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August 25th, 2008
05:54 PM ET

What’s a successful convention for Democrats?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If ever there was a chance for a resounding victory, the Democrats certainly have it. Look anywhere… Americans are fed up. Fed up with war, illegal immigration, a lack of affordable health care, rising inflation, unemployment, etc. They can't stand President Bush. The Republican nominee is a Bush clone – 26 years in the Senate, John McCain has voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time.

But the polls all suggest this is going to be close. Why? Is it that Obama's a comparative unknown? You wouldn't think so after the long Democratic primary battle. Is it because he's black? Maybe. Whatever the reasons, the Democrats are a long way from winning the White House in an election that should be a slam dunk for them.

All eyes will be on the Democratic Convention for the next few days to see if the party can right itself and head into the campaign stretch that matters with some momentum. There is the "Clinton" factor, of course… but you would think even her most ardent supporters would opt for one of their own. In the end, maybe they will. But we don't know that yet.

It's worth noting that no Democrat has ever come out of a fractured convention to win the presidency. So the pressure is definitely on. After the conventions, opinions begin to solidify and choices made are hard to undo the closer we get to November.

Here’s my question to you: What will constitute a successful convention for the Democrats?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jan from New York writes:
One where the Clintons ride off into the sunset never to appear again on the Democratic stage. One where Hillary and her idiotic supporters admit she ran a very bad campaign and they finally take responsibility for their own actions and performance. I doubt I will see this in my lifetime.

Susan from New York writes:
They need a clear message that even those who are traditionally against Democrats can understand. A message that states how to fix the economy and how to chart our country's future free of special interest groups and Middle Eastern insanity because of our thirst for oil.

Gord from Boston writes:
A successful convention will be if the voting public doesn't notice that in a year so favorable to the Democratic Party that they could have nominated a ham sandwich, they actually did.

Melissa from Pennsylvania writes:
I think a successful convention is one that leaves supporters of Hillary Clinton at ease. We need to know that we can put our trust in Obama, as we have in her. The race is closer now than anyone thought it would be. In order to beat McCain, he needs us. In order to get our trust, we need to see more of what he's about.

Gerald writes:
A successful convention would be to see the Clintons take a back seat and quit acting like spoiled royalty. I supported Bill Clinton and he was one of the truly great presidents in my life. I respect Senator Clinton but the people spoke and she has to take it like a lady.

John writes:
Hearing the words "Bush recession" and "Bush lied us into a war" repeated every day of the convention. Good speeches by Bill, Hillary, and Al Gore would also help.

Greg from Pennsylvania writes:
If the power went out for a week in Denver, that would be fantastic!


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Victoria

    Ha, one where Hillary is prohibited from attending.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  2. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Okay. The super delegates read their internal polling data and realize that Obama can not beat McCain (for example, PA and NJ are reportedly in great doubt). They then switch for Hillary, who CAN win, they nominate her and Biden and then we can win in November.

    But I suspect that they will choose political correctness over victory in November. How unspeakably sad.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Jayne

    A successful convention will be beating back the media generated Clinton issue and showing party unity. It should be obvious that Hillary "supporters" who would vote for McCain and risk the overturning of Roe v. Wade are not true Democrats, nor are they true supporters of Hillary Clinton. They are either paid Republican shills or very stupid people. If their vote puts McCain in office, I hope their kids are ready for the draft.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  4. Jim in British Columbia

    The knives have been washed and put away. The Clintons have convinced they are truly on board, and the PUMAs have been quieted.

    PS. My wife and I have finished reading your book, Jack. We enjoyed getting to know you a bit more and we recommend it to all those who enjoy your 'crankyness' and learn from your insights. Good Job. J&P.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  5. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It will be one which ends with solid unity among the party and the idiot PUMAs regain their senses before it is too late to save the country from a bushocracy.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  6. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The markers of success at the convention would be a tapering off of visibility for the Clintons and the absence of Hillary signs.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Frank from Peterborough

    The best thing for the Democratic Convention would be if Bill and Hillary would come clean and admit they made some campaign gaffs that cost them the nomination and that the Obama campaign and/or the DNC weren't responsible for their loss.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  8. Scott from Bend, Oregon.

    Obviously, the dems need to show some unity and the diehard Clinton supporters need to get into the fight and get into it with a vengeance. Preseason is over and the game is really on now. I would also like to see Biden, the new democratic attack dog, get started on McCain about his ability to keep his word/vows.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Rosalynd Florida

    The Clintons stop blaming Obama for their loss and show true support for his nomination.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  10. Mary CT

    A surprise nominee.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Brian - Trinidad

    The Democrat convention will be a success if the name "Obama" name is mentioned more in the media reports than the name "Clinton". So far, things are not working out that way.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Ted from Beaverton, OR

    Coming out of it as Democrats united.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  13. John, Fort Collins, CO

    A successful convention hinges on how the Clintons handle their role. If Hillary and Bill are able to seamlessly transfer the focus and loyalty of her supporters to Barack Obama, then retreat from center stage, there will be huge momentum for the Democratic ticket. If not, 2008 will be remembered as the disaster in Denver.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Sam from Philadelphia, PA

    I'll let you know if the convention was successful in two months and ten days.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Avoiding riots in the streets.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  16. Dori in AZ

    Remember the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Jack?

    We'd lost Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy that year. President Johnson's reputation was in the toilet. The divisions over the Vietnam War were ripping us to shreds. Going into that convention, we had a major split in the Democratic party. The atmosphere was pure chaos, and the battles between Chicago police and anti-war protesters added violence!

    What did we get out of that, Jack? The Chicago Seven. Hubert Humphrey as the weakened nominee. And, the Democrats wound up losing the presidential election to the infamous Richard Nixon.

    Given the current split and messes in the Democratic party and the country, anything better than that will be a success....

    August 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Jes (State College, PA)

    Oprah has Dr. Phil talk to Hillary on the convention floor during the Oprah Show.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Deb, Allentown, PA

    It will be successful if Bill puts away his ego and says the right things. It will be successful if Hillary tells people that she didn't want to be vetted for VP and that she has agreed to hold the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services under an Obama administration. And lastly, it will be successful if both Obama and Biden take off the gloves and give a mighty smackdown to McCain.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    A successful convention will be that the Secret Service and law enforcement prevent any blood shed. Too many people have died that didn't play their part with the Clintons. And Bill and Hillary certainly aren't doing the happy dance.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  20. pete in ny

    One in which they successfully hide their policies and personalities from the Great American Public. For example:

    One in which Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres , Tony R and the Rev Pfleger are not mentioned on air.

    One in which they pretend that Obama did not oppose measures to save dying babies as an Illinois legislator and that he does not support Partial Birth Abortion.

    One in which the phrase 'above my pay grade" is not used by any anchor.

    One is which people do not draw a parallel between Jimmy Carter and Obama on foreign policy or on energy policy.

    One in which Obama's debate position that taxes should be for "fairness" instead of raising revenue is not noted.

    In short any convention which focuses on unspecified good things to come from God's gift to the nation (per Rep. Pelosi) and which praises hope as a reason for support him( with Biden as VP change is no longer an actionable theme.)

    Personally I'm glad that the Yanks are playing the Red Sox this week so I won't have to watch!

    August 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Successful if they don't self-destruct.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  22. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    Success means the National Guard was not called into Denver to resolve the bloodbath in the Pepsi Center...

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  23. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Must have party unity. The PUMAs have to step back and Hillary has to control the frenzy. This whole thing with her is nonsense. Is she the only woman in the world? And, exactly how much experience does she have? What I saw was some exaggerated overblown quotes from her, like in Bosnia. She has no Foriegn Policy experience except to accept some flower from a little girl. WOW.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  24. Allen L Wenger

    Not endorsing Senator McCain for president.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  25. David From Washington, D.C.

    If your expecting everyone to sing around the camp fire in total peace, forget it. I would like for this convention to be different from all others without the back door, smoke filled room deals that have cost the party the White House in times past. The Democratic Party has a grand opportunity to capture the White House and restore the reputation of American values around the world.

    As democrats we should cork the bickering and unleash the whipping of a life time on the Republican Party. Vote Obama

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  26. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, A sincere display of UNITY!! The Democrats should have an unbeatable team. If not, than all I can say is that too many of the American people are still stunningly stupid!!!!!

    Louise Indiana

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  27. Greg from Mechanicsburg PA

    It will be a success if Hillary and Bill Clinton convince her supporters that they really didn't mean it when they said that only she and McCain were qualified to be president and that they know for a fact that Obama is not a Muslim.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  28. Nancy - Jackson, GA

    The Convention will be successful if those involved leave their ego and hubris at the front door. This is time to show the American people what true leadership is about and how the Democratic ticket can help to improve the quality of life for the citizens of this great country.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  29. Dan, Maryland

    Simple, Hillary needs to get ALL of her supporters on board. She will be judged (right or wrong) on her ability to elect Barack Obama president. The question is what do Hillary supporters want her legacy to be? That Jack is what's at stake.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  30. John, Winston Salem, NC

    The success of the convention will have a lot to do with Hillary's supporters. Some of them still don't understand that Obama is Christian, and that he cares for America. Some of Hillary's followers I'm almost sure they're racist. It's a sad reality! I know one thing. We need to stop this republican mess!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  31. Betsy in MO

    If all the Democrats stay there!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  32. Greg, PA

    If the power went out for a week in Denver that would be fantastic!!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  33. janjan

    One where the definition of a democracy is read first.
    One where we are reminded that its one man one vote
    One where we are reminded that the person that gets the most votes is the winner,
    The Winner
    Just because you have been denied by the glass ceiling in your professional life does not mean you let it overflow into your politics.
    It's hard to believe that these brilliant women have been so easily dupped.
    janjan
    cherry hill, new jersey

    August 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  34. David

    If they can get out of this thing without Bill Clinton making an ass of himself.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  35. Tom Huntington, NY

    The election of Barack Obama by an 8 to 10 point margin in November would constitute a sucessful convention for me. I will however settle for any victory bt Obama.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  36. Rosemary, New York, NY

    Hillary getting the PUMAs under control before the networks cover their bad behavior.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  37. Theresa, NY

    A successful convention will be one that:

    A – keeps Bill from saying something too embarassing.
    B – keeps Hillary from calling Obama her "opponent"
    C – Will have good one liners the media will run for weeks to come
    D – Will finally let all those who complain they "don't know Obama" a chance to know Obama...

    August 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  38. L.M.,Arizona

    What democrats have to do is come out with precise ideas like withdrawal from Iraq,a health care program,a energy policy that favors plans for renewable fuels, a enconomic plan,Bush tax cuts has to go,and as long as they say exactly what they are going to do let the republicans attack it but stick to what they say.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  39. J. Meadowbrook

    Jack, you've got one of the most intelligent , well researched educational sites available, I compliment you. Now, if only the rest of our country would learn to read and research information properly. Why don't you write a an article about the history of conventionsand the elections and send it to Senator Clinton so that she can start to do something for her country?

    August 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  40. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, SC

    A 2-3 point rise in the polls. The Hilary supporters understanding that McCane is the enemy of freedom, especially for women and children. A united front against the idea of four more years that would be 95% Bush again.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  41. Martin Toronto Canda

    If everyone returns home safe and sound.

    The political results of the convention are a foregone conclusion.
    The convention is just an expensive display to convince everyone that the Democrats have the solutions to each and every problem, that the Party is unified and that everone loves everyone. (Even Bill loves Hillary!)
    Just put them in power for four years, and we all will be living in Heaven on Earth.

    You buy it? Neither do I.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  42. Alan, Buxton Maine

    They cannot have a successful convention. They are far too divided and have no real way to come together. Hillary is intent on somehow winning the nomination, far too many will simply not vote for a black man and they have no united platform. Democrats are famous for pulling defeat from the jaws of victory and seem about to do it again.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  43. Pugas-AZ

    If the riot police don't have to show up.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  44. Derek

    What the democrats need to have as a successful convention is to make sure that they are sending the right message that: McCain will continue the same policies as Bush, We as democrats will no longer tolerate anything that has negatively affected this country and we can make it better, and We provide a better future for everyone than the Republicans who care nothing more about money and business. Another key is that the Clintons speak the right message that Obama and Biden are the right people to lead this country in the right direction and that they are ready. The last key is for Obama to speak truly from his heart as he has shown during the primaries. He has given amazing speeches in the past, but if he completely delivers his best Thursday, a lot of people will have a lot of thinking to do to realize what is best for our nation and to move on in a completely positive direction that Obama has done the last 18 months.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  45. Shafi Alam

    The democrats getting whole heartedly united will constitute a successful convention. Now to get united Hillary’s willingness to release her delegates will definitely help. Bill in his speech should be especially careful to show that he was the president by the support of the democrats. He has still a lot to pay back. He should care more for what the general people who voted for him with ‘Hope’ think about him. Bill has to go extra mile in trying to restore the feelings of people about democrats.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  46. lynne from lattimore, nc

    One where Senator Clinton and Former President Clinton realize that it isn't about them and stop whining like spoiled children, get the party together before the country is being run by another out of touch, pretentious clone of Bush.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  47. James, NC

    Unity. The Democrats have forgotten how badly the Republican party as mishandled foreign policy, the economy, Katrina, and the national infrastructure. The party needs major turnout in order to be able to overcome Republican opposition to changing healthcare, or healing our ailing nation.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  48. Joe St Louis, MO

    Jack,

    This one can only be answered by the folks that go there to cry foul. I hope they will grasp the reality here and see that this was not a sports game but an election. We voted, Barack won. Truth be told Jack I would rather you were on the ticket. That said, we need to come out in force and vote for the person who will represent what we Democrats believe in in the Gerneral Election.

    Joe

    St Louis,MO

    August 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  49. Carole S.C.

    Tonight Sen. Kennedy tells everyone to please come together as a party and win this one for him. If they won't listen to him and Caroline tonight, then nothing Barack can say will help

    Michelle has the strength to get thru all of this under grace.

    Also Bill should give the speech he is comfortable with. If it is good and convincing, that will be inspiring.

    I have no doubt Hillary and Barack will do an excellent job.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  50. mel ohio

    Keeping the Clintons off of center stage would my gauge for judging how successful the convention was!!!!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  51. Gale, New York

    If they can get through it without either Clinton undercutting Obama, without the left wing being too obvious and without Obama coming across as a great orator who is light on specifics, the Democrats may just save themselves and this country.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  52. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I'm afraid you are asking for the impossible. This is the same self-destructive bunch of nit-wits that couldn't get the war stopped, or Bush impeached, or the Constitution upheld, or the Clintons muzzled, or the economy turned around. It's too bad that Obama has to rely on such a disjointed and ineffectual party to support him. This convention is going to be painful to watch, because you just know there is a train wreck coming but there is no way to stop it.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  53. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    A successful convention would include the moment where Barack Obama finally realizes that he needs to go after John McCain in his stump speeches and stop being the only one playing by the rules! Start defining McCain and his party for what they are, they can't be distinguished from the rest of Republicans and they can't be let off the hook for their failures of the last eight years from the lost war, to the economy to Katrina, we need to remind Americans what we're up against!

    August 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  54. el-tee

    Jack - The only way the Democrats can have a successful convention is to have the various cable news networks declare it so!. With such intense efforts on their part to determine what could possibly happen and ask the same questions day-in-and-day-out means they are the most insightful. Should the Democrats perform nearly flawlessly there will always comments here and there that they could have done better. Ergo; the opening statement of this correspondence. El-Tee from the lower right hand corner of ND

    August 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  55. Valerie - North Carolina

    A successful campaign will be when the American people see that John McCain is the past and Barack Obama is the future.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  56. Marge

    The party will come together but their will be bitterness because of the Obama camp supporters. Obama does not like to lose but if he does not bring in the flock then the republicans will run our country for the next for years and God help us. This country will be in a sprial of disstruction.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  57. Jacki Gansch

    This will be a successful Democratic convention if the party becomes unified and enthusiastic about our candidates. It wouldn't hurt if Obama broke the news that he intends to nominate Hillary for Supreme Court Justice when a seat becomes available, and then Hillary enthusiastically accepts! Hillary has to do everything she can to convince her supporters to support the Democratic Party and to stop being so childish about giving their vote to McCain! If they support McCain, so be it. But how can anyone who supported Hillary now say they will vote for McCain?? Sour, sour grapes. The Republicans must be laughing their heads off.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  58. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Hillary doesn't start talking about her 18 million supporters like she's the nominee.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  59. Terry, Chandler AZ

    One word Jack: UNITY. The democrats must unify in full support of Barak Obama. This includes the PUMAs.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  60. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Hillary should get her due as a woman that has come farther than any woman in history. That she almost won. She then must somehow convince her delegates that for the good of this Country they must elect Obama...that no one is forcing her to say that and she truly believes it. Bill must do what he does so well and give an inspiring speech that shows that the President who gave us peace and prosperity believes in Obama and wants him to return this Country to what it can be. And then Barack must close the deal on Thursday.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  61. Marge

    No we are worse off today. Costs for food, utilities, gasoline has skyrocked.
    Libraries are being closed. Services in the towns and cities are being reduced. God help us when they start reducing medicare and medicade benefits for those that are in such need. Wake up Americans and stop being status quo.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  62. Papo

    A convention with the Clinton Basher left out side the door. To bring unity to the party the party has to extend a welcome sign out side the door to all party members.

    Carol

    August 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  63. Curtis from California

    A successful convention for the Democrats is if they can make a strong case that George Bush's policies were responsible for the downshift in the economy. Then the federal reserve tried to artificially float the economy with lower and lower interest rates. The final result is the destruction of the dollar that we see every day, at the gas station and grociery store. Oil's not more expensive, the dollars worth less. More McCain will make it Worthless. One House One Spouse – Obama/Biden 2008!

    August 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  64. Marsha Lee

    If, once everyone has had their say, democrats unite on the last day behind Barack Obama (including the Hillary supporters), then we will have had a successful convention.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  65. Talbot New York

    A successful convention would be one where Democrats are aware of–and convey–what an amazing team Obama and Biden make. Obama is charismatic beyond all comprehension. He won states where virtually no black people live. And Biden is the real deal. I may not be thrilled with his associations with credit card companies, but he's really done everything Hilary claims to have done, such as international diplomacy. If Hilary had Biden's resume and he had hers, discussions over who's qualified to be VP would never even have started.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  66. Eric, Brentwood CA

    Unity. Hillary and Barack need to make it very clear that they are on the same side of the issues, and the McCain is not. Also, Barack needs to show the American people who he is and what he stands for, maybe that way more people will finally drop this nonsense that he's not "fundamentally American".

    August 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  67. Kent, Illinois

    It'll be successful if the Dems will decide to vote for their party instead of against it. Unify already. The GOP don't like McCain, but they stand by him anyway............

    August 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  68. Will, Windham, Maine

    I'm surprised at you Jack, with all of the other woes, you forgot to mention that since 2006 we have been subject to the whims of the democratic congress we elected. We got the change we asked for...a do nothing congress.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  69. Nancy, Tennessee

    No chance for a successful convention for the Dems. Barack Obama doesn't have the experience it takes to unify the party and that speaks volumes about his ability to lead the country. He has shown by leaving Hillary off the Vice President short list that he doesn't know how to negotiate. Everyone wants Hillary to unify the party, but that's Barack's job now. He has a tough job ahead of him now that he has alienated 18 million voters.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  70. JOHN WILSON

    A successful convention for the democrats will be one that tell the American people where John McCain stands on trade, Iraq, healthcare and taxes. Then tell where Obama stands on these issues. The Republicans are good at using smoke and mirrors, the only way to beat them is to go straight at them. Keep the focus on issues and we should be fine.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  71. Anca from Los Angeles, CA

    A successful democratic convention is one that leads to the election of Obama as president. I guess we'll have to wait until the general elections to find out.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  72. Haimson

    A 6+ point bump in the polls.

    August 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  73. Dave Reeves, Port Alberni, British Columbia

    There is really only one definition of success – a united party!

    And with this unity they should they should be able to paint a vivid picture of the last eight years under George W. Bush.

    And believe me, it has truly been an ugly picture for the vast majority of Americans.

    If the Democrats cannot accomplish those two simple tasks, the American people should take a serious look at the leadership of this party and/or start looking around for a third party – hopefully one that can get the job done!

    August 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  74. Ray Mathis

    If they can manage to actually get the truth about Obama and his positions on the issues and plans for the country out to the undecided voters of the country, and push back against the tremendous amount of misinformation perpetuated by emails, bloggers, websites, and conservative talkers who dominate the public air waves of this country, and the negative 527 group commercials that are certainly to come. Not to mention what the Republicans and McCain campaign say about him. Politics has always been a nasty business, but it's really gotten even uglier since the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated.

    August 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  75. Debbie Scott

    The way to unite the Democratic party is for fans of Hilary Clinton, who would have indeed been a good candidate, to understand that she will not be the candidate,For those who, out of spite, vote for McCain are simply demonstrating that they do not understand the ramifications of 4 more years of the same. Senator Clinton has got to be mortified that this childishness is going on in her name. The lady has more class...let's support her in her current wishes and unite for everything she and Senator believe in. This is critical!

    August 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  76. Belle

    A successful convention for the Democrats is if the Hillary supporters stop whining and get behind the winner. I for one supported Hillary but I am so over it! We can do more together if we work on getting a Democrat back in the office and stop the Republican machine from destroying this country any further...

    Belle in Florida

    August 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |