August 26th, 2008
07:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Gergen: Off to a faster start, but challenge ahead

Two women cheer at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.

Two women cheer at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.

The second night off the convention is off to a much stronger start than last night. The Democrats are smart to showcase 8 women senators in a row from their party, keeping their appearances short and punchy, and helping to build toward the climactic speech by Hillary Clinton.

This is a fitting way for the party to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the amendment that finally enabled women to vote - and it was literally 88 years ago on this day that the amendment was certified. Republicans will need - and want - to celebrate this occasion, too (Carl Bernstein and I have been wondering privately on the set tonight whether this might point to a surprise choice by John McCain for vice president: Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas. We'll wait and see.)

Watch: It's a convention of funny hats

In the meantime, one question tonight is whether the Democrats can somehow juggle the different emphases of the evening into a single message. After all, this is a night that was officially labeled a night about the economy (the number one issue of the campaign). At the same time, Democrats rightly want to celebrate women. And then, too, a central purpose of the night - especially with Hillary's speech - is to unify the party. How will the Democrats successfully blend these into a single message? Stay tuned.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Darren

    no disrespect but Gergen needs to shut up!
    Reporters are talking through the substance
    Reporters are talking through the substance!!!

    Go to C-SPAN!!!!!!!!

    If Gergen all the other haters would go they would see the issues are being discussed not analysis by pundits.... Show us the "red meat " CNN!

    August 26, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. johannah norman

    PLEASE STOP the constant factoid trivia across the bottom of the CNN screen–It distracts, is boring, adds nothing and takes up a third of the screen!! What is wrong with you? Don't you know we are tuned in for the convention trivia, not YOUR version of TRIVIA!. PLEASE!

    August 26, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Justin Lake

    Jennifer Granholm is on the stage. Thanks for the info & not letting us hear her speech. Now let's hear our panel regurgitate the same crap over again for the tenth time.
    We are so furious at the CNN coverage. Maybe if these talking heads would shut up and let us listen to the speakers there would be a message. The commentators keep saying that nothing is happening at the podium. Well, how about a new concept. Shut up & let the people hear what is being said. I have never watched a convention so poorly televised.

    So all you pundits: SHUT UP !! AND BROADCAST THE CONVENTION!

    August 26, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Archer

    Mmmm. CNN appears to be paying absolutely no attention at all to what is going on at the convention.

    This is just plain weird.

    August 26, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Jan Krause

    I watched CNN's coverage of the convention from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm Tuesday night and I was frustrated because I felt that CNN was choosing what part of the convention we see, who we get to hear and for how long.
    Much of the commentary was about how there was no meat, no spark to get people excited. Well, maybe you should have let us hear Nancy Pelosi – after all she is Speaker of the house. Instead of TELLING us what is good, bad, interesting, etc. Let us see for ourselves.
    Tonight I have been watching on CSPAN and I feel that now I am seeing the actual convention – not through the filter of your coverage, but just as it is. Yes, some of the speakers are a little dull, but I am getting more of a feel for what is really going on, and frankly, they are no more dull than you guys are when you try to fill up airtime with the same questions and observations over and over again.
    I actually feel you are doing a disservice to the voting public. Aren't we smart enough to watch it all and come to our own conclusions?

    August 26, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Sarah

    I constantly hear from CNN about how Obama has some "challenge" or other, or the Democrats have a "challenge", or they're being "challenged" by a pundit.

    McCain and the Republicans apparently don't have challenges. They have nothing they need to prove? They don't have anything they need to show to the American people?

    What a joke.

    August 26, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. In case you didnt know

    I ask you if you are a true Obama supporter or a true Clinton supporter please do not engage in the back and forth on this site…the Repubs have blogger's they pay to cause distention with in the Democratic party…so those Hill people being attacked, it is by a paid repub and fro those Obama supporters the same thing…the repubs are about keeping the status quot, they have the money and resources to try to divide us…dont let them, remember united we stand

    August 26, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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