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Many Democrats seemed disappointed with Mark Warner's low-key keynote. I found it refreshing – a bit of DLC thinking at an ADA convention. Warner praised entrepreneurship. He mentioned "safe neighborhoods." He talked of the need to "rebuild the military" and "defeat terrorism." He appealed to the "common good" and referred to "common ground." But it all seemed strangely out of place – like the ghost of New Democrats past. The Democratic Party has moved on – but not necessarily forward.

I was deeply disappointed, however, with Sen. Bob Casey Jr.'s speech. His moment at the podium contained some inherent drama. His father – the late Gov. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania – had been prevented from speaking at the 1992 Democratic convention because of his pro-life views. Last night the younger Casey briefly mentioned that he is pro-life, but he didn't actually make any pro-life arguments or appeal to pro-life voters. The elder Casey – one of the great Democratic advocates for the weak and helpless – would not have missed that opportunity. Courage, in this case, is not hereditary.

In his remarks, the younger Casey quoted his father as saying: "What did you do when you had the power?" The more appropriate question for Sen. Casey is this: "What did you do when you had the podium?" And the answer is: nothing of note.

By Michael Gerson  | August 27, 2008; 9:51 AM ET
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Go away Gerson..

Posted by: Issa Gallego | August 27, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, you have to be kidding me. The Democratic Party made a mistake and did not adhere to its Jeffersonian committment to free speech. They rectified that error last night. That being said, the Democratic Party is pro-choice (not pro-abortion but that's an argument for another time and not with a tame Rich Lowery type ie you)and to make a "pro-life" argument at this convention insteading of attacking Fearless Leader and McSame would have been absurd!! Come on, you have produced better drivel than this in the past and will, no doubt, do so in the future.

Posted by: A Hardwick | August 27, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Bob Casey Sr. was barred from speaking because he refused to endorse the Clinton-Gore ticket. My html skills aren't up to linking, I'm afraid, but here's a piece from Media Matters below. Please stop passing along false information.

In fact, as Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented, other Democrats who opposed abortion rights spoke at that convention and at every convention since, so Casey's opposition to abortion rights could not have been the sole reason he was not given a speaking role. Additionally, The New Republic's Michael Crowley reported in 1996: "According to those who actually doled out the 1992 convention speaking slots, Casey was denied a turn for one simple reason: his refusal to endorse the Clinton-Gore ticket."

Posted by: lahke | August 27, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Gerson's Axis of Ego at work again. 'Tis shameful that the Post gave a column to a man with blood, not ink, on his hands.

Posted by: Politiscribe | August 27, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

gerson=gop shill

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Your concern-trollery touches me deeply. I mean that sincerely...

We need a Shock and Awe campaign to take out Hiatt's cadre of toadies. I'm tired of not being able to buy my own local paper. I find the idea of contributing to these guys' salaries revolting.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: ibc | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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