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As political gatherings go, you get the feeling they'll be talking about the 2008 Democratic National Convention for years to come. And not necessarily in a negative way, as has been typical of conventions that wind up being memorable.

If you asked a random sampling to name one convention from past history, the unchallenged No. 1 would likely be the Democrats in 1968 at Chicago, because of the riots and police's brutal treatment of protesters.

Yes, Denver certainly has the potential for violence. But after all the preparations and efforts to avoid problems, not to mention the intensive security plans, it's more likely the media focus next week will be on what happens inside, not outside, Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.

If so, the next generation will learn how the party converged on Colorado, intent on giving America its first African-American president with a mandate to change the nation.

They'll talk about nominee Barack Obama creating a magical moment at the end, with 75,000 cheering the speech that commemorates the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" oration on Aug. 28, 1963.

If the convention goes well and Obama pulls that off, the DNC in Denver will never be forgotten.

A week from today, we'll know.

  • Let's hope Denver's memories aren't akin to 1968 in Chicago.

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