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Napolitano's Big Day Jitters

By Jonathan Weisman
DENVER -- The Democratic Convention may have united last night behind the ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, but that doesn't mean Democratic leaders have gotten over their jitters -- for tonight and beyond.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that expectations are so high, and the kibitzing so picky, there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.

"I worry that no speech ever written will ever meet these standards," the governor said, citing the "wonderful Catch 22 of criticism" that has greeted every speech so far. Michelle Obama, for instance, laid out her own biography and that of her husband, but was criticized for not discussing what her husband would do as president. Hillary Clinton threw her support to Obama, but was criticized for not repudiating one advertisement from the primary campaign, Napolitano said.

"I worry about that," she said.

Beyond tonight, Napolitano said Obama needs to simplify his message and hammer it home, over and over and over. The economy, energy independence, ending the Iraq war and improving health care should be the only themes of the rest of the campaign she said.

"Keep pounding that and pounding that and pounding that," she said.

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Tonight Obama needs to put the knife between McCain's ribs and then twist it.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 2:42 PM
But on one condition, McCain should not even move when Obama is twisting the knife. He should regret in his life that he survived the Vietnam's prisons.
hmm....interesting..Obamabots are becoming hysterical as the Coronation is nearing.
ohh..BTW,,when Obama tried to link Ralph Reed and McCain, the Obama-Ayers ad came out. Obama-Rezko ad came in response to "seven homes ad". Republicans are masters in hitting below the belt. It is better for Obama to be the Change guy rather than trying to be a mean guy. He will not even survive till Nov 08 if he tries that.

Posted by: discerner | August 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat, I can't stand Hussein Obama & am not voting for him. Thumbs my nose at Howard Deans Democratic Convention.

Posted by: SadAmerican | August 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I was in high school when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his speech. I believe that he was called to his mission and that he knew it would cost him his life. He gave it willingly so that one day this day would become a reality. There are things which occurred in the interim that I believe would have grieved his soul and progress that would have caused him to rejoice. Above all he understood that it was not just outward laws that would bring about true change, but a change of heart. Now, all things being equal, I hear his words ringing out that "all people will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". He always knew that no matter the situation one had to make a personal choice to rise above any limitations this world might put on you. You could hear it in his words and you knew what he believed in his heart. I'm happy to see this time and I pray that God will keep Mr. Obama and his family in all safety. That being said, he is still standing on a platform that would require me to compromise my position for hope of a better financial future...something I think Martin Luther King would understand I simply cannot do. As much as I rejoice to see this day, I will vote for John McCain.

Posted by: lmiller3 | August 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama REALLY have to "honor" McCain? Isn't this getting a bit old? If I had to say anything, it would be that "Thirty-five years ago my opponent served his country well, like hundreds of thousands of other veterans who have served in numerous wars. We honor ALL veterans for their sacrifices. Thirty-five years later, we are once again immersed in a costly war that has taken its toll on both the military... and especially our economy. And the number one issue among all voters in this country IS the ECONOMY!" I would then get into the economy and McCain's admitting he knows very little about how the economy works, and simply state that "I understand the economy, and what's needed to revive it"! I'd also point out that its in our best interest to put together a working agaenda that has the economy first, followed by improving foreign policy, healthcare for all Americans, affordable education and better pay for teachers, tax relief for those making under $150,000 a year. He has to also make energy a top item, and note that the world market, not the USA, will be the recipient of any oil brought up in new drilling leases. There's just soooo much wrong, and one would hope that Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and many more will help Barrack Obama deliver the message and point out the flaws in the McCain/Bush/Republican agenda.

Posted by: Another Mike | August 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Serious, the USA doesn't really want anothr 4 yrs of Bush (can't say 8 McCain will in his 80's) Even Republican don't like McCain, (they choose Bush over McCain in 2000) but it is all they have. If they are willing to accept Bush and Cheney again, then let them wonder down that Crawford Road. Greatness and Change, Obama will provide this to the American people and The Republicans are frighten, because he will succeed and that means a guarantee of 8 yrs Of Demcratic Rule. It's about Power, people and the Republicans have Rove and his gang in full force..Vote Obama..take a chance. You did it with the inexperience Clinton and Wow. GOP voted for the inexperince Bush over McCAin..garbage revailed

Posted by: ckuhn55 | August 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse


You mean like the ones on the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the Smithsonian...blah blah blah.

Obama is going to talk about the issues that affect real Americans. Apprantly all the GOP wants to talk about is stage sets.

Posted by: Cal | August 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

All Obama have to do is speak from his
heart,and the light of good will reveal
himself in him and our country,Satan is
alive and not so well!the forces of war,death suffering,and destruction
are on life support,Rush limpballs is
about to have A heart attack with that dam
6' cigar in is mouth,hannity can't maintain
is male composure, to much longer,and carville is hiding from the light of
the world!I Say Hallilua! rejoice in
the renaissance of the USA!


Posted by: ADAM | August 28, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama knows he needs to honor McCain and then proceed to pick him apart. The negative ads against McCain need to start ASAP. The republicans are already planning some heinous plot against Obama and Obama needs to fire back and hit him right between the eyes and not roll over the way Kerry did the last time with the swifties.

Posted by: Jerry | August 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to lay out his vision of America. Bring production back to the U.S. and put citizens back to work. Produce more energy efficient vehicles. Not just hybrids that get 50-60 mpg, but set a goal for a car that gets 100 mpg, the way Kennedy said we'd be on the moon in 10 years. He must tell people McCain will raise your taxes by taxing employer provided healthcare as income which would devastate the middle class. He needs to equate McCain with Bush and hammer that point home.

Posted by: Todd | August 28, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Tonight Obama needs to put the knife between McCain's ribs and then twist it.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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