Ted Kennedy's Appearance Packs Convention Center

09/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For most of Monday's DNC program, delegates and observers casually streamed in and out of the main hall to chat or pick up drinks. As a result, enterprising journalists could sneak into unoccupied seats.

But when Sen. Edward Kennedy took the stage, the food stands emptied out, and the stadium was filled to the rafters. Thus, this was the best view I was able to snag.

Still, the long-distance view was valuable in one respect: the impact of Kennedy's sway over Democrats was in full view.

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