August 25th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Gergen: Time to pick up the pace

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Randi

    HEY NICK – the word is H-O-L-Y, totally different meaning than holly. You're just making me think of Christmas.

    August 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Juli

    I am a Roman Catholic viewer. Catholic Caroline Kennedyl, spekaing at the DNC about her Uncle Teddy (the Swimmer), supporting Barack Obama, a candidate who is Pro-Choice, is in direct contradication to her religious beilefs. However, it may be making her some money in her support of such a treacherous candidate like Mr. Obama, who is not only an inexperienced candidate, but a poor one at best.

    And, oh, yes, Define Change. Thus far, it has not been defined. The Democrats need to find a viable candidate.

    Enjoy the circus!

    August 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Slash Firestorm

    Hey, CNN. The convention isn't meant to get you ratings, it's meant to talk to the base. No one cares if you don't like it.

    August 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. julie

    Oh, please... Give me a break with all the negative bs! The convention has only been underway a few hours and the naysayers are already trying to pan it. Take a pill, people and let the convention get into full swing! We'll kick your Hillary and Republican butts!

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Brian MacDougall

    What's the deal, Gergen? Do you have ADD? This is astonishing. Are you reviewing a movie? "C'mon, let's get to the car chase!" Go see "Dark Knight" if you want to get your adrenaline going, but at your age, are you sure that's wise?

    Let's see what you have to say when the RNC walker crowd takes the stage in Minneapolis. Sheesh. I'm sure the pace of that will be just fine for you.

    PS: Hillary lost fair and square if that's what this is about.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. BrooklynDodger

    People, the point of Day One in the convention is to begin introducing the themes that we'll hear throughout the week. It's not some sophomoric pep rally, despite what we might be used to seeing in the MSM's coverage.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. bobinnewport

    They bothched it when they selected Obama. It is going to be funny when they lose to the repubs in NOV. They should have been able to win this in a landslide.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. tabbitha rae

    There is nothing the Democrats could do to win favor with the TV media. No matter what the Republicans do, TV commentators will claim the Republicans put on a better convention. And the Republicans will whine that the media has a liberal bias.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Rob

    I'm really getting sick of the bias coverage of CNN.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Jason

    Michelle Obama keeps talking about the unity, but the only unity I see is that all the blacks are united to vote against John McCain. Those hypocrits won't get my vote.

    George Bush Sr.
    Bill Clinton
    George W. Bush
    John McCain

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. JAS

    The audience doesn't seemed to enthused by Kennedy. I guess I'm not either. Yawn.

    August 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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