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Democratic National Convention: News and Pundit Roundup

What does everybody else covering the convention have to say about it?


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stephley stephley 8 years
How does a decades-old prisoner-of-war experience qualify someone to be President of the United States? McCain's the one who keeps tossing that out, no matter how unrelated to the question at hand (How many houses do you have?).
piper23 piper23 8 years
"Yes, but I think the Obama thing is more of a biographical thing brought up when he's being described or his life story is being discussed...I may be mistaken, but I don't remember him or his campaign using it ad nauseum to excuse every gaffe and mistake he and his campaign have made." Hey, Jude, I totally get what you're saying and I agree with you. The point I was making is that since Barack's resume is so...lacking, you hear "community activist from south side blah, blah, blah" a lot because that's pretty much all he has done. He's a former state senator and a one term US Senator and he's been campaigning for President the last 18 months of that term. So "Community Activist" is his story and he's sticking to it.
janneth janneth 8 years
CSPAN, good idea. I do like Keith O on MSNBC though.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I really like Brian Schweitzer. I'd heard him on radio interviews but, I didn't know he had so much personality. Well Hillary is about to speak. I hope it goes well.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I was so surprised listening to the pundits on MSNBC and CNN. They were complaining that no one was going after McCain or the republicans. What? Maybe if the stopped talking to each other, they could listen to what the actual speakers are saying. Kucinich, Patrick, Nepolitano, and many more all attacked McCains postitions and talked about the differences between McCain and Obama. But, more importantly they talked about what an Obama/Biden administration would do. What they would bring to this country. The networks have decided how this convention will be presented to their viewers and it saddens me.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
CNN is only featuring there own pundits and personalities. Boring. Thanks for the CSpan heads up. :)
piper23 piper23 8 years
Even though they aren't showing most of the speeches, apparently most people are watching Fox News because they beat CNN last night by over 300,000 viewers and MSNBC by over one million. Wow. First night coverage of the Democratic National Convention. I wonder if that means that more conservatives are watching the convention or perhaps liberal and conservatives are watching Fox in order to get better coverage. Cause I think its better coverage and apparently a lot of other people do too.
stephley stephley 8 years
I was just reading about how the nets are being selective about which speeches they show - thanks for the CSPAN heads up, Liliblu.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
What network coverage is everyone watching? A friend told me to switch to CSPAN. I'm glad I did. All the speeches are being shown. Ann Richards daughter just addressed the crowd. Denis Kucinich is up now. I've rather listen to the actual convention speakers than the talking heads.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
*I do want to clarify, however, that one thing I really like about the conservatives and McCain supporters over here on Citizen is that they tend to have well-reasoned and thought-out reasons for supporting him, not just the old "he's a war hero, therefore he must make a great president" stuff.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yes, but I think the Obama thing is more of a biographical thing brought up when he's being described or his life story is being discussed...I may be mistaken, but I don't remember him or his campaign using it ad nauseum to excuse every gaffe and mistake he and his campaign have made? A blog I read somewhere else sums it up perfectly for me:
until America becomes immunized to McCain's annoying and ever-present fallback line that, he believes, entitles him not only to freedom from being criticized, challenged, or questioned, but also to some sort of express ride straight into the White House. Are we simply supposed to issue him the Oval Office keys as a consolation prize for his Hanoi Hilton years because we feel sorry for him or something? Should we shrug off the daily cheapening of the ordeal of a prison-of-war, especially in view of what far more recent victims endured at our hands at Abu Ghraib during a war John McCain pushed from the earliest moments? And as Wesley Clark recently noted - does a decades-old prisoner-of-war experience automatically qualify someone to be President of the United States?
Mary Lyon: A Noun, A Verb, And P.O.W.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Guess so.
stephley stephley 8 years
Apparently being 'proactive' is harder for some people than I thought.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I know what you mean, Steph. If I have to hear one more time about Obama being "a community activist from the South Side of Chicago who just paid off his student loans" - I'm going to be physically ill. I mean enough is enough already.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Agreed, steph. Over the weekend, I noticed the two attack ads that started airing last week. One of them was the "Don't Vote For Obama Because His VP Pick Was Critical Of Him." The other was the "Don't Vote For Obama Because He Didn't Pick Hillary As V.P. Because She Was Critical Of Him." My head was spinning. Now there's yet another "exploit party divisions" attack ad out? I can't take this anymore! ;)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
McCain also joked with Leno about his age and eventually did detail the homes Cindy owns. (I'm fairly certain he doesn't own any.)
janneth janneth 8 years
Jay Leno asked him last night, "OK, for a million dollars, how many houses do you own?" McCain went into a long thing about how he was in a POW camp for 5 years and did not have even one house much less a table or chair. What a bad experience, of course, but I agree, keep the "POW references to a minimum."
stephley stephley 8 years
I think it's time for a "Why Would Anyone Vote FOR Me" Contest for John McCain. Contestants could create an ad that offers reasons why McCain should be president -- and not why someone else shouldn't. Extra points for the contestant who keeps POW references to a minimum.
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