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. Shamaika

    John McCain should step down. I just know Obama will win. It's time for a change. I just believe

    YES WE CAN

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. KW, Vail AZ

    Please find something other than the same old tired "Liberal, liberal, liberal, to try to scare the American public with. Your beloved Ronald Regan and George W. Bush made government bigger than all previous Democratic administrations combined. Its time to try something new.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Barry Baker

    Does the pro-Republican crowd know that the networks are not broadcasting tonight? How many "independants" do they think are watching?

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. John from LA

    DNC missed the boat BIG TIME this election!!!-BHO and HRC should've gone to the floor-would've been fun to see some blood letting!-BUT DNC anointed this candidate! as did the media-Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head today when he spoke out!-media has cuddled up to BO and they're not reporting any longer!

    August 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    "Have Dems Botched convention so far?" – nice balanced reporting CNN…. CNN's best political team apparently is not the best political team – it's simply all that CNN could muster...

    August 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Chris

    I especially love it when Republicans use the big government argument. Amazing how we are still considered "make Washington bigger" Democrats when the government has had its largest growth in decades under the Bush administration, Department of Homeland Security for example. Nevermind the fact that 90% of our national debt has come from the last 3 Republican presidents.

    But I guess that's all you've got when you can't attack our strong policy positions. Take McCain for example, all he is able to do is complain about how popular Obama is and has made no effort to attack Obama's specific policies.

    August 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Robert

    Those in the picture are some of the worst and decisive politicians in the country.

    August 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Rob

    wait till the Gop has theirs-A snore and a half. Old white men that can't even smile. Oh and Condie Rice with her plastic surgery smile .

    August 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Democrat for Hillary

    Snorefest!!! Something has to happen soon--make me feel the emotion I felt for McCain at the Saddleback forum. I am undecided but leaning toward McCain. I will watch this convention and see if they can sway my heart and mind.
    Jenn Framingham MA

    August 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Scout

    Quit Complaining – want another 4 years of a Bush administration?
    Be careful what you wish for!

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. JCA

    Hmmm – Millions of Dollars on conventions while the economy is struggling...

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Candace Carlton

    What kind of a title is that? Why not have the Dems beat their spouses enough tonight? Come on even a partison hack can do better than that.

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Marc Fredson

    can't anyone let anyone have a few minutes of joy? i log in to the cnn web site, looking for coverage of my party's convention, and one of the first things i see is a question about whether our convention has been botched literally hours after it's begun. come on, cnn.

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Corey

    The Democratic Party is a joke and will continue to be a joke until they realize that their party is out of touch with America. The fact that this is even a race, shows how bad the Dems really are. There is no way that with a president as unpopular as Bush, in a war that has lost public support and the economy failing miserabley that the Dems should not be winning walking away but they aren't. How that is not a wake up call to Democrats, I don't know. However, this is the same party that just gave a man a standing ovation who should have been rotting in prison for the last 50 years. Seeing Ted Kennedy is sad indeed.

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Carol

    I find it interesting that you bring up the "make government bigger" theme to tag on to the Democratic Party. The expansion of government under the Republican Bush administration has been bigger than anything I've seen before. He's created more government-funded industry than any president yet. You can see it in the expansion and development of the D.C. area in both Maryland and Virginia. It's probably mainly in Homeland Security work. Either way, it's being funded by taxpayer money whether or not the "consultants" are government employees. For the most part this happened under the Republican-controlled Congress.

    August 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Ed

    Liberal?? No. This is far left looney whacko night.

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Fred C Dobbs

    Ted Kennedy's speech a highlight? It just demonstrates how liberal CNN has become.

    There is a certain place waiting down below for Ted Kennedy!

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. prairieguy

    CNN you and your other crappy MSM is why I am watching the convention on C-SPAN...so I don't have to listen to you crappy pundits and can judge for myself!!!!!!

    Your ticker tonight is as bad as your coverage!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Not for McSame

    Give me a friggin' break CNN. Who gave this guy a platform? From a former Bush voter, no way will I vote to continue the Republican's destruction of America.

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Linda of Atlanta

    Alex Castellanos has no business posting on here. He spews lies about everything Democratic. CNN is just degenerating daily with its zeal to defeat Barack Obama. You are digging a hole for Obama, but you better dig two because many of you will fall first.

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Obama, Kennedy, Pelosi, Carter and the Junior Jackson are all so far left of center they're about to topple right over the edge and totally out of reality. They're just as irrational and radical as the extreme far right. Same tune....different words.

    Obama will not get my vote....he's just another ultra-liberal Carter or McGovern, but with less experience. Fortunately, McGovern lost the 1972 election. Unfortunately, Carter won in 1976 and dam near destroyed the country.

    As a centrist/moderate, I was for Clinton. Now I am going for McCain. He's the only viable choice that's left.

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Don

    May the scales fall off thine eyes!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Stitchbird

    You call these Democrats old school big governemnt? Get over yourself. This Republican administration is nothing but big government or, more accurately, big-profits-for-cronies- government.
    A real and badly needed change in America WOULD be adopting to progressive democratic values. We have seen it swing so far the other way, even in the Democratic party. Go Ted! Go Biden! Promise the people something and deliver. I thought Obama was going to stay in the center. I'm happy to see that Carter is speaking at the convention. He is one of the USA's greatest presidents and greatest men.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Eric

    Isn't this CNN? It appears that I have accidentally stumbled on the FOX site.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Squigman

    Here's a more relevent question. Does CNN suck? The answer is yes.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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