August 27th, 2008
11:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Bernstein: The convention Obama wants

Obama, is getting the convention he wants, Carl Bernstein says.
Obama, is getting the convention he wants, Carl Bernstein says.

Barack Obama is getting the convention he wants, under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. The convention he is building reflects him and his priorities: it’s thoughtful, not just red-meat; and he’s in surprising control of the message, given the forces he’s dealing with. Indeed, the convention-building and the message may be far more sophisticated and effective than we instant commentators were prepared to discern. Witness the opening night grousing on-air about the convention’s supposed thematic absence, and aversion to instant butchery of the opposition.

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