It didn’t start the way it was supposed to, but the Democratic National Convention is now officially under way.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and not Debbie Wasserman Schultz, dropped the hammer shortly after 4 p.m. to gavel in the convention.
Wasserman Schultz, as you surely know by now, was waylaid by a scandal over hacked Democratic National Committee emails that shows no sign of easing.
Democratic Party officials hoped that by having Rawlings-Blake lead the opening will keep the focus tonight on First Lady Michelle Obama. They’re probably hoping that focus is thereby less on Bernie Sanders, who also speaks tonight.
And don’t forget, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, speaks at 6 p.m.