August 25th, 2008
07:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Bernstein: The convention's a big story unfolding

A few observations as the convention is about to convene:

This is Barack Obama’s convention. It will have his stamp on it, including ushering the Clintons off center-stage and into supporting roles-however reluctantly.

It is also a Democratic Party convention, with threads of history and some immutable principles since the 1960s-especially regarding civil rights, women’s rights, and a certain perspective on economic issues. The Clintons are (whatever their shortcomings) a big part of that story, especially the successful parts: Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to be
elected twice to the presidency since FDR.

The Clintons-like Ted Kennedy, who will be powerfully present tonight-do not want to see the presidency turned over to John McCain or four more years of Republican policies: remember, they have spent their adult lives fighting against the Republican Right….even to the extent of Hillary Clinton labeling it “the vast right-wing conspiracy.”


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  1. Jim Warner

    Glad you think that is the big story of the convention, unfortunately the polls don't support your prediction. Generic Democrats are polling 10-15 points above generic Republicans, yet Obama is tied with McCain, and we are in the midst of the worst economy since the 1970s. We are also engaged in an unpopular war.

    Obama should be 10 points ahead – and he is not. People have doubts. I don't think he has the mojo to win, it will be another one state loss like past losers Gore and Kerry.

    But that is just my prediction, and half of America's, too.

    August 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    Obama's Convention and the upside down democratic Party, McCain all the way 2008 and Hillary 2012, and the delegates and Party caused the Divide Obamabots not the Hillary supporters!

    August 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. BK

    Boring Boring Boring. You can tell its Obama's convention all hoop la and no substance.

    August 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. dmw

    I am surprised how the media keeps saying the Democratic party is now Obama's party. I do not get it. Obama has not none anything as of yet. He has been in the Senate 3 years; 2 of those years have been spent running for President. Just because the Superdelegates put him over the top does not mean he is the party leader. I do not remember the media saying it was John Kerry's party when he won the nomination.

    I feel a lot of us are bored with Obama because his campaign and the media has made him out to be something he is not...a leader. The man needs ot do something of vital importance, other than being a good speaker and popular with liberals before he is crowned a leader of the Democratic party. Just because he is black and is the Democratic nominee does not mean he is all that... come on, please!

    Until he wins the Presidency and performs in more substantive ways, then he can he be called a leader.

    August 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. wiser

    Senator Obama can not be compared to President Clinton.

    President Clinton was a great leader, who gave us prosperity. He was more than an empty suit!

    Democrats for McCain

    August 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Mike

    I am a life long Republican who must now reluctantly and with disdain. Admit that there is a Right Wing Conspiracy. I am voting Obama as the clear choice over the war monger,Oil Puppet McBush.
    I hope the GOP will do some serious soul searching over the next four years and come back in 2012 with a real candidate of the people.

    August 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. What?

    This is a from a man whom claim he understands and can relate to the voters who are struggling to keep their homes.

    There's also the matter of the McCains' daughter, 23-year-old Meghan. While many 20-somethings are lucky if they get a car for a college graduation gift, Meghan's present for finishing at Columbia University was a $700,000 loft in a hip section of downtown Phoenix.
    A GQ profile of Meghan McCain, whose only job at moment seems to be blogging on her father's behalf, described the loft's interior as looking "like a spaceship furnished by West Elm." Wooden block letters arranged above McCain's kitchen cabinets spell the word indulge.
    One wonders if this is a lesson the young McCain learned from her parents, who, by the way, according to property records, paid for the condo in cash.

    August 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. aware

    No story here Bernstein. It is just a one-act Obama drama in all its boring adulation! 😦

    Vote for McCain 08. He is in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    August 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Berstein where have you been. I for one have not missed you and your hate Clinton comments. CNN I know you will not print this.

    August 25, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. One of the 33 1/3% Who Will NEVER Vote for Obama!

    Yeah, it's an Obama show, which is why it will fail miserably!

    And Ted the Killer needs to shut up unless he's willing to finally admit he's a murderer!

    August 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |