Monday, passing well to the west of the convention.

Meanwhile, crowds of Tampa-crashers worked hard Monday: Protestors—including two former members of Occupy New Haven—chanted in the streets, entrepreneurs hawked anti-Obama iPhone apps and kids’ books, and the rag-tag Ron Paul army agitated for inclusion.

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