August 26th, 2008
11:54 AM ET

Convention night, playground fight!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/26/art.kennedymcain.split.jpg caption="Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday. Sen. John McCain before his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday."]Barclay Palmer
AC360 Senior Producer

Tonight is Hillary's night–will it work? She'll try to galvanize her supporters to back Obama. Her historic drive for the nomination, and her 18 million votes will be acknowledged in a deal letting her be nominated, and then she herself might call for Obama's nomination by unprecedented acclamation.

Now THAT would be historic. Everyone happy now? Will Hillary supporters stop flirting with McCain, and back the big O?

Separate question-James Carville and others have argued the Dems at this convention are making the same mistake all over again–playing too nice, and not fighting the GOP hard enough.

Yes, Hillary will take'em on tonight, but it's easy to dump the bad cop role on her. You know from all the cops'n'robbers shows - If the good cop never gets tough, the bad guys run circles around him. Witness McCain's appearance on Leno, his newest 3a.m. ad, his expected mockery of Obama at the American Legion convention today.

Mccain is not playing the usual quiet role during an opponent's convention. While Dems understandably get misty over Kennedy and Michelle, McCain is in Obama's face, and tweaking his nose.

The bell has rung. McCain is coming out swinging. Will the Dems stop smiling at the crowd in time, and get fighting?

We'd love your thoughts...Thank you.

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Ed-Word

    If you're a Hillary supporter and even considering voting for McCain, I don't understand your logic. That would probably the most idiotic things you could ever do in your life. That's like wanting Steak, getting hamburger and instead of eating it you decide to chew on a big cow pie. They were both good candidates but Obama won. Yes... I know he's Black and I know that's in the back of your head and it makes you a little weary but it's the 21st century, it was gonna happen sooner or later. I mean we're suppose to be "the most advanced nation in the world" but we can't even have a person of color or a woman as our leader? We have a chance at one, so quit crying and let's make history.

    August 27, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  2. Carol Bounds

    Senator Hilliary Clinton hit it on the nail! that is what I mean about being a Rare woman. Hilliary was elegant, gracious, and extrodinary. She did exactly what she needed to do, and I must say that the analogy she used about Harriet Tubman, was very Powerful. Iknow she will make a great Secretary of State. I wish she could have been our Vice President, but that was not in Gods plan weather you believe it or not. She is going to be a great asset to this country no matter what role she is in. I have to give it to Hilliary Rodham Clinton She was very well received by all. Does she have to say Senator Obama is ready to be commander and chief. No!!!!!!!!!!!! Was any president that held that office ready? We learn by experiences, good and bad ones. I know that I don't want to spend another eight years under the Republicans. This country needs a change, and Barack Obama and Joe Biden can make that change. I give Hilliary Clinton and A+ for her speech, she gave it what it needed. If American doesn't work, the world doesn't work.

    August 27, 2008 at 12:29 am |
  3. Dave - Westminster, CA

    Unfortunately I missed the first night of the Democratic Convention, but later I was able to listen to some political commentators on CNN. One commentator, and I don’t remember his name, expressed his view about universal heath care. He said, “Health care is not a RIGHT, it is a PRIVELEGE”. That implies that health care is not something for everyone, just a select few – A PRIVELEGE. Shouldn’t all Americans have access to excellent health care?

    The conservatives in this country try to spin a story making Obama and Machelle ELITISTS, but what could be more elite than to say that “HEALTH CARE IS A PRIVELEGE”? Health care is not a privilege; it is equal to a basic human need!

    The United States is the only wealthy, industrial nation that does not provide universal health care to its citizens. We are willing to spend billions of dollars every month on an unnecessary war, give huge tax breaks to the big oil companies, but heaven forbid if we try to make universal health care a reality. We need change, we need to take control of our government out of the hands of big business and place it back into the hands of the citizens. Corporate greed is ruining this country. The welfare of our citizens should be paramount in the minds of our elected officials. Health care should be a right of citizenship in America, anything less defeats the greatness of this country. The conservatives do not seem to have Americas best interest at heart.

    August 27, 2008 at 12:25 am |
  4. Mark

    I don't think Mr. McCain has anything to worry about after watching that nothing show on Tv. All drama and hot air speaches and more name trashing! Shame that Mrs. Clinton name has be in the dirt and trashed. Hillary was the best thing about the democatic show!.I think alot of long time democrats like our family will wake-up and start to cross over and vote for McCain!! Sorry Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  5. Felix Ortiz

    If the democrats get the office in november, we will just have more healthy, eligible workers live off my tax dollars just like they are now. It is a shame that the people that say that they can change America, just want to sit back and watch people live off of hardworking americans taxdollars go to helping lazy sorry people in this country that want to live off of food stamps, welfare and any other goverment aid to families that have people that can work but choose not to.
    Please Stop the Lies Hillary and Obama Supporters. You all are merely looking for someone that you can make everything so easy for you but cant do nothing for you.

    VOTE MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
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