August 27th, 2008
11:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Bernstein: Convention has come together

The crowd cheers as Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday night.

The crowd cheers as Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday night.

The Democratic Convention has finally come together. It has hit all the big themes, including the Iraq war and national security, just as those issues re-emerge after months of domestic focus.

One of the other things that Barack Obama has had to do is define himself and his family. Watching Michelle Obama throughout this week, I think she has come to be - through this convention, through her own speech, the video of her life - as a real figure and a likable person. I think anybody that couldn't see her in the White House before this convention could certainly see her there now.

You've got to keep thinking about John Kerry and John Edwards four years ago. You know, they left the convention also on a very high note - and of course went on to lose the election.

But this party has come together — three weeks ago, not many would have said you were going to see the Democratic Party on the eve of Barack Obama's speech where they are tonight.

Now it's up to Obama to go into that great stadium with the generals and the panoply of all these folks and pull it all together and be formidable.

That's the real question. Can he be formidable enough?

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Me in Texas

    Yup!!! that's what's going to happen this time too. Sorry Democrats you have select the smart and strong Candidate in order to win.

    August 28, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. Jim in Atlanta

    Bernstein – stop trying to portray yourself as an objective news analyst. You are a biased commentator and your extreme view shows through time after time. You tried to come across as pro Hillary during the primaries because you wrote a shoddy book about her, but you've been for Obama since day one. We can see right through you and your motivations Carl. Americans aren't as dumb as you think they are.

    August 28, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  3. Michael

    Conventions are exciting. They get the voter base fired up which is a good thing. Lots of wild cheering, but that's easy becasue all the speeches are speaking to the chior. But little is done to actually define the candidate, it is a celebration. And for the Democrats unlike in 2000 and 2004 there is some healing that still needs to be done that is not visible to the viewing audience. There are still many really upset Hillary supporters. How many is unclear. Can they be brought back in? Will they present a problem similar to Nader in 2000?

    I do think the Obama people are more excited for Obama than most were for Gore or Kerry. Will it translate in to more votes or just voters who are more excited about who they are voting for?

    The ultimate test that will decide the election is the debates. They will determine who the undecided voters decide for and they are the swing votes that will decide the election. They aren't part of the chior, they need to be convinced. Slogans and bashing the enemy don't win them, substance on the issues does.

    August 28, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  4. Nevada dude

    wrong-i dont think of kerry edwards 04. i think of OBAMA BIDEN 08. dont you get it yet?? its about the future!!! a future full of hope and change and prosperity and PEACE!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  5. Tray In ST. Louis

    Today is a day I will tell my kids about. If you can't take this moment and say we as people have come a long way then maybe you aren't american. Somethings are just to big to find something wrong with and this is one of them. Open our eyes and be proud of who we are and what we can still do!

    May this day God be happy with us.

    August 28, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Texas Witch Twister

    A picture of people at the DNC in a football stadium does not represent a consolidated America. Say no to Obama. Some of Clinton followers will never vote OBAMA.

    August 28, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  7. Me in Texas

    Yup!!! that's what's going to happen this time too. Sorry Democrats you have to select the smart and strong Candidate in order to win.

    August 28, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  8. Hope LV,NV

    Voter, why on earth would you watch Obama if you dislike him so much?
    You should worry that J Mac will P.O.W. his way right out of the presidency.
    Question, Why did you cheat on your wife?
    JM= I was a P.O.W
    Do you think it will rain?
    JM= I was a P.O.W
    What about the economy?
    JM= I didn't have to think about the economy for 5 years, I was P.O.W

    August 28, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  9. Fred

    Party unity... Do you know that this party is uniting behind a man who
    can't even admit at this point he is white also..White mother, black
    father, and a poverty stricken half brother in Africa ....History was not
    made, because a black man did not get the nomination that historical
    nomination that was wanted. He used the people calling himself black
    with the help of Oprah Winfry. Boy did she ope up some doors.
    Well lets see that the more is said about Barack brother in Africa amd
    his white mother was an American, now deceased raised by her parents.
    What ha become of the race he left behind. How proud he must be.
    We are true Democrats and we have seen through the lies. We are
    Hippocrates for John McCain. He don't go around saying he is something
    he's not. Hopefully this makes some since

    August 28, 2008 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  10. Margaret

    I agree with Hope, LV,NV, Senator McCain has being using the "I was a POW line way too much (goodness, even on Jay Leno!!).

    He certainly is not the same man that ran against Bush in 2000.


    August 28, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  11. Paris

    Is anyone even listening anymore? Are we so blinded by the limelight?
    In his DNC speech Bill Clinton said “With Biden’s experience and wisdom supporting Barak Obama’s proven understanding, instinct and insight American will have the national security leadership that we need”.
    Bill Clinton again tonight in front of the whole nation declared the following adjectives for Obama Understanding, instinct and insight but wisdom and experience were the adjectives describing Joe Biden’s abilities.

    Bill Clinton cleverly and masterfully told the American people Barack Obama on his own does not have the wisdom and experience to be the Commander and chief.

    Did the Democratic Party just ask us to vote for a Co-Presidency?

    I thought we were voting for a Commander and chief?

    Are we to leave the security of our nation to the “Instinct” and “insight” of a junior senator from Illinois?

    August 28, 2008 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  12. Christopher in Silicon Valley

    Bill C. gave a heck of a speech.
    Afterward, I was a little sad he isn't running.

    August 28, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  13. Mike, Vancouver

    To the TEXAS Witch Twister,

    you are absolutely right, however it does allow those who want to go and see for themselves the opportunity to go and not just be in a 100 seat town hall meeting. Ya think......

    August 28, 2008 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  14. Agnes

    I do not tow the party line while democratic process has been thrown aside. The true process of democracy has been circumvented while Tammany Hall lives on in Pelosi, Dean, Reid the DNC et al., fostering the inexperienced Obama and foisting him on the American people over their true choice, Hillary Clinton. How terribly unfortunate for America that she is not the democratic nominee. We have an inexperienced puppet whose spouse can not even hide her animosity towards Hillary. Just the sort of visage America needs greeting foreign dignitaries....

    August 28, 2008 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
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