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DNC Coverage: Hour 1

Friday, August 29, 2008

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Daily Kos blogger and author of Taking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era, and Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, wrap up the week's events.

Then
Brooke Gladstone, host of WNYC's On The Media, discusses the media coverage during the convention.

Then
Musician Steve Earle gives his impressions of the convention from a singer/songwriter's perspective. Catch Steve Earle next month performing at Judson Memorial Church in New York, September 22nd through 26th.

The official Steve Earle website

Then
WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein react to Barack Obama's speech last night.

Guests:

Andrea Bernstein, Steve Earle, Brooke Gladstone, Bob Hennelly, Susan Page and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga

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Comments [149]

Bob from NYC

Brian
How could you put that Daily Kos Hate Monger on. Just read some of the crap that the daily kos is saying about Gov. Palin's young son.

Aug. 30 2008 11:16 PM
ms. smidley

2008 Basic (presidential) math

1 Republican woman = 1 Democratic black man.
Or
-1 Democratic woman +1 Republican one = >1.

How offensive of McCain!

Aug. 29 2008 08:40 PM
barry from Manhattan

Well eva sure we can talk about the US debt but that would be off topic for the whole discussion of Obama's speech.
And yes China is buying out debt, in par because we are doing the heavy lifiting in the ME.
Most of the oil from the ME goes to China, it is their Oil,
as we move forward you can be sure that China will begin to invest in exporting secutiry to oil and commodoties rich areas of the world (like they are now in Africa) SO
Now can we discuss Obamas plan for our Future. aka what do you think about Nukes?
France has em by the bunches, I agree with Obama so should we.
What do you think?

Aug. 29 2008 03:14 PM
seth from Long Island

#157 Ron Poole-Dayan,

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you're correct about the Palin pick.

Aug. 29 2008 01:30 PM
Ron Poole-Dayan from Bronx

Palin is a failed gamble:
- it neutralized GOP's main criticism about Obama
- It will be seen clearly as what it is: a GIMMICK!

Aug. 29 2008 12:40 PM
Gary Krasner from NYC

My comment below was intended as constructive advice. Anytime I offer constructive advice on the phone with your personnel at the station, they always suggest I post it on your blog. Well, this post below was the first time I took that advice, and apparently it had been removed---for reasons I cannot fathom. --Gary

Dear Brian Lerher

Look over the 100 comments above. Are the any you feel really must be archived for history? I don't. I feel you get the quality of commentary you ask for. And you are asking for the same dumbed-down responses from man-in-the-street interviewers from cable news to Jay Leno.

Since I don't complain without offering a solution, here is my solution:

1. Permit comments that a greater in length.

2. Moderate by content. Front load the commentaries with greatest substance, so one doesn't have to plow through superfluous crap to get to something worth reading.

With all due respect.

Aug. 29 2008 12:24 PM
jtt from nyc

bob,

silly walks was cleese.

Aug. 29 2008 12:02 PM
mc from Brooklyn

OMG, I have to sign off now, just when it's getting interesting.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Aug. 29 2008 11:57 AM
hjs from 11211

seth
i'm waiting for her Jeanine Pirro moment.
where's page 10

Aug. 29 2008 11:56 AM
Mary from New York

ONE of my thoughts about the evening was the juxtaposition of the Bamadrones touting the new grassroots movement of small contributors against the lavish costly extravaganza style event they paid for with those $10 and $20 contributions. It makes me think of great cathedrals built for the peasants. Hey, but that's just me.

Aug. 29 2008 11:49 AM
seth from Long Island

#91 hjs

I think Palin wins the Biden/Palin debate. Think of the expectations game. Everyone knows Biden, knows his many yrs of experience. Unless, Palin is a stumbling, bumbling idiot, she wins the expectations game.

Biden will be on a leash emotionally to guard against accusations of sexism. As a result, he'll appear stilted and inauthentic to the pundits and viewers who know Biden to be fiery and emotional.

Aug. 29 2008 11:44 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Sean #148,
My feeling exactly. This is one of the disappointments I had with the speech. Please. "Clean coal" is so energy inefficient that it is a zero sum game. Nuclear? I have too many concerns that have not been adequately addressed. I did not hear about any new sources. Did you?

Aug. 29 2008 11:44 AM
Lori from Kensington

This micro body language guest is self-promotional and embarrassing. Reminds me of when Mark Penn visited and talked about micro-trends. Superficial and sort of obvious, isn't it?

Aug. 29 2008 11:43 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Brooklyn

Also -- this is a present to the embattled Alaska Republican Party. Earlier this week Democrats -- who are barely competitive statewide in Alaska -- were licking their chops at the prospect of running a popular Anchorage mayor against the corrupt incumbent, Ted Stevens. Obama's historic fundraising totals -- the first quarter-billion dollar candidate -- and the inclusion of third party stalwart Bob Barr has placed Obama statistically within the margin of error in recent polls in the Alaska. That was an incredible sentence to write (Democrats winning Alaska?!). Plus: Obama has been running campaign commercials -- unusual for a Democrat -- throughout the state thanks to his massive campaign stash. Those commercials will now come to naught as Palin has, percentagewise, an in-state popularity in the 80s.

Finally, Palin secures the base. It is, to a degree, a triumph of Rush Limbaugh, who has been pushing for Palin for a while.

http://ronmwangaguhunga.blogspot.com

Aug. 29 2008 11:30 AM
Harold Sjursen from Brooklyn

How could your guest today (from the Wall Street Journal) when discussing issues in Alaska characterize the environment as a "micro-issue" without any challenge from you?!

Aug. 29 2008 11:30 AM
bobby from

thanks hjs!!!! :O) ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!

Aug. 29 2008 11:27 AM
BL Producer from

Gary Krasner: If you have complaints, call the WNYC Listener Services line. This is not the time or place to post your criticisms. That's not what this forum, or comment board is for.

Aug. 29 2008 11:26 AM
Cheryl from nyc

Gary, so until now you were satisified with the leftie one size fits all comments? How about some more people agreeing with the green agenda?

Aug. 29 2008 11:25 AM
hjs from 11211

bobby
PUMA is GOP's pretending to be dem HRC supporters but voting for mccain

Aug. 29 2008 11:24 AM
John Morton from Westchester, NY

Gary Krasner: I couldn't disagree with you more.
Who told you about the archival standard. I have a different challenge. Go re read all YOUR comments. Your a one sided Left Wing rhetoric drone and bore. You want longer posts?

Aug. 29 2008 11:24 AM
Sam from NY C

NOW - Nation of Whiners.

Aug. 29 2008 11:22 AM
Mark from NY

Sams Club anxiety is when you buy 138 packs of wasabi pretzels that taste really bad and you realize you don't feel like driving back in the car.

Aug. 29 2008 11:22 AM
Henry from Greenwich Village

On John McCain's 72nd birthday, this choice is hardly "dazzling." His major drawback as President is his age and the implications for him finishing his term. His major criticism of Obama is the Democratic candidate's inexperience. This choice for VP leaves me very concerned that she will not be ready on Day 1 or for a long time afterwards and he will have a very hard job emphasizing inexperience from now on.

Aug. 29 2008 11:21 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Jawbone #127. I agree. Constitution is dangerous ground for him.

Aug. 29 2008 11:21 AM
Connie from NY

Drilling. yeah. that does a lot. how about some windfarms in NYC thats what i want

Aug. 29 2008 11:21 AM
Zondor from NYC

What??? She's an idealogue?????

Aug. 29 2008 11:19 AM
Bobby from NY C

130: Whats the PUMA angle? I don't understand what you mean.

Aug. 29 2008 11:18 AM
BORED

Is drilling the only republican issue?

Aug. 29 2008 11:17 AM
hjs from 11211

bob
she can be attacked, not for her kids, but for other stuff, of course.

Aug. 29 2008 11:17 AM
Bobby from NY C

You'd think they'd brief the guests on not breathing heavy into the phones

Aug. 29 2008 11:17 AM
piminnowcheez

Brian, I can't believe how little self-awareness you have. You've been right there along with the best of 'em, flogging the bejezus out of the PUMA angle.

As Brooke said, it's not that it isn't a story, it's just that it seemed like a monomania among the mainstream media, Brian included. And WNYC's Amy Eddings was even worse; she really couldn't talk about anything else.

Aug. 29 2008 11:17 AM
Bill from NY

Okay I ban the word vetted for the next 30 days.

Aug. 29 2008 11:16 AM
Zawanda from NY

Wow, McCain doesn't know about foreign policy and she doesn't know what the VP does. What a pair Eva, What a pair!

Aug. 29 2008 11:16 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

Someone on the program was aksing why there no emphasis on supporting the Constitution from Obama: I think Obama wants to stay away from that area because of his vote for BushCo's FISA bill. He did not support the intent and meaning of the 4th Amemdment and he did not honor his promise to filibuster to prevent telco immunity.

Not a good issue for him.

Aug. 29 2008 11:15 AM
Nardo from NYC

Uh oh. State trooper stories again...

Aug. 29 2008 11:14 AM
eva

Margo,
If part of the disaffection of HRC supporters is based on fatigue from watching younger, better-looking women be promoted over them, why on earth are they going to flock to Palin, shallow or not?

Aug. 29 2008 11:14 AM
GANJA from NY

WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE ONCE FIRED SOMEONE??????????????????? STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug. 29 2008 11:14 AM
hjs from 11211

what connection to ted stevens

Aug. 29 2008 11:13 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Yep, BORED #112, I think that is what they are saying. I think that's what John McC hopes.

Does anyone else think that while this has been a historic confluence of dates (MLK's speech, women's suffrage, first black nominee, 1908 Denver convention lynching), there is another confluence: McCain's birthday, 3rd anniversary of Katrina and now big bad Gustav bearing down on the Crescent City in time for the Repub convention? Weird.

Aug. 29 2008 11:12 AM
Bob from NYC

Yeah go attack on someone with a disabled kid. I dare you.

Aug. 29 2008 11:11 AM
Bob from NYC

Does she live in an igloo? Get ready for those negative ads with the revolving door igloo images...

Aug. 29 2008 11:10 AM
Bob from NYC

Brian: This is radio. Find a sound clip for Palin. But not the silly walks skit.

Aug. 29 2008 11:10 AM
Margot from NYC

114 Eva: Wake up, it's a shallow country. PUMA babes are gonna jump ship.

Aug. 29 2008 11:09 AM
Ross from NYC

Oh Brian, so now you agree it was loud in there?

Aug. 29 2008 11:07 AM
eva

#108,
do you really think embittered middle-aged and even older women will flock to Pallin? wake up. smell coffee. you don't get it.

Aug. 29 2008 11:07 AM
Hargas from NY

Amy: Did you hear the word ratty or not? That was the point. Perk up thine ears.

Aug. 29 2008 11:06 AM
BORED

Are people really saying that women would vote for McCain because Palin is a women?

Aug. 29 2008 11:05 AM
Shirl from NYC

Give it up Obama. McCain and this Biker Babe are gonna tear you a new one.

Aug. 29 2008 11:03 AM
Funk from Bronx

Who would you like to see more: Obama and Biden on a bus, or McCain and Palin on a Harley? Race over.

Aug. 29 2008 11:03 AM
hjs from 11211

mccain could die in february she could be the first female pres

Aug. 29 2008 11:03 AM
Monica from queens

Palin is a wise choice. It throws down the Gauntlet ot the Hilary supporters, it gives those PUMA "ladies" the chance to jump ship.

Aug. 29 2008 11:02 AM
Lisa from NY NY

#87MC: Two words: Palin and a giant Birthday Cake. Happy Bday Mr. President...

Aug. 29 2008 11:02 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I agree w/the listeners who posted that C-SPAN carried the whole thing, every speaker. Plus it's available on basic (not even standard) cable.

Aug. 29 2008 11:00 AM
Kathy from Queens, NY

Obama's "being nice" was necessary for a consistent platform about restoring faith in the political system --- bring it back to the days when intelligent opponents of good will can disagree without personal attacks, and let opponents work together for the good of the nation. It is easier to work across partisan lines when politicians don't waste time with personal barbs or defending from barbs....By being nice-then-critical, he is "modeling" the ideals he offers as an agent of change.
He should appeal to McCain & Palin to uphold it for the same reasons that the US should abide by the Geneva conventions: not just for political necessity, but because it is the right thing to do and is the basis for "civilizing" politics. McCain and Obama probably agree that the US is not held to a higher ideal than the rest of the world, rather we have uphold civil disourse and international conventions (even if other countries don't), because "winning at any cost" normally comes at the "cost" of losing what is most important.

Aug. 29 2008 11:00 AM
chris o from new york city

I saw a cartoon where Will Rodgers was saying: "I am not a member of an organized party. I am a Democrat." The cartoon noted that the formulation does not work under Obama, or at least the organization he has built.

Aug. 29 2008 10:59 AM
BORED

Is John McCain going to pay Sarah Palin the same amount he would pay a man? Or does that go against traditional values that Repugs hold so dear?

Aug. 29 2008 10:59 AM
Steve Mark from NYC

Well, you can't say this won't be an interesting two months. I'm an Obama voter but thanks, John McCain for making this truly historical. May the best team for America win.

Aug. 29 2008 10:59 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Sean #79,
He lost me a little here as well. I may be in a tiny minority but I would have appreciated hearing him tell us that we are in deep doo-doo and it will cost us to get out. Promising a tax cut while promising to invest in health care, energy, jobs, infrastructure while we already owe $9.5 trillion leaves him open to the usual charges of Dem politics as usual.

Aug. 29 2008 10:58 AM
eva


barry,
face it - any energy policy will beat W's moronic decision to protect oil reserves by invading Iraq on false pretenses, thereby exhausting our professional army.

say, don't want to talk about Bush's $9.5 trillion federal deficit? don't want to talk about how much debt he's sold to China?

Aug. 29 2008 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd have liked to see (or hear--I was listening on the radio) Obama, or anyone, take one more step & challenge McCain's "maverick" image. Because that's all it is, an image. Why not say that voting 90+% w/Bush is not being a maverick?

My own biggest beef w/McCain is that after not only having been tortured in Vietnam but having made that experience the basis of opposing torture by the US, he voted for the version of the Military Commissions Act that authorizes the CIA to carry out torture. That's disgusting.

Finally, I want to thank Brian & the rest of the WNYC team for the great job they've done covering the convention (from their public-radio-budget hotel rooms!).

PS: Jonny [50], it's not Detroit, it's Denver, & Brian was talking about one small area, not the entire city.

Aug. 29 2008 10:57 AM
HARMON from NYC

BRIAN THE QUESTION IS WHO LOOKS BETTER: MCAIN AND PALIN OR THE OTHER OLD GUY AND THE SMALL EAR GUY

Aug. 29 2008 10:57 AM
hjs from 11211

She hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[9][10] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it

Aug. 29 2008 10:56 AM
mc from Brooklyn

barry #74:
He lost me a little on this one. "Clean" coal is a fantasy, I'm skeptical that we can find a way to dispose of the nuclear waste safely and although he did not mention it, he is a big corn ethonol booster.

#81, It was not anything specific. It was the argument that after their rather psycho approach to it they are not in a position to say the Dems are unqualified.

Aug. 29 2008 10:55 AM
Lisa from Mexico

Wasn't she an exotic dancer at one point?

Aug. 29 2008 10:54 AM
chris o from new york city

The choice is clear.

Aug. 29 2008 10:54 AM
hjs from 11211

bob small state in population

Aug. 29 2008 10:54 AM
hjs from 11211

who will win the biben palin debate

Aug. 29 2008 10:54 AM
barry from Manhattan

Ok,
Dont want to talk about Energy,
Lets talk about the Speech, "University Education for all qualified students" or was it all students.
Does this seem real?
or even doable an if so how the heck do you do it.
I mean just sketch it in.

Aug. 29 2008 10:52 AM
Cathleen from NJ

PBS was great for watching just about all speeches at the convention. We just flipped to other channels i.e. CNN to learn who was speaking when.

Aug. 29 2008 10:52 AM
Bpbbu from Mxs

Whey does all country today sound
like Pickup Truck commercials?

Aug. 29 2008 10:50 AM
mc from Brooklyn

How are the Repubs going to follow that act?

Aug. 29 2008 10:50 AM
Sigma from Queens

Brooks and Dunn. Now that's real country. Old school.

Aug. 29 2008 10:50 AM
Reba Shimansky from New York

Markos of the Daily Kos repeated the Obama`s spin that the primary was over in February which is nonsense. From March on Hillary was clearly the strongest candidate winning primary after primary.
The primary season was over on June 3 when Obama got the requisite number of delegates.And he only got those delegates when the super delegates that flocked to him as he limped across the finish line in order to deny Hillary the nomination

Aug. 29 2008 10:50 AM
Pongo from Bronx

Steve do a song with Rage.

Aug. 29 2008 10:50 AM
Mark from The North Slope

Steve Earle wake up!

Aug. 29 2008 10:49 AM
Reba Shimansky from NY

Markos Moulitas of the Daily Kos repeated the Obama`s spin that the primary was over in February which is nonsense. From March on Hillary was clearly the strongest candidate winning primary after primary.
The primary season was over on June 3 when Obama got the requisite number of delegates.And he only got those delegates when the super delegates that flocked to him as he limped across the finish line in order to deny Hillary the nomination

Aug. 29 2008 10:49 AM
barry from Manhattan

mc from Brookly
What about his foreign policy leaps to mind?, I don't have the transcript in front of me.

Aug. 29 2008 10:49 AM
Jon from Bklyn

Steve: do you have a rhyme for Alaska? Or political ho? Either one?

Aug. 29 2008 10:49 AM
Sean from New Jersey

Overall, I think it was a B+. Covered a lot of ground well.

However, I think he's again failed to connect with fiscal moderate/conservatives.

There are a lot of undecided independents/republicans who will listen to him say health care for all, hear instead "big spending", and just turn off.
But he could get them!

He has to better frame issues such as health care as an *economic* imperatives.
(Because it *will* sink our economy when the baby boomers begin to retire in Feb 2009 if we don't deal with it.)

Aug. 29 2008 10:49 AM
eva

#68,
that is EXACTLY why it won't appeal to the die-hard Hilary supporters. It will, to them, smack of sexism.

Aug. 29 2008 10:48 AM
JohnBo from Clrake

Palin was once a sexy unknown librarian in a small Oregon town. Steve write a song.

Aug. 29 2008 10:47 AM
barry from Manhattan

I'll be happy to address the substance of Obama's Speech.
He want's to add more Nukes to the energy grid as well as push alt energy, and (as of late) to ramp up the drilling.
That all sounds good.
Any thoughts?

Aug. 29 2008 10:47 AM
Norm from NY

She was also a pole dancer. (Politico)

Aug. 29 2008 10:47 AM
Albert from Greenwich, CT

The convention was broadcast in it's entirety on CSPAN, which everyone who has cable has. Also if you have broadband internet access go to http://www.c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN_wm.aspx where there are live video and audio streams of all CSPAN channels.

Aug. 29 2008 10:46 AM
mc from Brooklyn

OMG, Sarah Palin! The motorcycle riding mama from Alaska. He has reached further off the reservation than I thought he would.

#31 Didn't Obama's sister speak at the convention earlier this week? I didn't see her but I heard she would.

chris o and seth: I agree. My favorite part of the speech was the foreign policy part. I am sick of the Repub charge that Dems are clueless in this area, particularly after the mess they have made.

Aug. 29 2008 10:46 AM
Ganby from NYC

C'mon Brian: Start asking for calls from Alaska. You know how to direct those phone call solicitations.

Aug. 29 2008 10:46 AM
chris o from new york city

60 Minutes did a nice profile of Sarah Palin a little while back. For a Republican, she seems decent. For VP, she seems unqualified to be President.

Aug. 29 2008 10:44 AM
B.C. from New Jersey

MSNBC.com showed the convention without any of the talking heads. The coverage had various camera shots and show the speakers in its entirety. Even crowd shots. (Yes, crowd shots with the delegates dancing to such "standard" convention music like a band playing Huey Lewis and The News.)

On a serious note, it was great. You got the feel of the convention without hearing opinions stated for the mere fact of filling time.

This was the best way to enjoy the convention unfiltered.

Aug. 29 2008 10:42 AM
eva

#30,
you might have an argument IF the most disastrous leadership in this country in the last century hadn't come from the GOP. Some questions for your side:
1)Do you disagree that Bush incurring a $9.5 trillion deficit is historically disastrous?
2)How are we to pay for that?
3)What sort of pixie dust allowed "fiscally responsible" republicans to go to war without raising taxes?
4)How much debt has Bush sold to China in the last 7 years?

Aug. 29 2008 10:41 AM
evan from NYC

Fox is reporting that Sarah Palin, gov of Alaska, is McCain's VP pick

Aug. 29 2008 10:41 AM
andy from brooklyn

shout out to channel 13 (pbs). got to see most of the speeches (and stevie wonder) without the annoying crawl or any split scrn.

Aug. 29 2008 10:41 AM
Marion from NYC

Alaska. That's cool.

Aug. 29 2008 10:41 AM
Ngabe from Queens

#35 It puts McCain in no trouble WHATSOEVER. All McCain has to do now is look tan and cool while Barama continues to look exotic, pursues disgusting rockstardom, and dares Obbrama to attack a VP Woman now, with a disabled kid! It's OBracka whose in a world of hurt now...

Aug. 29 2008 10:40 AM
Mary from New York

HILLARY said, “Is it about me, or that marine?”

Aug. 29 2008 10:40 AM
barry from Manhattan

Wow McCain Picks a woman from Alaska
Damn Sam

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
kurt from uws

Tell Brooke that PBS showed the speeches without cutting in and Stevie Wonder too!

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
barry from Manhattan

The "This isnt about me,is about you " comment made me laugh, it was a nice bit of Jujitsu however I just thought it was insincere,,,,a bit

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

a woman holy crap for veep

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
Craig from Brooklyn

The Scarborough thing is on youtube for anyone who likes horror

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
riffle from http://riffle.blogspot.com

Brooke , I"m intereested in your take on cable.

I am also very interested in Brooke and OTM's take on what's hapened at Associated Press, and why.

e.g. AP Wash Bureau Chief Fournier having negotiated for a job with McCain, and quite a few apparently pre-written hit pieces on Obama, and the slanted "accountability journal" model they're using.

Aug. 29 2008 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

brook should have been watching pbs channel 13

Aug. 29 2008 10:38 AM
Dennis from Manhattan

The best (and only) channel to watch the convention is CSPAN.

Aug. 29 2008 10:38 AM
Jon Erik Larson from Oradell, New Jersey

I would like Brooke Gladstone to say why (to the best of my knowledge) no one in the press has noted that Obama's experience in government (fewer than four years in Congress and several years in the Illinois legislature) is almost precisely the same as the experience in government that Lincoln had before he became president.

Is Obama's experience really inadequate for preparing him to lead?

Aug. 29 2008 10:37 AM
Jonny from Astoria.

Brian nice going: call Detroit ratty again.

Aug. 29 2008 10:37 AM
BORED

Why do you republicans keep attacking the moment instead of the speech. John McCain doesnt even attack Obama's message with a counter message instead its oh he's a celebrity, not ready yadayadayada..... Republicans what is yor message? John McCain what supporters what is he offering?

Aug. 29 2008 10:36 AM
Pete from NJ

Yeah those fireworks, that wasn't too rock star now...

Aug. 29 2008 10:36 AM
Erin from Manhattan

Many of my friends actually tuned in to watch for the first time all year. They were impressed to say the least. What a night!

Aug. 29 2008 10:36 AM
barry from Manhattan

Any Energy wonks want to talk about "Nukes are on the table"
or Energy independence from the ME in 10 years?

Aug. 29 2008 10:36 AM
Margaret from NY of C

Brooke Gladstone is not as incisive and daring as WBAI. She should stop pulling her punches.

Aug. 29 2008 10:36 AM
Hartley from NY

Brooke show us your t shirt

Aug. 29 2008 10:35 AM
Animation King from NYC

Cartoon animation idea for Brian Lehrer theme song music: Giant Brain walks down Madison Ave in a Cowboy Hat. He peeks into the window of one of the buildings, hip people are designing websites. Angle on computer monitor: dragging around graphics. Giant Brian steps on a few Billboards. etc.

Aug. 29 2008 10:35 AM
seth from Long Island

14# michaelw

I wish Obama was more progressive in his positions.
However, you shouldn't make the perfect the enemy of the good. You're never going to find a pefect candidate. Despite your criticism of Obama, he's 1,000 times better than McCain.
If you vote for Nader, you're punishing the nation in a quest for ideological purity.
Don't hand the White House to John McCain because you're disappointed with Obama.

Aug. 29 2008 10:35 AM
Cheryl from NYC

Barack is starting to look like Harry Belafonte.

Aug. 29 2008 10:33 AM
hjs from 11211

are Barack's grandparents GOP?

Aug. 29 2008 10:33 AM
eva

#27,
at least we get a countdown to Joe's next gaffe... we've had 7 years of continual embarrassment from W. To the extent that most of us don't even really register it anymore - we've become inured to it.

Aug. 29 2008 10:32 AM
Gary Krasner from NYC

per #10 (tara): Anyone who believes AP has veered to the right need only read www.honest reporting.com, to name just one news watchgod organization.

Aug. 29 2008 10:32 AM
chris o from new york city

If I was a right winger, I would be very disgusted and critical of last night's speech because it puts me in a lot of trouble.

Aug. 29 2008 10:31 AM
Dennis from Manhattan

Obama's speech was great. However, words that Obama should have emphasized more are: future, competence, constitution, sacrifice, "Work hard in the next 2 months" and "Take our country back".

Don't believe polls. Polls are biases towards people who answer polls.

Aug. 29 2008 10:31 AM
Harry from Bklyn USA

#22 Fred: Bravo. Well said.

Aug. 29 2008 10:29 AM
d10017 from downtown

Where was Barack's sister this week?

Aug. 29 2008 10:29 AM
Peter from Park Slope

Eva,

Well, i agree with you, but it does mean that Obama can't play the "McCain is of Washington" game. If being "of Washington" is good for the dems, its good for the other party too. That was my point. Obama will look foolish now if he says that experience is good for one party, but not the other.

Aug. 29 2008 10:29 AM
Harry from Bklyn USA

Tom Brokaw has no credibility.

Aug. 29 2008 10:28 AM
Merry from west side

The line that jumped out at me was "This is not about me. This is about you." That was the best defense against the Republican strategy of centering their campaign not on issues but on Obama. And, it pulled in everyone. It made it our campaign, our election.

Aug. 29 2008 10:28 AM
eva

Peter,
I disagree - it is important for someone who wants to enact change to bring with him an insider who can help him negotiate the territory. To think he could do it without such insight would be naive in the extreme.

Aug. 29 2008 10:26 AM
Lisa from Park Slpe

What a bore and a vomitous overdisplay of Las Vegas last night. Vomit puke!

Aug. 29 2008 10:25 AM
seth from Long Island

#10 Tara

Your comment is right on the money.
I think the AP has seriously tarnished its reputation. Remember Ron Fournier? He's the Washington Bureau chief of AP. It was recently reported that he sent Karl Rove a gushing supportive email message. I think Fournier subsequently apologized. I've heard Fournier was offered a job by John McCain. I think AP is slipping closer to Fox News.

Aug. 29 2008 10:25 AM
MMN from Midtown Manhattan

Two things:
What got me was "This isn't about me, this is about you." I happen to believe him.

The fireworks were painfully lame. China set a new bar for ceremonial eye candy for the masses.

Aug. 29 2008 10:24 AM
FredMcMurthy from Washington

The speech was highly cynical. It veered away from the soaring rhetoric that earned him rock star status as a calculated step away from Paris Hiltonhood, and toward a challenge to a street fight, not because he wants the street fight, but because he no longer wants to be Paris Hilton. As that street fight develops, a lot of the little Brittny's out there are going to become less enamoured, because of their limited attention span for conflict, or anything that requires brain power. Obama is a cynical, calculating politician, and last nights stepping back from what got him here, is as cynical as it comes. Get ready for Jimmy Carter II. It's going to be a long and bumpy ride.

Aug. 29 2008 10:24 AM
Gary Krasner from NYC

Obama sat in the US senate for little more than 100 days when he announced he would run for President. THAT is the reason he's refused McCain's offer to have several open ended town hall style debates, without moderators who tend to attenuate the discussions. And The reason for that is because Obama doen't have the depth of knowledge on the issues.

Lack of experience had caused Presidents as diverse as John Kennedy and GW Bush to injure this country. And the media has not scrutinized this flaw.

Aug. 29 2008 10:24 AM
BT from Brooklyn

To Gary-

Back in '92, the economy was beginning to show signs of recovery during the Presidential Campaign between H.W Bush and Clinton. Clinton won... and got the credit.

Timing is everything.

Aug. 29 2008 10:22 AM
Peter from Park Slope

Eva,

I agree with you that Biden seems to be the best choice, but it does tie Obama's hands in saying that McCain is of Washington. It also seems to concede that Obama comes up short on foreign policy. Having said that, I like Biden and feel better with him on the ticket even though I am for McCain.

Aug. 29 2008 10:20 AM
Steve Mark from NYC

Why does the word 'Presidential' come to mind? (That's a rhetorical question)

Aug. 29 2008 10:19 AM
Peter from Park Slope

One can point to "below the belt" attacks from both sides, but challenging Obama for his ties to his church is completely within bounds. Obama attended a church for 20 years that seemed to preach an awful lot of racism and hate. Obama was extremely tolerant of the hate that came from his pastor for a long time - Obama's tolerance can be gauged by his years of silence. Your guest should really explain why saying these things is unfair or out of bounds.

Aug. 29 2008 10:18 AM
Gary Krasner from NYC

The speech was an embarrassment. He was forced to criticize one of many FORMER economic advisors of McCain, who was quoted as saying the Americans are whiners. Not something McCain said, but a aide of McCain's.

And Obama said it just one day after we learned that the US economy had grown in the last quarter an astounding 3.5 percent, and median incomes rose highest since 2000.

Aug. 29 2008 10:16 AM
chris o from new york city

I thought of the Beijing spectacle, too - which was magnificent - and I thought: this guy CAN compete with China in the 21st Century!

Aug. 29 2008 10:13 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

Brack can give a good speech.
However I can't get past the following in order to vote for him over Nader:
1. FISA
2. Patriot Act
3. Death Penalty
4. More Drilling
5. Taking money from Lobbiests and special interests
6. Selecting a VP who is wildly corrupt - MBNA bank who hired his son as a VP and Lobbiest.
7. Supporting Bush's Energy plan which McCain voted against

I think that's enough

Aug. 29 2008 10:12 AM
chris o from new york city

I like Joe Biden a lot personally, his down-to-earth style (is that an oxymoron). But most importantly, he has the abilities to make a good President, God forbid it should come to that.

I just thought how he is in the mold of Cheney, at least in terms of succession. If Obama is able to win, Biden will not be his successor (like Gore, or the 1st Bush, or Quayle etc.).

Aug. 29 2008 10:11 AM
Nuria from Brooklyn

Barack made no mention of immigration or of Latinos during his speech.

Aug. 29 2008 10:09 AM
BT from Brooklyn

This is as good as it gets with Obama, but it might have gotten lost in the spectacle. It kind of reminded me of Beijing. The Republicans will be just as overproduced... but with more flags and flag pins.

Aug. 29 2008 10:07 AM
tara from brooklyn

Can we talk for one moment about this AP article saying that Obama didn't hit specific points about what he will do when in office?! This highly suspicious article that got the length of the speech wrong by 7 or 8 minutes? Its very troubling that this news source is misreporting (was it written before the speech?) through hundreds of newspapers.

Aug. 29 2008 10:07 AM
chris o from new york city

Obama comes through as usual. It was obviously one of the best run conventions ever. Just as his campaign was managed incredibly effectively, so was this extravaganza.

I especially liked when he turned to foreign policy. I thought he was very strong, very secure and mostly on the money. He laid out direct instances of McCain's bad judgment on Iraq, Afghanistan - how his positions have been adopted by even Bush. And then he closed with the rhetoric: "I will restore our moral standing so that America is again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future." OK - I don't know about the peace and future, but I do know that we are (or at least have been) a bastion of freedom for mankind.

Aug. 29 2008 10:06 AM
eva

Peter,
As a "forever" Democrat, I can only speak for one person, but...
I think Biden was the BEST choice. He was my first choice, before he dropped out of the presidential running.
And yes, I think it's the ONLY policy to acknowledge McCain's humanity and heroism, but to point out why we think he won't make a good leader. Besides supporting a re-opening of trade with Vietnam, there are many things I love about John McCain. But the time for him to be president was eight years ago, before Bush shattered our economy and trashed our global reputation. Now we need someone who can reach out to the rest of the world. Obama is that man.

Aug. 29 2008 10:06 AM
Peter from Flatbush, Brooklyn

An ace speach (US Open is in Queens afterall)!!Pat Buchanan said on MSNBC that Obama didn't give a liberal speech, he was right. Sen. Obama delivered a 100% progressive speech, chock full of red meat, calls to service and comon sense.

Aug. 29 2008 10:06 AM
eva

I watched the Obama speech at a live feed fundraiser. Until last night, I had no idea how inadequate my hands were for the task of applauding nearly continuously. I agreed with virtually everything he said. I really can't even judge the speech objectively, because I was too wrapped up in screaming "yeah" in agreement after what seemed like every line. I felt like Fred Exley watching Frank Gifford in "A Fan's Notes." (But without the alcohol.)

It was great to watch it with a lot of fellow Dems and Obama supporters. But God, we have a long way to go if you look at the polls.

Aug. 29 2008 10:00 AM
Peter from Park Slope

It was interesting that the Democracts seemed to have chosen a strategy that is based on telling everyone that John McCain has faithfully served his country and is a war hero, but...

I am curious if the Democratic base feels that Biden was a good choice? As a McCain supporter (but an independent voter) having Biden as VP would make me feel better if Obama is elected. Also, are those Clinton voters making the switch to Obama or is McCain beginning to pick them up?

Aug. 29 2008 09:58 AM
evan from NYC

I think the Democratic Convention was poorly organized and boring as heck. At least the Clintons had their day in the sun:)
If Obama wins, I will have to go to sleep for the next 4 years. YAWN.

Aug. 29 2008 09:43 AM
seth from Long Island

Note to Brian:
Ask Brooke Gladstone her opinion on the following

Tom Brokaw called the Dem convention a kabuki dance and Ted Koppel called the Dem convention a colossal waste of time and money. Both of them said the event should be shortened by several days because it's largely a fluff affair. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/28/brokaw-and-koppel-on-dnc_n_122199.html

Does Brooke think it's appropriate for Brokaw and Koppel to trash an event while on the ground covering it? I think Brokaw and Koppel crossed the line. Don't they owe it viewers to report from St Paul next week and say that the Repub convention is also too long and is a waste of money?

Aug. 29 2008 09:31 AM
seth from Long Island

My favorite part of Obama’s speech was his pushback against McCain’s questioning of his patriotism.

McCain’s quote that “my opponent would rather lose a war than lose an election” is the most disgraceful, outrageous, and depraved attack I’ve ever heard a political candidate make against his campaign opponent. Every editorial page in the country should have denounced this gutter attack line and demanded that McCain issue a public apology.

Aug. 29 2008 09:17 AM
Daniel Smith from Vienna by way of Brooklyn

An outstanding speech. Barack has had my vote for 18 months, but last night was the first time that he brought a real indignation to the campaign. An anger that most of us have felt for these last 8 years. He was aggressive without being crazed. He played right at the net. It was like a symphony that built on a crescendo of sound and fury. I don't agree with virtually anything that Pat Buchanan says or thinks. Last night changed that. Buchanan called it "THE FINEST CONVENTION SPEECH EVER". I second that. He made the case for liberalism without seeming defensive. He made it with courage and conviction. America saw the best Politician in many years last night.

Aug. 29 2008 08:45 AM

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