August 25th, 2008
11:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Carville: Dems wasting first night

Carville says the Democrats are hiding the party's message.
Carville says the Democrats are hiding the party's message.

(CNN) - Have the Democrats wasted the first night of the convention?

Yes, says Democratic Strategist and CNN contributor James Carville.

Speaking on CNN, Carville said the party was too soft in its attacks on John McCain Monday night - the same mistake, Carville says, Democrats made at the 2004 convention.

"The way they planned it tonight was supposed to be sort of the personal - Michelle Obama will talk about Barack Obama personally, Ted Kennedy was a very personal, emotional speech," Carville said. "But I guarantee on the first night of the Republican Convention, you're going to hear talk about Barack Obama, commander-in-chief, tax cuts, et cetera, et cetera."

"You haven't heard about Iraq or John McCain or George W. Bush - I haven't heard any of this. We are a country that is in a borderline recession, we are an 80 percent wrong-track country. Health care, energy - I haven't heard anything about gas prices," Carville also says. "Maybe we are going to look better Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But right now, we're playing hide the message."

Carville also said the party needs to do a better job of communicating its message to the American people.

“If this party has a message it's done a hell of a job hiding it tonight, I promise you that," he said.

soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. sacto joe

    As usual, Carville has his head up his ashtray.

    Michelle Obama just hit it out of the ballpark!

    It is, literally, a WHOLE NEW BALL GAME!

    August 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Michelle Obama just got my vote!

    August 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Did we see the same show?

    August 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. james

    Tell Carville stop hating

    August 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Frank, MO

    Why did Carville crawl out from under his rock ?

    August 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Willy

    Ms. Obama say 18 Million cracks? What a way to thank the Hillary voters...

    August 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Dan J

    We learned nothing new. No substance.

    August 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. voter

    carvile it is people like you that continue to divide this country. When Clinton came to become president, it was time to do something new. Just like the dems gave him a chance to revitilize the party why can't you do the same for Obama. Instead you critize along with the republicans because you believe the clinton's should always be in charge. Nothing in life is given to you on a silver platter or entitled to. Hillary lost fair and square. Either be quite or help out. stop complaining.

    August 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Betty

    You people at CNN are starting to get on the last nerve I have left.

    Why don't you INVESTIGATE why McWarmonger sent his wife to Georgia to meet with his friend that started something that would benefit his run for presidency – THAT's what you all should be FEARING!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Haris

    Although I rarely agreed with Carville, I must agree and concede that is has a good point. They dems needs to be more agressive against John Mccain.

    August 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. barry c

    in one word yes...but good job to michelle obama tonight....what a great job she did....blame Obama for the rest of the evening's missteps...

    PUMA

    August 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Dale Ulbrich

    We're hearing a lot of commentary and not a lot of the convention speakers on CNN coverage – I tuned in to hear the speakers with some commentary, not spin spin spin with speaker soundbites. You say that the dems waisted the first night, perhaps, I couldn't tell by watching CNN.

    August 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. DocReal

    It was a fantastic and historic night. Ted Kennedy and Michelle Obama were riveting.

    No, this was pitch perfect.

    August 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. BrooklynDodger

    I actually heard those themes, but they were mentioned as things that we are seeking to address rather than failures of the Bush Administration. To start with an attack makes the Democrats look weak and nervous about McCain. They are trying to go back to the message of what can be done to restore America's greatness. I'm sure the barbs will be sharpened throughout the week in a crescendo-like fashion.

    August 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. Anthony

    ATTACK?
    Why is this country sooo enthralled with attacking?

    August 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. Marc

    James, I agree. The message is being hidden.

    August 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Kevin,FL

    I can't Help but agree Mr Carville I bet Clinton would have done things differently

    August 25, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta

    JAMES CARVILLE HAS BEEN AROUND HILLARY AND THE REPUBLICANS TOO LONG. . .IT'S RUBBING OFF!

    MICHELLE OBAMA '08-'12

    August 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Betty

    Another poster gave us the hint – NPR is not biased toward CLINTON and REPUKES like CNN and FAUX

    Go to NPR

    August 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. mashawnda

    I believe you are right...and wrong. Tonight was the first night, and I am sure that as days two, three and four come along-we will have nailed the message that Barack is the best canidate. I am very sure, that if anyone else had been running the convention strategy would be the same-not just because its Obama.

    August 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. Denise

    Carville, shut up!

    August 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Dhane Benjamin

    What on God's Green Earth is Carville talking about?! I was thrilled!

    August 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. WeLuvObama

    James Carville needs to get some where andsit down. I am so sick of him all night trying to interject Hillary Clinton into every interview segment. This is not about Hillery – Get over it! Hillery has already made a big mess that she can't even control now. Tonight was great!!!!!!! Go Michelle – you brought it home Girl!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Karen - Canada

    Mr. Carville.. It will get down and dirty soon enough. Let us enjoy some civility for at least for a day.

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

    Carville and CNN are losing credibility. Period
    Nganenu

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