DENVER--Political conventions nowadays are as much about capitalism as they are about politics.
AT&T vendors here pass out Chapstick and cup cozies with the company's logo. Delegates wander around in CNN caps. Lanyards for official credentials sport a Qwest logo. Coca Cola tote bags are carried into the Pepsi Center, while entrepreneurs hand out free samples (or sometimes try to sell them).
The Big Tent, where bloggers are spending most of their time, has become a veritable trade show of tech-oriented products and businesses.
Kary and Gerhard Rivera are Denver locals--they're both spouses and business partners--who … Read more