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Convention Cheat Sheet: Day One

DENVER -- Day one of the Democratic National Convention has the thematic title "One Nation" but could just as easily be called "Meet Barack Obama". The speakers -- ranging from Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, to his wife, Michelle -- not only will reintroduce Obama to voters but will seek to cast his life story as uniquely American.

While the proceedings are set to run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the east coast, here are the key moments worth tuning in for:

*Nancy Pelosi: For Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, her speech tonight will be a celebration of how far congressional Democrats have come since 2004. The party now controls the House and Senate, and is almost certain to expand its majorities in each come November.

* Jim Leach: Turnabout is fair play. After Republicans announced that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would address the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Democrats rolled out former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach as one of tonight's featured speakers. Leach served in Congress for 30 years before losing his Democratic-leaning district to an unknown -- Rep. Dave Loebsack (D) -- in 2006.

* Democratic interest groups: Obama regularly derides influence traders and interest groups while on the campaign trail. But, at the party's national convention, these groups will have their say -- albeit on the first night of the festivities. Representatives for NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers will all address the assembled delegates tonight.

* Craig Robinson: Obama's brother-in-law, Robinson is the newly installed head basketball coach at Oregon State University. Will he map out the x's and o's to guide the Illinois senator to the nomination?

* Caroline Kennedy: In paying tribute to her uncle -- Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy -- the former Obama vice presidential vetter will also provide a tangible link between Obama and the most storied family in Democratic politics.

* Michelle Obama: The potential first lady will have to execute a high wire act in her address. On the one hand, she must make the case for why her husband is ready and able to be president. On the other, she must stay away from the sort of overly adulatory language that got her into trouble in February.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Convention Cheat Sheet , Eye on 2008  
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Will the stories of Obama's life be fact or fiction? Will his parents still be meeting at the Selma march in 1965, 4 years after his birth, & in a year when his father lived in Kenya? Will Rev. Wright be mentioned? If so, in what capacity? Will Obama still get a bill passed which he had never submitted for passage? Will he still be Chairman of The Banking Committee? What will have to be
researched?
TO sinceretexan..If Michelle is like Obama, any apology is a no-no. Didn't you know that issuing an apology is not the correct thing to do, it is too demeaning?

Posted by: A. Federman | August 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Fix On This DNC Convention:

Look! A hard-look should not be applied at what Senator
Obama is draped with. I'm sure his entire family will vote for
him readily. What should be looked at is the desired exultation
that Senator Obama, as President, will bring.

Vote Exultation.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Actually Bill Clinton was the change agent - he brought direction and discipline into the federal government budget - and Obama is trying to bring that discipline back. Bill raised the US savings rate - GWB lowered it - and to get back to prosperity we need to raise the rate again.
And to do that you have to understand the Zero-Sum nature of the game and how those that are going to get hurt in the short run are going to fight back. That's why I see Bill getting a cabinet spot if Barack wins because Bill knows how the game is played and Barack doesn't.

Posted by: Jack | August 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

A little off topic, but only a little.

What sort of genius scheduled the Republican Convention? For the past week -interrupted only when McCain ended his 'Obama is an elitist' attacks - we've be swamped with speculation about the VP? Stories about the run-up. What a cool place Denver is. That sort of thing.

Some GOP genius decided all that sort of press and interest wasn't worth having, and that no one would get 'convention fatigue'. Sure Chris will be brushing the red white and blue balloons away asking 'Is that all?' - but everyone else will be heartily sick of it.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | August 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Will Gore steal Dem nomination Thursday night as he may be holding about 100 super delegates' support to deter others and conveniently take advantage of political discontent, chaos and confusion of primaries? As multi-millionaire, will he privatize US governments' programs, infrastructure and jobs for big profit$$$?

Will Obama be rid of with his own generated sex and financial scandals? There is a term called "down load" in the black community for professionals who have gay sex on the side despite being married with children and have respectable daytime jobs. Larry Sinclair has come forward with gay sex and drug use claims with Obama in November 1999. Google "barack obama is a closet homosexual," or "Video: Pastor Manning Says Obama is Homosexual...," or "Digg - Is Larry Sinclair Obama's dark secret," etc.

President FDR won the 4th ballot in the roll call process in 1932. The rest is history. It should be allowed on Wednesday night. Otherwise the DNC leaves an undeniable impression that the process is stolen especially since Pelosi and Dean orchestrated MI and FLA votes in favor of Obama since summer of 2007.
Is Ted Kennedy's malignant brain tumor a fraud to distract from his real legacy of his 1968/69 Chappaquidic sex/murder scandal because he doesn't seem to have chemo and radiation side effects such as weight loss due to loss of appetite, jauntice, etc.?

Wonder if Obama’s plane failure a couple of weeks ago was a cover up of his involvement in the general tampering of opponents’ planes during this election season? Does he have another "tampering" attempt scheduled for this Sunday when opponent’s plane is scheduled to fly from NY/NJ area to Madison, Wisconsin??? hmmmm....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad that Obama is in a damned if he does and damned if he doesn't position. Hillary is not the only person to run who has debt, why not spend all the money paying off debts and just lose the election so that people can have even more to fuss about.
Obama is the new face of politics, the only problem America is having with him is that the face happens to be (OMG!) Black. How sad and pitiful a nation we really are. Hillary and Bill did what any person who spends more then they have does, go bankrupt, only they are not going to lose house car or have their big government checks garnished for this debt. Would Hillary have paid Obama's debt if she had won? Would he make a big deal about it if she had not? The Clinton's are incredibly sore losers and they have a following of deviants who are keeping this division thing going for what benefit to the nation or the Democratic party? Get the H*LL over it and let's get the Republicans out of the White House and move this country forward. And yeah, this revolution IS being televised.

Posted by: Alfred | August 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

ExxonMcCain -

Haha, brilliant.

Day 2 - Phil Gramm shows video compilation "Nation of Whiners" showing clips of Republicans during Bill Clinton impeachment and Janet Jackson outrage.

Posted by: Houdini | August 25, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION SCHEDULE LEAKED!


Day 1 of the RNC schedule:


7:00 pm – Ceremonial burning of the U.S. Constitution

7:15 pm – Spiritual Medium Sylvia Browne performs psychic séance in desperate attempt to raise Ronald Reagan from the grave.

7:35 pm – "The Pleasures of Adultery" - with Newt Gingrich & Rudy Giuliani

8:05 pm – Gay sex party in Minneapolis Airport's Men's Restroom hosted by Senator Larry Craig

8:35 pm - Transvestite Ann Coulter – "My Life as a Man"

8:55 pm – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison – Ohio Rep. Bob Ney

9:05 pm – Guest speaker ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley " Joys with Young Boys"

9:25 pm – Oliver North – "Iran is Evil, but I sold them weapons anyway"

9:40 pm – Bill O' Reilly – "The costs of sexual harassment and phone sex with employees"

10:00 pm – Gay sex party in Men's Room hosted by Ken Mehlman and Geraldo Rivera

10:25 pm – Check on McCain to see if he's still breathing and if his adult diaper needs changed.

10:35 pm – N.R.A. President hosts an assault riffle target practice on Gays and Mexicans.

10:45 pm - Call emergency squad after a drunken Darth Cheney accidentally shoots his friend in the face.

11:00 pm – Bush performs his hilarious comedy routine where he looks for Iraq's fictitious WMD's under guests tables.

11:15 pm – Governor Mike Huckabee does his famous uncanny imitation of Gomer Pyle.

11:20 pm – Group intervention to get Rush Limbaugh back into drug rehab

11: 45 pm – Go up on rooftop and throw rocks down at homeless Vets sleeping in alley.

12:00 am – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison – California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham

12:20 am – Convicted felon/Fox News analyst G. Gordon Liddy – Lock picking secrets

12: 40 am – Guest speakers Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz – "How to lie your Country into a War"

1:00 am – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay – "Tips on Money Laundering"

1:15 am – Hookers arrive for after party

Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"I can just imagine what happened - McCain called Hillary - I hear you have some debt - what if I help you with some of that situation? NOW HILLARY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP AT MCCAIN EVENTS EN MASS."

Of course! McCain secretly told his supporters to give money to Hillary's campaign. Then she secretly told her supporters to vote for McCain. It makes perfect sense!

Posted by: Blarg | August 25, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's refusal to not take on Hillary's debt was crazy - Obama should have run to that debt."

He did, you racist. It was Obama donors that weren't really interested in settling someone's personal debt when there are elections to be won.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a massive mistake not healing the wounds with Hillary early, early on - in fact there should have been some sort of arrangement made in April between the two sides for the good of the party.

OK.

Clearly this split is painful and clearly Obama has shown himself to be a horrible leader for allowing this situation to go on and on as it has - Obama has only hurt himself by not making peace.

Obama's refusal to not take on Hillary's debt was crazy - Obama should have run to that debt.

I can just imagine what happened - McCain called Hillary - I hear you have some debt - what if I help you with some of that situation? NOW HILLARY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP AT MCCAIN EVENTS EN MASS.

Obama was a complete idiot on the handling of this - Obama has failed to unite his own party and he has had all summer to work on that - however Obama is supposed to be the uniter.


The complex analysis is this: Obama is supposed to be the new politics, the new leader, the transcendent one - except when it comes to Hillary (and when it comes to using false accusations of racial offense or racial themes to advance his own campaign.)


CLEARLY OBAMA IS A FRAUD TO HIS OWN CAMPAIGN THEMES. UNBELIEVABLE THAT THE MEDIA HAS NOT CALLED OBAMA OUT ON THIS - HE IS A MINORITY CANDIDATE WHO HAS WON THE NOMINATION BASED ON AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR DELEGATE ALLOCATIONS AND APPORTIONMENTS.


Hillary had more Democratic Votes than Obama - why aren't the Democratic delegates at least tied?


This nomination was stolen from a White Woman based on an Affirmative Action Program.

A White Man has almost no chance to be nominated by the Democratic Party at this point.

If you do not agree with that statement, Ask Biden who has been in the Senate for 35 years and has more experience than anyone - the democratic party starved him for money while millions were going to Hillary, Obama and Richardson AND then very few Democrats wanted to VOTE for who was CLEARLY THE BEST AND MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION SENATOR JOE BIDEN.


Joe Biden - victim of the new Jim Crow Era in the Democratic Party - White Men have no chance.

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Just that a lot of them are college girls. They're still the political geek class of college kid"

Know your audience. I'm willing to bet a lot of people on this site LIKE the political geek class of girls.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

>>Anonymous wrote: "Reading AsperGirl's negative posts have confirmed my earlier fears. Her toys have definitely run out of batteries. She is not happy or satisfied. Someone please send her some batteries for her toys so maybe she will at least have a smile on that face."

Your fixation on me is not even interesting.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Industry professionals report that demand rises for rent-a-date workers during conventions, and more from the republicans than the dems."

If a political convention is like a star trek convention the GOP one would be a star trek convention with over-50 sheltered men with straw hats on!

""If you ever saw the average looks, class, and demeanor of the female Liberal committed Democrats, you would understand. these chicks couln't give it away to a soused Bill clinton."

"committed Democrats" --- anyone who goes and hangs out physically with tons of delegates isn't likely to be scorching hot."

"Heh, you should actually go to one of these Obama gatherings. I've never seen such gorgeous females at anything politically related before. I'd be lying if I didn't say they didn't spur me to get out a little more than I would have otherwise."

Just that a lot of them are college girls. They're still the political geek class of college kid, just that the average looks are a lot higher when girls are still in college. (American girls, that is. European women tend to take care of themselves in middle age better. A lot of American women go downhill after college really quickly).

The density of college girls, IMO was the big attraction at those caucus states, where the college kids planned to flock to the caucus halls and hung around. A lot of young guys were hanging around to be part of the party.

Like people used to go to protests in the 1970's to meet girls.

Maybe Chris could blog for us how the dating prospects on the convention floor look this year, with all those Clinton women, Obama college girls and boys and media/entertainment people blanketing the place.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Reading AsperGirl's negative posts have confirmed my earlier fears. Her toys have definitely run out of batteries. She is not happy or satisfied. Someone please send her some batteries for her toys so maybe she will at least have a smile on that face.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"mark most of the disparaging remarks about HC here at least here, have been personal, just read their language. I cannot recall a post here saying they diasgreed with her stand on healthcare or the economy."

No one disagrees with her positions on these. We disagree with her position that these issues are secondary to her becoming president.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Dear flip flop.
If NOT voting for the war was the main issue... we would be hard pressed to FIND a good candidate.
Joe said his vote was a mistake, Hilly didn't. Simple message.
JJ

Posted by: jersey john | August 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"But Biden runs counter to all of Obama’s justifications for his candidacy. If opposing the Iraq war from the outset was the most important test of judgment in a potential commander-in-chief, Biden failed it, voting for the war (however reluctantly)."

Yeah, I've been saying that any VP pick who voted for the war had better have a damn good explanation as to why he did so. He hasn't been questioned yet, but it will happen real soon.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

mark most of the disparaging remarks about HC here at least here, have been personal, just read their language. I cannot recall a post here saying they diasgreed with her stand on healthcare or the economy. The personal animous started when they dared to question Senator Obama's qualifications and readiness to become POTUS. Many certainly wish it was more over policy differences or how she approached healthcare reform, that would certainly be more understandable but it is impossible to conclude that from some of the comments about HC, Bill, or even Chelsea.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"you mean even better than the Star Trek conventions?"

Say what you will, but you're missing out.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Will Biden help politically? It is said that he will appeal to working-class voters, given his downscale family background. But this is a stretch. Three decades in the Senate is enough to blunt anyone’s everyman appeal, and Biden long ago mastered the art of senatorial pomposity. It is said he could help in Pennsylvania where he has roots. But Obama is supposed to be expanding the electoral map, not working to hold what recently have been reliably Democratic states. Indeed, in this sense Biden is a cautious choice compared to Sen. Evan Bayh, who would have put the bright-red state of Indiana in play, and Gov. Tim Kaine, who would have accented Obama’s outsider “change” message (in other words, he hasn’t accomplished anything either) and perhaps tilted typically Republican Virginia his way.

On the campaign trail, Biden will be an energetic and vivid campaigner, happy to assail John McCain whenever necessary. Yet this trait, too, comes with a downside. Biden famously loves to hear himself talk, a romance stoked by his long tenure in the Senate. This logorrhea has made him a constant fount of gaffes and self-parodic monologues. There is a charm under the rhetorical bloat, but people could be forgiven for missing it. His self-confidence, together with his lack of verbal self-control, could dangerously boost Obama’s already high arrogance and gassiness quotients.

As for the substance, Biden is a typical liberal who has no claim to post-partisanship. He is pro-choice, having flipped from being pro-life in the 1980s. He has opposed — often in cringe-makingly buffoonish performances — constitutionalist nominees to the Supreme Court. His vaunted foreign-policy judgment is seriously flawed. Although he was not as irresponsible as other Democrats in calling for an immediate pullout from Iraq, he opposed the surge and plugged for an unworkable plan to partition the country, one long ago overtaken by events, even though his office was saying as of only a week ago that he still supports it.

The cardinal rule of vice-presidential picks is: Do no harm. It remains to be seen if Biden will meet even this low standard.

Posted by: the editors | August 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

But Biden runs counter to all of Obama’s justifications for his candidacy. If opposing the Iraq war from the outset was the most important test of judgment in a potential commander-in-chief, Biden failed it, voting for the war (however reluctantly). If commitment to “change” is measured in how little time one has spent in Washington, Biden must be a confirmed agent of that status quo. If the “new politics” is characterized by rising above negativity, Biden firmly represents the old politics, since Obama picked him partly because he can be trusted to be a zealous attack dog.

Posted by: more flip-flops, it's all about change | August 25, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"I've never seen such gorgeous females at anything politically related before."

you mean even better than the Star Trek conventions?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Joe, can I call you Dad. I never had anyone really to look up to after Ayers and che. I am so glad to finally have an adult on the ticket and someone with experience.

Can you kindly keep your pitiful attempts at jokes down to fewer than three per day.

Humbly - a clean articulate guy.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 25, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"If you ever saw the average looks, class, and demeanor of the female Liberal committed Democrats, you would understand. these chicks couln't give it away to a soused Bill clinton."

Heh, you should actually go to one of these Obama gatherings. I've never seen such gorgeous females at anything politically related before. I'd be lying if I didn't say they didn't spur me to get out a little more than I would have otherwise.

But I'd still get out there, hah.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

maybe Pelosi will try and sell some of her books tonight. Corsi #1 on the NYT best seller list. Pelosi has only sold about three thousand copies. Big Wow!

Hard to believe huh?

No one wants to buy the book from the worst leader, of the worst Congress in the History of the United States.

Since she won't drill to help us average Americans. maybe she will send out free copies of all that don't sell so we can burn them in our fireplaces this winter. ( If we can stand the odor it may bring ).

Posted by: dano | August 25, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Meet Bambi and the Pit Bull again to face the Old White Man. Pit Bull is a liar claiming he is a Catholic but he is not. He was ex-communicated by Canon Law because he advocates and promotes abortions just like Kerry as he too was an abortionist who failed to get the Catholic vote even though he claimed to be a Catholic. Dems are never able to get it right. They can not stand success and prosperity but must mess it up any way they can. Dems say, "Yes we can mess it up!"

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 25, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Vic,

I know that others have taken you to task for your assertions in the past, but I want to open a discussion with you. In so doing, I will ask for your premises.

Scrivener’s assertion: “Disinformation artists” disparage pro-HRC sentiments
because they know BHO “can’t win”.

Are the persons you characterize as “disinformation artists” Ds or Rs? Are they amateur posters to blogs or are they paid and scripted? Are any of them known to you by name?

Do you concede that some might disparage pro-HRC sentiments because they found HRC to be unable to listen to other voices when she had an office in the West Wing and set the cause of health care back two decades? Do you concede that some might disparage HRC for any of a number of other reasons, political as well as personal?

Or are the disparagers of HRC perhaps aligned with the electronic voting machine industry?

Unless the “disinformation artists” are working for the electronic voting machine industry and the vote is rigged as you have often suggested, they cannot know who will win the election. This is the scenario for all of us who cannot read the future. The predictive value of all the polling has been that the election will be close. We all thought it would be close. Your fave, Gore, ran a close race with GWB, who did not have McC’s credentials, nor McC’s good relationship with the press, nor McC’s general popularity, then or now. “Close” is where we are in America. “Close” is where we would have been with HRC, too, because she brought high positives AND high negatives along with her; you seem aware only of her positives, I might add.

You conclude that in order to win the election the Ds must have a convention that sets aside their presumptive nominee. You desire that to happen, apparently. I would suggest to you the contrary position: the enthusiasm that BHO generated among Ds would be lost, and that loss would be greater than the gain you presume Gore or HRC would generate.

I think, but do not know, that I can find polling that supports this position. Can you provide polling to support yours?

Full disclosure: I gave money to McC and to JB during the primary season. I have not donated to BHO.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | August 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

>>Outside the Box wrote: "Asper-Girl (as in "casting aspersions"?) has confirmed my suspicions: "She" is a man. "Ghetto booty" is a phrase that no self-respecting female would utter, not even a racist female."

It's not a racist slur, but a way some people refer to certain kinds of big butts. It's metro-talk, not intended to be racist. Like some other terms that are more pithy, to refer to women in wealthy So. California towns who are really skinny but have breast augmentations.

It's more efficient to simply use the metro-talk term for "ghetto bootie" than an anatomical description of the features.

It wasn't intended to be racist, more a cultural thing. Like Guns N Religion.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"more from the republicans than the dems."

If you ever saw the average looks, class, and demeanor of the female Liberal committed Democrats, you would understand. these chicks couln't give it away to a soused Bill clinton. In that environment, there is no need to pay for it. Unless you want one that weighs less than you and is more feminine than the guys in the room.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

One would think that one of the benefits of being Democrat during convention season is the relative density of women who are more prepared for fun at the Democratic convention than at the Republican convention.
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Industry professionals report that demand rises for rent-a-date workers during conventions, and more from the republicans than the dems. The sausage fest of the gop is only appealing to a minority of attendees. (Larry - is that you? Nice shoes!)

Posted by: | August 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Asper-Girl (as in "casting aspersions"?) has confirmed my suspicions:

"She" is a man.

"Ghetto booty" is a phrase that no self-respecting female would utter, not even a racist female.

I believe Asper-Girl is neither. But "she" does seem to be working off an agenda.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 25, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

According to the Democrats some of tonights democratic convention presentations will be designed to spark an emotional response. Monday's program includes a speech by Michelle Obama, the candidate's wife...I UNDERSTAND THE DEMOCRATS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA'S SELF-PENNED SPEECH IN WHICH SHE PRAISES THE CITY OF DENVER AND ACKNOWLEDGES THE MAJESTIC BEAUTY OF THE "WHITEY" CAPPED SNOW COVERED ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

Posted by: clyde | August 25, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

One would think that one of the benefits of being Democrat during convention season is the relative density of women who are more prepared for fun at the Democratic convention than at the Republican convention.

However I think that this is a year in which one way to get back at any guy you don't like is to slap a "shut up and get on board" sign on his back and kick him out onto the convention floor during the delegate roll calls.

And speaking of moody women, what person will Michelle Obama be tonight?

Will she talk about how much she loves America? How it's a country full of brave, hardworking and hopeful people? With her husband's political "pragmatism", it's unlikely she will not cover herself with waffles, too.

So only evidence of transformative change we can probably ever expect to see from the Obama camp is the total-woman makeover of the woman America has decided it hates. Expect to see her rhetorical makeover compete from hair style to memes.

Now THAT is change I can believe in.

The Michelle floor show is the one to see, for her personal "change" where she "transcends" her grievance mentality and self-focus.

IMO she won't be pivoting as much as doing grand jettes all over the place. Looks like she's been undergoing serious makeovers, been working out a lot, working with her affect and posture and body language and losing some of that ghetto bootie.

I'm wondering if she can pull off going from the grudge-woman American has come to dislike to projecting First Lady.

It makes a difference when America dislikes a guy's wife.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Preview of Biden's speech:

four score and seven years ago...Oh wait you've heard that one.

don't ask what your country can do for you....darn

The only thing we have to fear.....

Hmmmmm

Posted by: Joe Schmoe | August 25, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I am the One, the messiah, who will usher in a new politics, with lots of bi-partisan agreement and absolutely no sniping or insults.

Unless you try to make any jokes about me, challange me in any way, question my non-stances on any policy or print pictures of me. then I will have an ad produced in less than the time it takes Bill to jump an intern, savagely attacking you.

give me just over two months and I will eventually find a single example of my bipartisan reach around. Until then, you will have to take my word for it.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I have really good judgment, but I decided, I mean judged, that an established Lifer with positions completely opposite of mine would make a good VP.

I am all about change, change change, but chose a guy who has been sitting in congress for his entire life, never winning one significant accomplishment, like me.

I am hoping for the train conducters vote with this pick.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 25, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Michelle is going to wear homer simpson's Mu-mu again or if she picked out something new at the blue light special at K-mart.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Before the rest of the partisan trolls clock in, I feel the need to add to Bouton's praise and note that I enjoyed watching you on CNN this weekend, Chris.

Have a good week in Denver.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"fat old lady helping" their Machiavelian witch, Hillary"

at the beginning of the Convention it is amazing that this is the message from Obama's supporters.

You are correct that the HC Convention Delegates have been bullied to suppport Senator Obama at the Convention; that 5% number has 0 to do with voters on mainstreet and that 28% opposition vote will not budge even by Friday as long as his supporters continue to call her a witch, Machievelian and worse.

Ken,hope you are proud of those pro Obama comments.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What a freakin nightmare these racists on your blog are, CC. I'm surprised you don't boot them off...they are like watching someone p*ss on themselves--disgusting.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yup! Nothing says "uniquely American" like having an Indonesian half-sister named "Soetero-Ng."

That's right --AK, or Racist Pig, whatever you want to call yourself.

Ever hear the term 'melting pot?' probably not -- you don't appear very bright.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Chis,
Michelle Obama is not Ida-mae, from the hills of somewhere, she's a Harvard educated, immensely bright business woman. I have no idea where you come from but she's incredibly cosmopolitan, warm and not what you seem to think she is. I' sure she'll give "ice woman" Cindy McCain something to think about IF the male-domineering Republicans let her speak at their convention.

Posted by: Inquisitor | August 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This election is not about a candidate, rather it is about ending the soft coup by the GOP to overthrow the American democracy. Remember the K Street project that Tom Delay started to silence the voice of any lobbyist who was not Republican? Or the Texas redistricting scandal? or the Valerie Plame outing by the VP's office? or the falsifying intelligence to justify an unnecessary war? or JACK ABRAMOFF'S MANY SCANDALS? and on and on and on. Forget whether it is Obama or Hillary. Just support those who work to end the coup by so called "conservatives" who actually are subversive, traitorous radicals that behave JUST LIKE SOVIET POLITBURO TYPES, NOT LIKE Patriotic Americans who put country before party.

Posted by: enough3 | August 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

IS ANTI-HILLARY HERE REALLY PRO-McCAIN?

The disinformation artists are out in force to disparage and ridicule pro-Hillary sentiments...

Because they know that Obama can't win, and they want to keep it that way.

Check the polls: Obama's lead is gone.

So the Dems are waist-deep in Big Muddy. Do they simply push on, because the Big Fool says so?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-w-vic-livingston-joebama-cant-save-dems-ticket-now-only-hillary-can

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 25, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"The speakers -- ranging from Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, to his wife, Michelle -- not only will reintroduce Obama to voters but will seek to cast his life story as uniquely American."

Yup! Nothing says "uniquely American" like having an Indonesian half-sister named "Soetero-Ng." That won't remind everyone that Barack Hussein Obama used to be named Barry Soetero and was listed as a Muslim in his Indonesian school records or anything. Good job, O-tards!

Posted by: AK | August 25, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

You so called adults really need to grow up.

Posted by: Cathy Underwood | August 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The numbers in that NYTimes/CBS Poll show that the numbers of people within the group that actually are most likely to know the dfferences and issues that are defecting against the nominee...(if you extrapolate that number and add some of these random national polls into the mix to swell it)

...looks actually lower than it was for Bill Clinton going into the Democratic Convention in 92.


This has all been the hangover from an extended primary...but when it is resolved these defections are not even going to be close to out of the ordinary.

It has all been (as was said below)an interesting narrative for news cycles.

Posted by: dl | August 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Have they published a schedule? I'm looking for the time Mrs Obama is expected to speak. thanks in advance.

Posted by: bsimon | August 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Gang

Look at the new CBS NYT poll

5 %...yes only 5 % of Clinton supporters at the convention said they would vote against Obama.

That is why they won't end up with a roll call. It would be embarrassing because people would suddenly realize ...that many people are let down...it is similar to almost all past elections where until the convention there is always a small group of people that are a little off their kilter in the mental department on all sides...that drive this kind of thing...

but slowly adults start to realize...

"that person is on my side...that person is a whack job" lol

as we are seeing with these angry PUMA people and most people who care about this country and who actually know the isues are distancing themselves.

5% left saying they would vote against obama at this Convention...

think about it compared to the news stories... think has something to do with an interesting narractive...lol and less about the truth of this "division" at the convention?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats should be embarrassed of Obama.
He has shown racism, sexism and has slapped the Clintons in the face.
How could anyone be proud of this man?
Remember Wright, his mentor?
Louis Farrakhan's :20,000 Nation of Islam worshipers?
Now we have Ayers and Rezko as associations from his past?

Stop with worrying about the race factor. Worry about our countries leader as a far out radical with anti American supporters.

Posted by: Al from NJ | August 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 25, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Piss off, Karl.

Posted by: Joe Biden | August 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"Cheat sheet"? That is appropriate given Joe Biden's plagiarism.

Posted by: Karl | August 25, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The Dem Establishment propped up a newbie senator for the sole purpose of keeping Hillary off the prez ticket.
The fix was in for Obama - assisted by the Media Establishment - longgggg before the primary began.

PUMA

Dems for McCain - NO Hussein!

Posted by: zazzle | August 25, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

>>>The potential first lady....must make the case for why her husband is ready and able to be president

After Obama has campaigned for 1 1/2 years - and been hyped by the corporate media 24/7 - shouldn't the American people already know this?

PUMA!

Posted by: JoseyJ | August 25, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you always deliver interesting stuff. Thanks!! This is so exciting. This will be on my mind, and I know there will be much to say on news channels. This has to be recorded.

Thanks Chris!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The irony here is that the fat old lady and soft boi contingent (aka PUMA's) who think they're somehow "helping" their Machiavelian witch, Hillary, are in fact forever burning her chances to be the Democratic nominee or Senate majority leader. You people are incredibly naive, not to mention ignorant as hell.

Posted by: Ken | August 25, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama looks like an empty slimy fish affirmative action suit next to Biden - the democratic party has completely lost its mind to collectively select Obama over Biden in the primaries this year.


A joke I say.


The democratic party is so lost over their selection process this year that the country should decide that the democratic party itself is unfit to govern anything - at any level of government.

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 25, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

SincereTexan,

I have read Michelle Robinson's senior thesis at Princeton and it was, for me, so boring that it put me to sleep. I suppose that would be worth an apology.

I have maintained a copy on my laptop and have sent it to friends on request. If you really want to read it yourself and judge whether it is either racist or inflammatory, leave a dummy email address -pick one from yahoo or gmail- and let me know here at "The Fix" and I will send you the material.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | August 25, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama is too young and inexperienced to be President - Obama looks really weak next to Biden - Biden has 35 years in the Senate - if you take out the book tour Obama has 35 days in the Senate.


The Contrast is INCREDIBLE.

This is like a bad futuristic horror novel.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"Stand By Our Man"

Yes, stand by our men. (Military) I hope the candidate we elect has the strength, wisdom and intelligence to do this.

"I could care less listening to Democrat Michelle, unless she apologizes for the Thesis she wrote in college. She was insulting, condeming and hurting the white race. This is not a whitehouse desirable. This was found on Snopes.com and showed status: to be true.

We all make mistakes. I hope she is woman enough to admit it.

Posted by: sinceretexan | August 25, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

It's all about Michelle Obama tonight. She needs to be the first to retool Barack's image into a softer and more personal story. Then maybe voters will get it.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 25, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Boutan, pls contact me at

mark_in_austin@operamail.com.

All will be explained!

Posted by: MarkInAustin | August 25, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mrs. Obama will address Dianne72 and tell a funny story about the family's cute little Maltese puppy, "Whitey".

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Thanks in advance for your hard work over the coming days Chris.

No doubt the crazies will start their mindless ranting soon... so let me just say before you get disheartened that this blog is loved all the way over here in Australia, where I will be relying on it for the inside word on the convention over the coming days.

Bring it on! (As a certain President once said...)

Posted by: Boutan | August 25, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

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