And so it ends tonight.
Hurricane Isaac, which came into this world as Tropical Storm Isaac is once again Tropical Storm Isaac as it ravages the Gulf Coast, but only at an 8 m.p.h. clip, and, thankfully, sparing New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
After pushing the Republican National Convention's start date back a day, Isaac graciously allowed the GOP party to carry on, giving voice to Mitt Romney's wife Ann, Utah congressional candidate Mia Love and vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
You know the drill. Scheduled events begin at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7 p.m. ET. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his third wife Callista speak during the 7 p.m. hour, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 p.m., the so-called "mystery speaker" at 9 p.m. and, finally, the Mittster at 10 p.m.