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. Andre R. Newcomb

    One of the 1st things they did was to approve the Platform . . . WITHOUT DEBATE. good luck!
    Andy. of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Adam, Colorado

    The democrats are just trying to unite the party the first night of the convention, so just chill out. Starting with Michelle Obama, the message will evolve to that of change and something different. Obama/Biden 08.

    P.S. Can't wait to see the creaky old farts at the RNC

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. peter barber

    PLEASE,PLEASE turn off the Sound from the Floor meter.It is absurb,inappropriate and inaccurate.What are you thinking??

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

    Quite frankly the Democratic Party has done very little lately which has been correct. Why on earth would this convention be an improvement on most anything they have done. Will I vote for Obama? – no way. He is arrogant and ill informed – real simple in my book. Oh yes, I am a registered Democrat – have voted for a party other than the Donkey or Elephant and I can do so again. This is a travesty. While I had some concerns re Hillary, she should have gotten the nomination and my vote would stay with the Democratic Pary. Oh well.

    August 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Alex, Omaha NE

    Okay, I'm a Dem as well (seriously, I am), and I think they should have put all the people nobody knows at the front, and put the heavy hitters toward the end. That's not political, that's just basic speech planning.

    August 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Betty

    Chuck – shut your hearing aid off, have another drink and go to sleep. I know you.

    You are the pits. Now stop it. You're an old fool too. B3

    August 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. 17 year old future politician

    Wow...Kennedy did an amazing job...he is a TRUE person behind the well-being of all people, not just Americans. Anyone who says otherwise is senseless.

    August 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. samiam

    The only change I want is the GOP out of the White House!

    "Uncle Ted" is a hero! What courage.

    August 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Beavis from Montana

    "'make Washington bigger' Democrats."

    Let me see. Which Party controlled the White House last time the budget was balanced and we had a surplus. Oh right, it was the Democrats.

    The myth of the Republican "fiscal conservative" lives on.

    I'm Beavis from Montana and I approved this message.

    August 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. TheLeftNut

    Castellanos who?

    August 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Steve

    Who got us into this IRAQ mess??? Does it really matter how the DNC goes??? Who really cares at this point. Fresh air will arrive once Bush finishes his term whether it`s Obama or McCain

    August 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Anna

    He has GOT to outline what he means by CHANGE.
    His rhetorical (though inspiring) speeches suggest nothing to demonstrate his plan to change Washington, the platform on which he has won the primary!
    They just mirror what every Convention (Dem/Rep) every four years has said when the incumbent President is not one of their own..."we are different and better than the guy there now".

    Come on!!
    His empty message combined with his scanty voting record is just outright scary, and I have been a Democrat nearly all my voting life!

    August 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Jimmay

    "considerably farther left of center than mainstream America."

    Just keep telling yourself that. The old "silent majority" argument; as entertaining and sad as Don Quixote.

    August 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. ME IN FL

    This is one of the most boring conventions that I have seen!!! And what change are we talking about??? I have seen none yet.

    August 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    It most certainly be the highlight of the evening followed very close by Michelle Obama's. The highlight of the Convention will be Senator Obama's speech – please believe me.

    Remember Bill, all the negatives are coming from Republicans who don't have anything good to say about the Democrats. Hi Repubs you convention is coming soon and we will do the same thing to you guys but better!

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. TheDude for President

    You're right Dude.

    Obama doesn't care about us Dems closer to the middle.

    What should I do Dude?

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. Jerry

    Hey look at us, the cons and repubs, we actually believe that if we convince America that the libs are liars, then that will make all the lies we have told for eight years not count. So there. McCain could not win this election if he was given 49 of the states with Alaska the only one remaining. He represents what America is sick of seeing...some old, greedy, golden spoon fed politician trying to relate....please. Is he really trying to connect to us with his...er uh his wives 7 homes?

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Realistic

    What, like the Bush Administration's hot check economic policy of borrow, borrow, borrow and grow the government ever larger?

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. Mike

    The dummycrats continue to be their own worst enemy. McCain will shoot up in the polls even MORE (he's winning in most polls) after this convention of missteps is over. Too bad Sen. Kennedy may have to go out with his party in such a shambles.

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. kennywest

    Somebody tell McCain to stop going up and down on his toes when he speaks, he looks like an idiot.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Gregory Downes

    Again CNN = CON

    Why are you all so professionally negative?

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. scott

    How conservatives continue to say Dems want bigger gov't after the first 6 years of Bush and a Repub. congress grew the gov't and our budget debt is an insult to american intelligence. Americans are tired of the repubs on the national and state levels. Georgia is a mirror image of the US problems minus the war under the first Repub. governor in 200 years. Just happenstance?

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Bob

    Obama has always been in the core of this leftist group. Make no doubt about it, "Change" has always equaled more taxes, more government, less personal responsibility and less freedom!

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. joel halpern

    Well that's the majority of the Democratic party so of course a lot of the speakers are going to represent those values. Just like most of the speakers at the Republican convention will be blood suckers. Here's some news. People today decided to base their opinion of Barack Obama on who he actually is.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Appleblossom

    Strange, considering all the other people speaking besides Speaker Pelosi and Senator Kennedy, I would think that the author would not be so incorrect. But then he is an opposition partisan.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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