The 2008 Democratic National Convention starts today in Denver, and whether you’re just trying to make up your mind about the candidates or you’re an experienced observer of politics, here are six things that will help you make sense of the convention.
Like most party conventions, this one is going to be mostly dull. Unless you’re a serious political junkie or you’ve got an invitation to a shindig with an open bar, you’d probably have more fun watching the queasy expressions on people exiting the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair.
But while the selection of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president is a given, there is some interesting stuff happening at the convention, with important implications for the next few weeks of the campaigns and Americans’ choice for their next president. Don’t consider this a comprehensive list of what we’ll see at the convention, but rather a brief rundown of a handful of highlights.