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Marianne Paskowski

Big Night for Hillary and CNN

August 27, 2008 11:13 AM

Hillary Clinton

Wearing a bright orange pantsuit, Sen. Hillary Clinton delivered a riveting unity speech in Denver last night. I viewed it on CNN, and the cable net did a fabulous job with its camera work.

Cameras flitted from the charged-up speaker to Bill Clinton, sitting tight-lipped in the VIP section, looking like he was on the verge of tears. Female delegates went wild when Hillary thanked her “sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits.”

But the best was CNN’s deft camera play on Michelle Obama, who was warily watching Hillary on stage. Only once did Michelle crack a smile, and that was when Hillary said, “Wasn’t Michelle Obama terrific last night?”

No love lost there, I’d say. So tonight it’s Bill’s turn. Will he behave himself?


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He will, unless he wants John McCain in the white house

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Joe,
Maybe Bill does want McCain in the White House so that Hillary can run against him, rather than Obama in 2012.

How jaded is that theory?


I disagree with you, Marianne, on Michelle Obama's smile rate during Hillary's speech (I watched it on PBS, however). But she sure looks happy as Bill Clinton speaks!

Marianne Paskowski:

Michelle, indeed, looks happier tonight as Bill Clinton speaks. Think she got some media training the last 24 hours.

Marianne Paskowski:

So much for Obama's surprise appearance tonight, before he delivers his acceptance speech tomorrow night. He thanked the Clintons, and others.

He failed to thank the Kennedy clan for their support. And that is hubris on the part of this junior senator.

For God's sake, Teddy, came out of a Denver hospital with kidney stones to endorse Obama, with his wife and niece getting him on stage. No thanks from Obama.

Nor did he thank Sen. John Kerry, who was one of the first Democrats to endorse him.

I don't know, but I don't like how the DNC is going. Do you?

Eric Gronwaldt:

Once again, the 42nd President proved why through all of his challenges, no one can capture and hold an audience like Bill Clinton. To use a few old and tired baseball euphuisms (aka standard old boy Network axioms), if Hillary hit a Home Run with her speech, President Clinton pitched a Perfect Game.
Like Governor Rendell said about the Clinton administration while stumping for Hillary in the primaries; “What part of Peace and Prosperity didn’t you like during the Clinton Years?”

Marianne Paskowski:

Awhile ago, Ted Turner introduced me to President Clinton, in a crowded room. Clinton has the ability to make whoever he is talking to, the most important person in the world. Rare skill, and none of the present candidates have that gift.


Hey Marianne,
What I saw of CNN's coverage was downright good stuff. FNC's was fairer than I thought yesterday as some of their most conservative analysts even mentioned how they believed Barack Obama's ability to rally people could give him the job. Then there was MSNBC, whose anchors/analysts/bimbos were too busy fighting with each other to get real points across. If there was ever a time where it became important to have hosts seperate from analysts on that network, this week was it.

Take care,

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Jason,
CNN is doing an excellent job and I'm sticking with it through the DNC. I stopped watching MSNBC a long time ago. Like you, I don't like how the net doesn't bother to distinguish between hosts and analysts.

Used to love Chris Matthews, now he just annoys me.

Be Well,

Thurston Last:

I think the DNC is the same as any other political convention. I think the RNC will be more of the same (pun intended).

I don't watch cable news channels anyway. Too much arrogance and smugness. CNN is boring but fairer than its competition. MSNBC is chafing with their sudden need to be liberal. FNC is way too biased with conservatism, but they've been that way since Limba's former producer launched the network. Been watching PBS's coverage (and they did show Mrs. Obama smile and applaud numerous times throughout Hillary's speech), though I could do without David Brooks' one-sided biases.

The whole drama had been whether the Clintons are going to be truly supportive towards Sen. Obama. There's still division in the party, but this week's convention seems to at least shrink the divide a bit. But, if Sen. Obama doesn't win, one will wonder how much Hillary supporters will claim that they should have picked their candidate over him, which a lot of them still do. I swear, reading Dem-dedicated sites like Bartcop seem like I'm reading a pro-McCain at times.

Wonder if the press are going to ask if Huckabee's folks (you know, McCain didn't win the South) would be as vocal. Nope.

I will admit someone surprised me. John Kerry. If he was that animated, that strong of a speaker four years ago, the DNC would meet for the reelection of President Kerry. Oh well.


I don't like how the DNC convention is going at all either.

Even more so now that I just watched a YouTube video on the Temple stage which has been constructed for Obama's big Invesco field speech tonight. Television that will hurt him.

Insanity...it should be torn down immediately. A simple podium would be better.

I believe, strongly, the "Temple" will be Obama's folly...a testament to his arrogance, bad judgement,..and unfortunately for him, lack of experience. A turning point? We'll see.

Definitely, though...fodder for another series of instant "The One" McCain spots.

Marianne Paskowski:

Kerry is a dynamo, I heard him speak at the state Dem convention in Lowell, and he hit one out of the mark.

I also saw him recently at a Dem fundraiser in Hyanis, and I was impressed. He is smart, he knows how to get it down, he's says more in 15 minutes than either of our present candidates.

Oh Well,

Marianne Paskowski:

I share your worries about the venue for this evening. All day long people have been making fun of it, and I don't blame them.

No wonder McCain feels he can wait to announce his running mate until tomorrow.

Thanks for your post,

The general statement from me about the charactorizations listed above of cable and broadcast networks with their respective political leanings and/or practices are more right than wrong.

Knowing this, I stepped down from HD to watch C-SPAN in SD...it was as close as I could get to the week and the High Mile Stadium experience from a thousand miles away.

I was better able to decide for myself what was going on without all the damn pundits, etc... guessing their way through their filters of the events.

I won't divulge my leanings, and/or opinion of the political mess at this time, however I do feel I have "Peter's Center" on this week in Denver and will do likewise next week.

Everyone have a great holiday!
Peter Bright

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Peter,
Time to move on to the GOP and the surprise from John McCain today, Sarah Palin, the Alaskan gov, who will play the energy card.

Long Happy Weekend,

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