August 27th, 2008
11:53 PM ET
12 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. W O W WO W

    Y O U-H A V E-T O-T A K E--T H E-P U L S E-- O F-–T H E--

    U N D E R C U R R E N T S--T O-R E A L I Z E-–T H E----

    C O N T I N E N T A L--–D I V I D E--–I N--S O M E----–

    C I R C L E S

    August 27, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Sherry, Atlanta



    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 27, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. daniel

    No. Not now. 2024, may be.

    August 27, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. Dready1Rasta

    Now it's time to shine our boots on some Republican butts!

    August 27, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. Voter

    Ten more weeks of this – can we stand it? How about Obama making a cameo appearance at the end?!

    We can't have anyone else getting TOO much attention tonight, not when The One hasn't gotten his face on TV in a whole 24 hours.

    Tomorrow night will be mind-numbing. I plan to watch the test pattern on TV for a little stimulation.

    With any luck, Biden will talk, talk, talk Obama right out of the presidency. By the first week in October, he'll be wearing a muzzle!!

    August 27, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. CCDemocrat

    The democrats have come together it seems.

    Next week we get 4 days of the GOP trying to sweep the 8 miserable years of Bush under the rug & blowing hard about Oabama.

    Since they have nothinng to run on or take from the last eight years, the GOP convention should be a snoozer............hope they can keep McCain awake!!!

    Maybe they should just have a 3 stooges film festival ??

    August 27, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Silent John


    August 28, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Fred Crockett

    Carl, you are very correct that the speech in Mile High tomorrow is very important, but it is equally important that Mr. Carville's major-league fastballs continue high and tight until the end of the campaign. John Kerry impressed me more tonight than he ever has, and we wonder if he had done this four years ago........FC

    August 28, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |

    W I L L-T H E Y--T U R N- O U T-- I N-N O V E M B E R ? ? ? N O !

    August 28, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Lee

    No problem. He is thoughtful, brilliant and completely unflappable. And he has the truth on his side.

    August 28, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. Dready1Rasta

    Voter AKA Clinton,no MCCain supporter-Can't you come up with original material or is that all The Repugs gave you to say? Typical, hiding during a fight, or sending others to do your dirty work-Pathetic.

    August 28, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. rayster

    After 35 years of politics and meny times on the balots, I should have brown nosed up to cnn do get a job like these stooges.
    They are pathetic. What makes them think they have the pulse of the nation in thier hand.
    Go home and have some hot chocolate and watch the news or something. Tired of these stupid comments

    August 28, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. KenB, MI

    The convention is coming together...the Republicans are a part of what makes America, but delusional is when it comes to their political rhetoric when it comes to talking to the American people (I really don't like being played for stupid)

    when the Rep Party attempts to take credit for the economic boom of the Clinton era they are as much as the Democrats get their hands tied during the past eight years of the Bush Presidency.

    the American people need more than fantastic stories...we want change.

    August 28, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  14. BK

    People need to watch both conventions. Don't let the media and party affliation decide for you. Make up your own mind. Be informed.

    August 28, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. Franky

    Hell yeah!! You don't see how touhg he is? I mean, he does play basketball, is that tough? Or wait a minute, he does make fun of people, is that tough? Or wait a minute, he's pretty calm, is that tough? you can see, it should be easy, LOL!!!

    August 28, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. Dready1Rasta

    CC Democrat- The Republicans WILL be having a Three Stooges film festival....Bush, McCain, and Romney.

    August 28, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  17. deroy

    hey fool. i thought the economy was the issue!

    August 28, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Obama will light Denver up tomorrow.

    Get ready, 'cause here we come.

    August 28, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. Desmond Sequeira

    Of course, why be positive when you can be negative.
    Have you not been down here? OBAMA has proved himself more than formidable from day one and every day since.

    August 28, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. Marie in California

    The convention has come together? I don't think so.

    No how.....Nobama!

    August 28, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  21. Dimslie

    Carl Bernstein is a one-trick pony. Why are you trotting out this dinosaur?

    August 28, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  22. Mark

    What fools you democrats really our if you think we coming together?? What a joke folks!! Only thing your freak side show is doing is pissing alot of long time dem. voters off!! I think Mr. McCain is going to get lots of democrat votes this year for sure !!!! McCain's got our's !!

    August 28, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. Colo Sprgs, CO

    to answer your question "voter," YES WE CAN!!! Obama/Biden '08!

    August 28, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  24. ML - California

    Yes, it is up to Obama to do the rest. The Democratic Party may think that they have united, but I would say it will tell all when it comes time to VOTE!!! The Democratic Convention does not answer for the remaining Democrats in the Country who were not at the Convention.

    August 28, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. tonight

    Bill Clinton was artful and relevant !

    John Kerry should have been this forceful 4 years ago.

    Biden was ... Good. He flubbed a few lines, but i think this is because he was reading a speech written by more than one person. He is better OFF THE CUFF, which is more than can be said for the current President.

    In the end Biden, delivered the MEAT of what Obama/Biden stand for, giving more substance to the ticket.... It was needed but was not exciting,

    This is Politics, if he was all excitement and no meat, it would be said that his speech was fluff. AS IT STANDS HIS SPEECH had the most information.

    See u in the Whitehouse.

    PEOPLE! don't be tricked by the Republican LYING MACHINE!

    August 28, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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