August 25th, 2008
10:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: It’s a liberal Democratic party tonight

The Democratic speakers tonight are more liberal than mainstream America, Castellanos says.
The Democratic speakers tonight are more liberal than mainstream America, Castellanos says.

Senator Kennedy's speech is going to be one of the highlights of the evening if not the entire Democratic Convention.

But it also demonstrates one of the challenges facing Barack Obama.

Tonight, America is hearing from the national Democratic Party - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former President Jimmy Carter, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, Ted Kennedy, a group considerably farther left of center than mainstream America.

They are not change. They are classic, old school "make Washington bigger" Democrats.

When Obama won the nomination, change ran into the national liberal Democratic establishment. So far, as we can see tonight, the national Democratic Party has won.

Let's see if the Obama campaign chooses to reverse that and regain the mantle of change this week.

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. dustin

    castellanos, your post is called crying with words.

    August 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. kathygeek

    So reminding delegates of party's foundations of success is not in line with a change message.?????

    August 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Alex

    LIBERALS LIBERALS LIBERALS!

    Bias much?

    August 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Lyle

    "Senator Kennedy's speech is going to be one of the highlights of the evening if not the entire Democratic Convention."

    You must be kidding. If this is one of the highlights of this convention, we might as well tune out now. Ted Kennedy's speech was silly.

    August 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Dan

    Gee.. a GOP strategist is talking about the Democrats botching their convention? Who cares what the opposition thinks?

    August 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Joe

    Somehow I get the feeling that no matter what the convention did, this author would criticize. Why does cnn pretend it's news when people do the same old thing?

    August 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Disgruntled voter

    Did anybody actually believe Obama when he said he was going to bring about change?
    Get real America. This is good ol' Democratic politics.
    By the way, I have a bridge for sale:-)

    August 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Bob Thompson

    The DEMS they have selected, except for Biden are radicals. Michelle Obama is the radical. You think hillary was bad, Michelle Obama will be chanting the "Black American Experience". She is always fist bumping or giving thumbs up.

    IT was like she choosen Biden herself!!

    August 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Farakkhan Hussein Obama

    Long live USA.

    Vote John McCain

    August 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Nothing like having a frigging millionaire politician (who wouldn't be here if he weren't able to afford the best health care) telling us that health care shouldn't only be for the rich.

    How many NEW Democrats will speak? We're only seeing OLD SCHOOL white guys, and the children of famous Dems of the 60s.

    Where Oh Where are the NEW DEMS? OH yeah, I see. They are allowed to donate their money, but, they don't have a voice?

    The party is SPLIT!!!

    August 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Betty

    So – they recognize change is needed. We need to get away from that Repuke that keeps dragging up war war war – we need a future.

    And we will have a future – even the old people recognize this.

    The repukes think the past wars is the future. GROW UP –

    Welcome to the 21st CENTURY – not the past !!!!!!!!

    No more war for oil.

    August 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Alex

    Nevermind, I didn't read the "Republican Strategiest" part. It all makes sense.

    Ah change. At least the "liberals" are consistent with a message, change and progress. As opposed to "cower in the corner and be afraid of what I tell you"

    August 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. TheDude

    Under Obama there is no room for more conservative Democrats. Just look at those speaking, look at the way Obama wants to expand government, cut our military, and so on. There is no change here. Only a shift towards the left wing that Obama wants to bring about.

    August 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Robert

    Obama was rated THE MOST LIBERAL SENATOR in 2007...he is the furthest left in the Senate, with Joe Biden #3...that was said today on CNN. When people say Obama is bipartisan, they are lying!

    McCain 08 – Honest, experienced, and has better judgement

    August 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Bob

    Big moment for Sen. Kennedy, no doubt, but I can't help thinking that the Obama campaign is nervously watching....hoping the left doesn't do too much harm this week.

    August 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Betty

    What's with all the republican pundits? Can't CNN understand?

    We are not interested in the Repukes!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. JJ Sabinas

    Sorry, but your memory seems spotty, clearly, if you think this isn't change. Kennedy's speech was a refreshing west wind, harkening a return to civility, to hope and to regard for our fellow Americans. Dare we believe in ideals again, after nearly 35 years of bashing from the reactionary right. This is change all right, and it feels wonderful.

    August 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Jane

    OK - So the question to John McCain was how many houses he had.

    How about you ask how many brothers does Barak has.

    August 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Highlight my butt.

    I agree about the lack of change, but Kennedy is the poster child for career politicians. Change? Don't think so.

    I like Obama, but cripes. He's supposed to be changing things and all I've seen so far is a flashy, expensive convention and an old, white man for VP.

    I was so hoping he was the President who was going to be different. He hasn't even gotten the job yet and already he is cocky and alienating half the party.

    C'mon Obama. Let's get this thing on the right track.

    August 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Karol

    Change – what change? We knew it was all a lie. Biden 30+ years, Ted Kennedy ? aren't they a part of the problem? But then again, he really never realy thought he could change Washington did he – more words from the arrgonat B.O.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Bob Thompson

    First thing Obama did once he won the democratic candiancy was to vote for Bush's spy on Americans without search warrents.

    Its like Obama is for less Constitutional rights for Americans like Bush!!

    Who knows what those Chicago radicals like Michelle will advocate that used for!!

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. lil

    Idont about the rest of you guys but I am enjoying myself.
    nice speech from Sen Kennedy.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Democratic ideology = Nothing more than Socialism. You all cannot fend for yourselves, you need big brother federal government to watch out for you! In other words, you are all failures!

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. scat398

    Hey castaellanos, I'm a republican and I'm voting for Obama. Nice job alienating your own party with war and crappy economic policies that would make real republicans role over in their graves.

    Maybe if you spent less time focusing on Oil Profits and invading other countries you could win back some of us. But no, you'll kill another thousand young men an women to line your own pockets with silver.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Franky

    And......what makes your party??? Last time I checked, the Dems haven't flip-flopped BUT your party(GOP).........you guys have been flip-flopping so many times.....I wonder if there's a name for that???

    I call it the "Republican Liberal Party." Hey, that's according to what your soldiers believe...

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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