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August 25th, 2008
07:21 PM ET

The convention's a big story unfolding

Inside Denver's Pepsi Center, host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Inside Denver's Pepsi Center, host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Carl Bernstein
AC360° Contributor

A few observations as the convention is about to convene:

This is Barack Obama's convention. It will have his stamp on it, including ushering the Clintons off center-stage and into supporting roles-however reluctantly.

It is also a Democratic Party convention, with threads of history and some immutable principles since the 1960s-especially regarding civil rights, women's rights, and a certain perspective on economic issues. The Clintons are (whatever their shortcomings) a big part of that story, especially the successful parts: Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to be
elected twice to the presidency since FDR.

The Clintons-like Ted Kennedy, who will be powerfully present tonight-do not want to see the presidency turned over to John McCain or four more years of Republican policies: remember, they have spent their adult lives fighting against the Republican Right....even to the extent of Hillary Clinton labeling it "the vast right-wing conspiracy."

We journalists, especially on television in the past few days, have placed far too much emphasis on recent polls, a notable example being trying to divine the effect of Joe Biden's addition to the ticket within hours of his being named. This is silly.

The presidency will be won in the electoral college, something very different than national polls about the popular vote. Polls can be good snapshots, useful tools-but, as Mark Penn and Hillary Clinton learned, they can be far off-course.

Barack Obama confounded almost every poll to defeat Hillary Clinton-and concentrated on superior organization, the consistency of his message (sometimes perhaps vague in terms of what he would specifically do as president), and remarkable discipline. Most Republican professionals I have talked to believe he has a large organizational advantage in the states he must win to become president.

Bill Clinton-not Hillary-has been the big loser in this election thus far; his legacy was tarnished by his conduct during the campaign, and he knows he must give a great speech for Barack Obama at this convention to regain much of the respect he lost even among Democrats who had all but worshipped him.

Hillary Clinton's acolytes—with a certain percentage excepted—are unlikely to move in droves to a McCain-Republican, pro-life conservative message, no matter how disaffected they might feel as a result of the bruising primaries and caucuses.

Barack Obama’s principal campaign aides are, in private, forthright in their recognition that their candidate—and Michelle Obama—must raise their “comfort level” with many American voters. The convention, they say, from beginning to end, is intended to do just that, culminating in Obama’s last-evening acceptance speech, in which he will (they say) be more specific than in the past about his plans for the presidency.

Race is a big part of this story, and perhaps the biggest unknown factor. We who are covering the campaign shouldn’t shy away from the subject, even if the two candidates (at least in their words) stay away from it.

Perhaps we reporters need to let this convention happen in real time, with a little less speculation on our part, and more reporting. That doesn't mean we shouldn't be analyzing and challenging and interpreting even doing some informed speculation. But there is going to be a hell of a story unfolding before our eyes this week, and we oughtn't divert our eyes and ears too much from it, and in the process focus on a heap of ephemera.

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  1. ELECHI

    Goodmorning Mr Carl.. I hope viewed or was even at the DNC when Hilary clinton made an outstanding, enthusiastic and psssionate unifying speech last night. That was a great speech.But ,for people like Jack Carferty is still not enough for him..As a senior political analyst on the National TV, he should stop condeming the clintons because they ve not done anything wrong to jeopadise his political career..Hilary made people realize the importance of rallying behind Obama and elect him as the next president. The ball is on his court let him kick it off..

    August 27, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  2. todd shell

    Carl,

    I think the biggest negative side effect of Hillary's speech tonight is that Joe Biden will have to give the performance of his life in order to not make Obama look like a real idiot for picking Biden over Hillary. She sure looked and sounded like the real deal. I just don't think that Biden can do it, which will be a real downer for the democrats tomorrow night after Biden's speech.

    August 26, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  3. Kent, Illinois

    Loretta..............Absolutely.......

    The youth vote is being ignored here. The young voters haven't come out in full force in an election in a long time. But, this year will be different. I have knocked on doors for Obama...........the young people are registered and ready to vote. An yes, they don't use land lines. They are polling old folks...........and that explains everything about the poll numbers we are seeing.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  4. Loretta Noto

    Mr. Bernstein,

    I would like to know how all these polls saying how Barack Obama and John McCain are doing and how the race is so close are conducted. If these are being taken via landlines, I'd like to make a comment. My granddaughter and her friends are avid Obama supporters and are very enthusiastic about the upcoming election. This group of young people do NOT use landlines – they all use cellphones. Are polls conducted at all reaching cellular phone users? That might be your disparity.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Beverly

    If in fact we are truly a democracy then why does Hillary have to tell people to support Obama if she truly feels he is not qualified. Of course the Democratic party is making her. It makes the democrats look like dictators. She should be respected for standing up for her beliefs not dogged if she doesn't do what they tell her too. And why should Bill have to. If they don't, everyone thinks they are sore losers, but in fact they truly have concern for their country being ran by someone who is not qualified.
    He has a spooky past with his friends and that is all he has. I wish Hillary would get up there and tell the truth. And how about Biden he also said he wasn't qualified, but if he can play with Barak's toys he will say whatever they want him too. Hillary and Bill don't give in to dictators, show this country your a real democrat and tell the truth.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  6. Kent, Illinois

    I will be important for the Clinton's to rally their supporters to the Obama cause........which is also the Democratic cause. Democrats, Independents, truthful Republicans............listen to what the public actually needs. It isn't what we have had these past 8 yrs. Enough already. Vote with compassion for the poor, the soldiers, the dwindling middle class. Why would people vote for McCain to help the wealthy 2% of our country? Stop helping the wealthy.

    Obama 08

    August 26, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  7. Alex

    Carl,
    I agree with your about explanation of polls, but I for one, believe that primary between Barack and Hillary was anything but ordinary and a straight up deal. I believe and will always believe, that the DNC and the powers to be Democrats, flat out wanted Barack Obama to be their candidare and NOT Hillary Clinton. I would dare say they even went to far as to ensure that scenario went down. Whether it was a form of a payback to Bill Clinton or they felt they needed the black vote to take over the White House, Hillary got robbed. But thats politics and I even see now that the DNC is thinking about restoring Michigan's and Florida's 1/2 vote to a full vote. Obviously this is being done for the cause of "unity." But had they done it before the primaries, Hillary would have won the nomination. Sour graps???? Not really. But a bit of honesty would have been refreshing.

    August 26, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  8. Al from NJ

    Where is Reverend Wright? Where’s Jessie Jackson? Where is Sharpton?

    What's wrong with the media and Americans? What are they afraid of?

    Did all of us ignore the fact that Obama mentored with an anti American, radical, racist: Reverend Wright.

    This is an introduction?

    Could you just imagine if McCain was friends and mentored with the KKK?

    Wake up America.

    Where is the reporting?

    This isn't old news...this is an introduction to those that didn’t know about Obama’s past associations: a reminder of Obama's character.

    August 26, 2008 at 7:55 am |
  9. JoAnne Mark Gerhardt

    As usual, Carl Bernstein's analysis is clear and insigtful. We are pleased he is aboard. Few have his perspective.

    August 26, 2008 at 7:39 am |
  10. Sue

    Mr. Cooper:

    Thank you for your thoughtful remarks blogged here.

    I too would like to see all the TV networks allow things to unfold in 'real time' and fill in the empty spaces with interviews with 'real delegates' in each Party. They too, have their own stories to tell and their own dreams to dream.

    Like many of the other comments above mine, I would like to hear more from the speeches and less from the Punditry. I am not certain that is possible in this Media but like you, I believe it would be a very healthy start.

    Thanks for a thoughtful blog on the subject.

    Sue

    August 26, 2008 at 7:24 am |
  11. Deanna Woodham

    I am very disappointed, but not surprised, at CNN's coverage of the convention. You need to stop pontificating while these important speakers are addressing the audience at the convention. I had to switch to CSPAN to actually hear what Pelosi and others had to say.
    You are disserving the American people with your lack of true coverage of the convention. I shall not continue to watch CNN. I may even contact your advertising sponsors about this matter.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:29 am |
  12. Ernest

    Jane,

    You're a bit confused. Plenty of white folks have done many good things for black people both before and after our time of enslavement as have plenty of black folks done the same in kind. Obama doesn't have the black vote just because he's black. You have to remember that Hillary Clinton had the black vote locked up before she and her husband started their own "Southern strategy" starting with South Carolina and ending in West Virginia. We evolved over to this position because we were clearly taken for granted and clearly not respected by Hillary Clinton. She shot herself in the foot. Lastly, I learned something very important over this past weekend. We have a hard time seeing each other as just "people" and not "-–" (fill in the blank) people. We are terrified to simply address issues with one another on a completely human basis for fear of offending someone's "-–"-ness. You know, if we were to give each other an equal measure of respect based on the fact that we all have red blood, eat, sleep, poop, have children, and pay taxes, we wouldn't have all these racial/ethic/gender/etc. problems. We're all just people with the same hopes, fears, and aspirations. The strangest thing about this is we Americans have the hardest time coming to grips with and accepting that notion. People talk about "racial tolerance". Have you ever stopped to think about what that phrase really means? I, as a black man, don't want to be "tolerated". How does the statement, "I tolerate women.", sound to you? Do you want to be merely "tolerated"? No, I don't believe so. You, as a woman, want to be "accepted" for who and what you are without any reservations or limits. You see, the answers to all of these problems are right in front of us and they're sinfully easy. The hard part to all this is people have convinced themselves and each other that solving the "race problem" is nearly intractable. It's not. That's a world wide lie. Greet and treat your fellow man with all the respect that you believe you deserve and you'll become a part of the solution. It doesn't cost you anything to simply respect someone's right to "be" without reservation.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:22 am |
  13. Mark

    Not to echo the same sentiment of all the other posts, but hopefully if enough of us speak out, you'll get the friggin' clue... GET YOUR DANG REPORTERS OFF MY TV SO I CAN WATCH THE CONVENTION SPEAKERS. Your viewers have brains, and we don't need David Gregory playing Captain Obvious with his retard analysis. Everytime I see a pundit blabbing his or her take on all of Obama's "problems," I change the channel only to find another pundit talking about Obama's problems (and it's no secret that CNN is irate that Hillary isn't the nominee). Why don't you just get the heck out of the way so we can hear from honest people talking about real problems and real solutions for America. It's like you guys are taking your cues from the friggin' Jerry Springer Show. My friend told me that MSNBC offered a live feed–pundit free–of the convention from it's website... guess where I'll be getting my convention coverage tomorrow night?

    August 26, 2008 at 1:20 am |
  14. william Lopez

    Why is the media already blaming Hillary Clinton for Obama’s own doing. DIRECT QUOTE FROM OBAMA: from the democratic primary.” I’m positive that I’ll be able to get her supporters but i’m sure she won’t get mine” Now he’s getting bit in the rear end by Clinton supporters. That is his own doing not hers. As a life long democrat since the 70’s I for one will not be voting for that arrogant leftest liberal. Let him sell the Brooklyn bridge to another sucker!!!!!!!! Why do brilliant people always think they know what’s best for us "ARROGANCE"

    August 26, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  15. Duncan

    The 2004 election proved that the Jim Crow Era still breathes its ugly breath when in primarily black precincts, voters used the wrong paper for ballots which resulted to the invalidation of those votes and other violations of civil rights, according to Ohio Congressman Denis Kucinich's failed resolution (H. Res. 1528) to impeach President George W. Bush this past June. And Ohio is a Northern state. Voting for Sen. John McCain or not voting in this election will contribute to the continuation of willful ignorance that allows racism to exist. Let us not fail the dream of Rev. Martin Luther King and bring racism to an ultimate end. Let us not fail in the fight to over come our country's shortfalls in our past. To fix this, we have to cast a vote for Sen. Barak Obama and reject racism. Remember that women at one time to set aside their struggle to vote and joined together to fight to get blacks the full vote and not to be considered 3/5ths of a vote/person. So let us set aside our differences and solidify the unity of everyone regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation and especially race (including all races or ethnicities), forever. We owe it to ourselves to truly become the United States of America. While there are other non-major candidates, Obama represents the change to end this ugly past. This is why race is the issue that needs to be faced by all and dealt with now.

    References:

    House Resolution (H.Res. 1528), my history classes in High School and College

    August 26, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  16. JC-Los Angeles

    Your assertion that "this is Barack Obama's convention" is so far off base it's hilarious.

    Obama, I guess due to his inexperience and scant leadership skills, has failed to put the Clintons behind him and failed to unify his party.

    I find it stunning to have a Democratic Convention where the topics of discussion are still focused on other politicians rather than the lead candidate.

    With the Clintons still in the picture, with Ted Kennedy stealing the spotlight, with bulldog Biden to come and with Michelle Obama marginalizing her passive husband, this convention seems to be about everyone but Omaba.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:00 am |
  17. Mathias Nilsson

    Intelligent and emotional day, very well executed.

    Finally a individual with roots in the US heartland middle class will be going to washington. Say no to rich people controlling the white house, say yes to to the american dream.

    The message can not be more clear we cant take four more years.

    Obama 2008

    Democrats unite today was our night.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:50 am |
  18. Tom - Springfield, IL

    Let me totally agree with many of the comments - CNN would do better to let us LISTEN to the speeches and do their pontificating (er, I mean analyzing) after the speeches. While I do have a great respect for "the best political team on TV" I can hear them anytime. To miss Nancy Pilosi's speech, and the video on Michelle Obama, just to hear the talking heads–was inexcusable from a network with the reputation of CNN. I found myself switching over to CSPAN a lot, just to hear what was going on from the podium. C'mon folks, get with it!

    August 26, 2008 at 12:49 am |
  19. Mary Ann

    As a fan of CNN, I was very disappointed in this convention coverage. I truly would have liked to hear the speakers – the "known" and the "unknowns". The commentaries became repetitious and franky uninteresting, Far better to actually COVER the convention – including the speakers – then to just move your news desk onsite and hold your regular broadcasts,

    See if we can actually have full coverage in the following days. You kept the little tag line Speakers: unedited and unfiltered – but never actually broadcast them! Come on guys, this is NOT what I expected from CNN.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:34 am |
  20. Bookercat

    I must agree with the majority of the comments here in this respect: will you talking heads PLEASE be quiet while the speeches are in progress? Nobody is tuning in to hear YOU. We hear you all the time, and will again once the convention is over. Babble between events if you must, but please give the speakers - and your audience, incidentally - the courtesy of being able to hear and be heard. Basic rudimentary common courtesy. Thank you.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  21. Joan

    Viewers wanted to hear the speeches tonight , not the analysts. Apparently we missed some good speeches that did deal with Bush. The analysts didn't know that because they were too busy talking and not listening. Very poor coverage tonight.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  22. Billy

    CUDOS Mr. Bernstein! I wrote in another CNN blog tonight how disappointed I was in CNN's coverage of the convention tonight. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that the reporters need to let the convention play out in real time. It gets tiring when I have to hear the analysis of the analysis of the analysis over and over and over again, While all the reporters on CNN are analizing and putting band-aids on their wounds (like Mr. Carville), the events are passing by right behind them. In fact, I think with all the talk of change in politics, maybe it's time we see some change in news reporting....like actually reporting the news instead of analizing the news.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:23 am |
  23. Chuck

    My wife and I turned it to C-Span where you get the convention without the Talking Heads. It was disgraceful that we have to hear "analysts " while the Speaker of the House is talking. I agree with a lot of folks here. Get out of the way!!

    August 26, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  24. Glenn D.

    Jane, Obama is not getting 97% of the black vote because Barack is black. We all know and have seen that is is part black & he is part white. He is simply a different shade than the norm. You do a lot of black americans a disservice by thinking that way. That is like the statement we all look alike. Many black women were voting for Hillary. Is she black? no.

    Do you not recall Bill Clinton being labeled the first black President? It was not about the color of his skin, but his empathy. I am a black male, and I voted for Bill. I am voting for Barack. Not because he is black, but he is the democratic nominee. It is just great that we may have a different look in the white house. No different than if Hillary was the nominee. It would have been nice and will someday be nice to have a woman as President. Hillary has proven that a woman can now get the votes in America. God Bless.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  25. Eric - Georgia

    I agree with the previous posters that CNN's coverage on this first night of the DNC was a bit shoddy. Having your pundits talk in lieu of the convention speakers is shamefully egotistic and self-serving. I normally enjoy CNN's political coverage, but not this evening.

    Fortunately, I was able to flip over to PBS' coverage, where the commentators discussed the proceedings concisely and, for the most part, only between DNC presentations.

    James Carville and David Gergen were perhaps correct in their shared opinion that the Democratic Party "wasted" much of the first night of the DNC. CNN's viewers didn't get to hear or see all of it to make up their own minds.

    If the party conventions are indeed "television events" as your pundits frequently claimed, then how about letting your viewer watch (and listen) to said event, not second-hand analysis *as it's happening*.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  26. Steve - Detroit

    You must be kidding. Ushering the Clintons off center stage? Just because your nose is ugly you don't remove it. And, do you really think 18 million voters went for Hillary because they "liked her"? That is silly. Americans want strong leaders. We have seen a weak one far too long. If they don't see BO as a leader they simply will not vote for him even if it means losing the White House. However, that does not mean the House and Senate will follow suit. Things worked well with a Democratic President and a Republican Congress. Maybe it's time to try the reverse.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  27. John Burke

    Great nite! How pitiful did Carville sound? I a great Clinton now Obama support am disgusted in his unobjective opinion. Go away Carville

    August 25, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  28. EB

    I agree with Carl Bernstein's suggestion that journalists need to speculate less and "live in real time." I think it is important that he reminds us that the presidency will be won in the electoral college, not the polls. (This does NOT mean that the people shouldn't vote.)

    I commend him for bringing to light the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about – race. My fear is that many people who proclaim to support Barack Obama will act differently when it comes time to push the lever because they will fear having a Black president. I hope I am wrong about that. The dialog MUST continue. We cannot act as if race is not a factor. It doesn't have to be an issue, but it is a factor.

    I must disagree with the commentator who says that 97% of Black Americans are voting for Obama just because he is black, with the majority not knowing what he stands for. People are smarter than that. I worry about all Americans who won't vote for Obama just because he is Black. Many Americans – not just Blacks – don't know what their chosen candidate stands for.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  29. steve from Canada

    Jane.... do you realize how many voters will vote republican or democrat because their parents and grandparents voted that way. Whats the big deal about blacks voting for a black man? In my view McCain is no bargain even if he was purple.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  30. Erin

    Can we please get James Carville and his depressive opinions off the air??? With friends like him in the democratic party, who needs enemies. And Hillary (sorry James to break the news) ran a great campaign and lost. Move on – forward and stop your sulking.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  31. Cary Kitner

    All the commentators seem to feel that it was an error not to knock McCain with a negative campaign during tonights speeches.
    Why should the Democrats lower themselves to McCain's only tactic. The old man with the fake smile has nothing to say, and when he does, he can't say it, so he resorts to the negative campaign to win votes.

    August 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  32. Jane

    You're right race is a big part of this story, and THE BIGGEST KNOWN FACTOR. 97% of Black Americans are voting for Obama with the majority of them not knowing what he stands for. For some, he does not even share their own values. But their vote is his, just because he's black.

    In the decades after slavery was abolished, white people have not done anything good for black people and we're stuck with all the labels that come with racism on the planet.

    I know exactly how the Clintons feel!

    August 25, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Kathy - Tennessee

    How disrepectful of Nancy Pelosi – I was looking forward to her comments.........come on guys – you let the men speak!

    August 25, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Martha

    It seems to me that Carl Bernstein is more intersted in what is going on with the Clintons than with Obama. The Clintons are not running as far as I know. Bernstein probably has a book in mind, still trying to relive the glory days of All the President's Men. He needs to get over it.

    August 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Kelly, Austin, TX

    ahhhh Mr. Bernstein, I used to have so much respect for you as a journalist. You have become a master of the very thing you claim you and the rest of the so-called "journalists" need to stay away from...speculation! Your continued snide jabs at the Clinton's is nothing short of disgraceful. I am a supporter of Hillary, but will be voting for Obama. Not because I have total faith in him as I did with Hillary, but because I am a Democrat....just as the Clintons are Democrats. I wish you would keep your ugly comments and speculation about the Clintons intent out of our commmentary. For a party trying to unite, it has been your type of critisism that continues to be propogated that keeps alot of Hillary supporters from getting fully on board. Maybe that is your true intent?

    August 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Loraine

    CNN talking heads – GET OUT OF THE WAY and let the speakers speak for themselves. It is appalling that you talk amongst yourselves rather than broadcasting the speeches from the floor.
    Your yammering can be heard ALL THE REST OF THE TIME, we don't need it when there is live programming that you purport to bring us. Plenty of time for that before/after. Please. Reconsider how you use the power of your cameras!

    August 25, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Barb Dunsmore

    I'd like to politely ask that you ask the pundits and reporters covering this convention on TV to please STOP talking, reviewing so much but instead try 'listening' so we all may do the same!! I would very much like to hear what every speaker is saying.

    Thank you.
    ~

    August 25, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Loye Rose

    I must respectfully disagree with your analysts that the campaign is off to a slow start. I believe that what is being done is establishing an important framework for the convention......that is to give the American public an insight into who is Barack Obama. How often have we heard the comment made that many Americans do not know the senator.........his sister and Mr Jackson has started fill that gap and I am sure Michelle will continue doing so when we hear from her later tonight.

    I think they are off to a wonderful start with folks sharing facts about Senator Obama sandwiched by the electrifying speech and presence of Senator Kennedy

    August 25, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
  39. julie

    your reporters taked during Pelosi, during the beginning of Legend, during Obama;s sister. You stopped during Jackson's speech, Kennedy's speech, and Carter's video-the best part so far.
    We can hear your reporters anytime. Let's hear and see what is happening NOW at the convention. Enough of the supposed rift, enough of what has to happen, what happened to reporting on what is actually happening and not what your reporters THINK is and will happening.

    August 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  40. Mike

    it is amazing how everybody wants what they want and not what the United States needs thats is serious change and neither party has the ability to do that .It may be to late to make the changes that are truly needed. It isnt drilling for oil or health care or perscription drug plans or even the social security that is crubbling under both partys.It is that we work together for the betterment of this Great nation but I truly dont see that ever happening due to greed the "me " factor and the lack of truly wanting change in the halls of the great washington of the past. Sad but true this Goverment cares not for the people but for the bussiness that make the stock holders money . And the rules for the bussiness and not the people . thank you

    August 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  41. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good evening,

    I enjoyed reading your article and your very good perspective! Indeed, it is time to let Barack Obama enjoy making history, connecting and uniting all people! Let's try to enjoy the sentiment of the true spirit and authenticity that exist at the heart of this renewed democracy....this is taking place tonight, right now at this very moment! :) Enjoy!

    August 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm |
  42. DocReal

    Dennis, the Republicans have taken that bloody legacy and pulled it on for everyone to see. Nixon's "Southern Strategy" has now been completed–the GOP is now the party of racism and bigotry. They will never correct this until they lose EVERY hall of power. Of course, this will happen in November 2008 when the GOP loses more seats in the House and Senate AND loses the Presidency.

    August 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  43. mary jo berg

    what is the point of having guest speaker's at the democratic convention when your news reporter's speak at the same time of the guest speaker's?

    August 25, 2008 at 8:28 pm |
  44. Emily Hill

    So much for your "complete and unfiltered coverage" claim for the Democratic Convention. Nancy Pelosi is now speaking and Anderson Cooper and his talking heads seems to think their commentary is more important that what the speakers' have to say. Get out of the way and let the speakers speak for themselves! Forget CNN. I'm sticking with MSNBC.

    August 25, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  45. Dennis

    The democrats are just trying to correct their own historical legacy within the african-american community; and what a bloody legacy it is/was.

    August 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  46. Jacqueline Lucero

    Wow and I really thought CNN would , at least, be fair, if your commentators cannot refrain from making it known that McCain is their obvious choice, maybe they shouldn't be broadcasting the news. It's okay to have your own choices but should they be so obvious, and we say America doesn't have a racial problem, are you so afraid that a Black man who is half white, by the way, just might become President, so much for the American dream.

    August 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm |