[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/25/art.convention.gi.jpg caption="The convention hall might be fired up, but the TV audience likely isn't ."]The biggest surprise so far is how slowly this convention is getting off the ground. It is clearly pumping up people in the convention hall, but for a much larger national audience - the audience that is so important in November - there has been very little offered so far to rivet people's attention.
Why did Jimmy Carter have no speaking role? Why indeed did Nancy Pelosi not have a far bigger speaking role? She is, after all, the first woman in history to be Speaker of the House.
To be sure, big events are coming tonight - but I am surprised that there has been so little of substance that has been compelling for television.
Let's wait and see how it goes.