Dem Convention As Psychodrama

09/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So the Democratic convention has been about catharsis.

We've been told that this was what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband, former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton delegates were seeking -- what they came to the Mile High City to get. As if the Pepsi Center needed to be fitted out with more than a thousand analysts' couches -- in addition to Arianna Huffington's meditation-and-yoga oasis just outside the hall.

A lot of us have been wondering for years what function political conventions could possibly serve, now that their nominating role has been turned over to The People -- mainly the people who run political advertising firms and robo-email enterprises. So it's been an exciting discovery that psychological process has filled the void. Let's join the crowd and do some analysis.

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