GOP Convention Opens: Party Proceeds Despite Storm Republicans kicked off Mitt Romney's national convention Monday with the banging of a gavel before a smattering of delegates as Tropical Storm Isaac led them to cancel most of the opening-day program.
Small Crowds Attend Republican Convention Protests Protesters blamed Tropical Storm Isaac and a massive police presence Monday for their weak showing at the Republican National Convention. Only a fraction of the 5,000 expected demonstrators actually turned out to criticize the GOP's economic and social policies.

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