I found out that I'm still connected enough to get credentials and managed to get into the hall for the festivities. Caroline Kennedy was superb (just as I'm writing this she walked by with her kids!) and there was not a dry eye in the place during her uncle Teddy's moving speech. As compared with my previous convention perceptions--the national conventions I've watched on TV and the Texas state Dem convention I attended as a delegate--it all seems much more REAL. Sure it's all choreographed, but it's choreographed reality rather than the empty process and glossy infomercial you expect from these events.
Debt, Diversion, Distraction - Please go away.