August 25th, 2008
08:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: A delicate balance for Democrats

DENVER (CNN) – Republicans are trying to portray the Obama campaign as a cult of personality. All conventions have elements of hero worship — but they have to be very careful not to go overboard this year, because that would play into Republican criticism.

The one thing they will need from somebody at this convention is a powerful speech that talks about what George Bush has done to this country. The problem they face is that over the course of the summer, the election became a referendum on Barack Obama. That’s a problem. He can win if it is a ref on Bush. It would be that if Bush or Cheney was on the ballot — but they’re not. We’re going to be looking for this convention to try to make Bush and the Bush record the central element of this campaign — and tie McCain to that record.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Briana M

    Bring up what should be the biggest issue. The War. Our men and women are dying and will continue to die if McCain is in office. Put up some names faces and stories. Not just the number 4,000.

    August 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    Bill–are you still the front runner for Obamas press secretary or is Gergen ???

    August 25, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Marge Hibbing Mn

    She sure has. How in the world after reading that thesis she wrote will they ever think she is nothing more than a racist. How in the world after making the remark she was not proud of this country til her husband was annoited as the candidate.

    How is she going to convince people that she was so stupid as to not know that her and obama's reverend was not a racist against white people. That she did not absorb the rants and raves against white people he preached each and every Sunday, that she and obama listened for twenty years.

    Oh heck yeah she has a tough job. And only the brain dead are gonna believe her.

    August 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. LORENZO

    CNN'S coverage so far is very tiring and exhausting...and not in a comprehensive way. Switch to PBS for a much better, honest and behind the scenes coverage. The annoying blurbs on the bottom and excessive graphics block the real news and sights. PBS plays it in full screen without ticker and roll bys. Leave the analysis to PBS and skip cnn this time !

    August 25, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. No More Obama! 2008!

    Hey CNN, stop deleting my comments before they even post! Are you afraid of someone not for Obama?

    August 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    this WILL happen, and joe biden is just the man to do it. we are ALL so sick of the lies, slanders, misinformation, CHEATING of the republicans. i dont even beleive it's close, there's no way that many people can be stupid enough to vote for a grumpy old man who has sworn allegiance to the COMPLETELY FAILED policies and poltics of the worst administration in us.s history! and if there are that many idiots, can you please sell me the list cuz i have a green field full of beautiful unicorns i'd like to sell them.

    August 25, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. No More Obama! 2008!

    They should put up the faces of the 3K that died in 2001 and then note the fact we haven't had a terrorist attack here since.

    If Obama is elected, I expect that trend will reverse itself.

    August 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Anne

    Invesco is not going overboard?

    August 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. joe m

    in the end, bush is not mccain any more as obama is not carter, as some republicans suggest. to tie obama's campaign to this line of attack can eventually injure obama and the democrats. some may begin to percieve that while talking about change, obama has allowed his campaign to resort to the typical tactics of washington politics to achive victory. for some of obama's supporters they may prefer to see this convention as referendum about obama and his vision.

    August 25, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. David Peter

    I really hope Obama uses his new powers as president to restore justice back into the executive branch, by bringing high treason charges down upon the entire Bush administration (send em all to the gallows).

    If Obama can make this promise to America, he would win by landslide. Either way, he will still win!

    August 25, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. C from Texas

    Sorry Dems, McCain is not Pres. Bush, two different people with two different view points. Keep on trying, the people that know McCain knows this. Tell me when Bush has every went against his party or when he has ever cross the Dem line to get something done.

    See the Different? a lot of other people do.

    Now tell me something that Obama has done since he's been in office........right...NOTHING.

    McCain '08

    August 25, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. BK

    Obama thinks he is the messiah and anything he tells his followers they will believe. They can't think for themselves.

    The war is ending no matter who wins the presidency. So that will be a non issue.

    Obama not only knows nothing about foreign policy. He knows nothing about the economy and how it works. He has never run anything and his vp hasn't either. An empty suit.

    August 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Hillary Clinton Supporters: Remember that a vote for McBush is a vote for our youth to fight wars for the next 100 years, Be careful, the DRAFT is coming for a loved one near you!
    Democrats unite for our future!

    August 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Gayle

    McCain = DRAFT
    Be careful, the draft is coming for a loved one near you!

    August 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Phat T. Bui

    A delicate balance ticket ! really? Biden was an Ex-Con, Obama is a Con Man, put them together, the democrat party finally has a complete (potential)criminal ticket.

    August 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. BK

    This Dem convention has been boring, a lot like Obama all hoop la and no substance.

    August 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. B. Smart

    PUMAS = REPUBLICANS IN DISGUISE.

    August 25, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Michael

    Obama is desperate to run against Bush becasue he can't beat McCain. Anyone who knows anything about McCain knows he is not another Bush. Won't work. But they can waste their time trying, just makes them look foolish to anyone who knows anything about McCain.

    August 25, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. wiser

    The American Idol candidate, how sad. No experience, just razzle dazzle.

    Democrats for McCain!

    August 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    "Have Dems Botched convention so far?" – nice balanced reporting CNN....

    August 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Obama 08: 60, female, white!!

    All you guys do is tear down and pontificate to hear your own voices. Do you kniow how boring your coverage was for the 15 minutes I watched it today....repetitive....trying to catch people up...negative...actually thinking that you are great minds that have actually added something to the political dialogue or have in anyway helped move this country ahead......Time for a change in America's media!!

    August 25, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. CHUKWUMA NWACHUKWU

    I THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE PLAYING INTO THE HANDS OF THE REPUBLICANS AS THEY DID IN 1999 WHEN AL GORE TRIED TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM BILL CLINTON. RESULT: HE LOST AN ELECTION THAT WAS HIS TO TAKE. OBAMA CANNOT AFFORD SAME MISTAKE

    August 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. aware

    The referendum is on Barack Obama, and he is Bush 2 Ultra.

    Obama wants to be "the decider," and he has the naive arrogance to present his far left-wing Liberal ideology with the smug certitude of Barack Obama infallibility! :(

    Come back to earth and vote for John mcCain 08. He is in touch with mainstream America! :)

    August 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Texas Witch Twister

    GEORGE BUSH HAS DONE NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THIS SCOUNDREL OBAMA GETS ELECTED. THEN WATCH AMERICA BECOME A THIRD WORLD NATION OVERNIGHT.

    August 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. No Socialist, NY

    No way, McCain is no Bush. Too bad though, Presidant Bush has done a great job protecting us from terrorists. I hope whoever gets in has the good sense and courage to do the same. I'm not voting for Obama; if he can't use diplomacy he'll use appeasement.

    August 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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