|Obviously Not the Media's Choice|
Host John McLaughlin: "Where is that? See that?"
Clift: "In very, very many newsrooms."
- Exchange on The McLaughlin Group, August 31.
"It's hard to
know how many women will flock to the GOP ticket because of Palin. She is a
far-right conservative who supported Pat Buchanan over George W. Bush in 2000.
She thinks global warming is a hoax and backs the teaching of creationism in
public schools. Women are not likely to be impressed by her opposition to
abortion even in the case of rape and incest."
|Are You Even More Unbeatable?|
"What do you think of Senator McCain's vice presidential choice?...Does the fact
that he chose as his Vice President someone who has less experience than you
take that weapon out of his arsenal?"|
- CBS's Steve Kroft to Obama on 60 Minutes, August 31.
|Obama "Looks Like John Adams"|
"[McCain has] done it [picked Sarah Palin] at great cost, because the whole
Republican convention...was going to be the slogan, 'He's not ready to lead,'
meaning Barack Obama. Well, Sarah Palin makes Barack Obama look like John Adams.
I mean, it's just, it's no contest."|
- Newsweek's Howard Fineman on MSNBC's Countdown, August 29.
|What's the GOP's Nastiest Smear?|
"What of the attacks has busted through to you? What makes you angriest at John
McCain, the Republicans? What's being said about your husband that you want to
shout from the mountain tops is not true?"|
- NBC's Brian Williams to Michelle Obama in a taped interview shown on the August 27 Nightly News.
"Many of the attacks that have come from
John McCain's campaign have been, quite frankly, condescending. Are you
surprised by that? Does it anger you?"
|Impressing His Biggest Fans|
"I'm just not so sure I've ever witnessed anything like this in all of the
politics that I've covered, which goes back quite a few years already. This
place rumbled. And there were certain points during the speech when the
stadium was just so alive, and the ground was almost quaking."|
- CBS's Harry Smith on The Early Show, August 29, the morning after Barack Obama's convention address.
"In many ways it was less a
speech than a symphony. It moved quickly, it had high tempo, at times
inspiring, then it became more intimate, slower, all along sort of
interweaving a main theme about America's promise, echoes of Lincoln, of
King, even of Reagan and of Kennedy....It was a masterpiece."
Keith Olbermann: "For 42 minutes, not a sour note and spellbinding
throughout in a way usually reserved for the creations of fiction. An
extraordinary political statement. Almost a fully realized, tough, crisp,
insistent speech in tone and in the sense of cutting through the
clutter....I'd love to find something to criticize about it. You got
"[Obama] had to do two things. He had to be tough and he had to be
detailed. We know he is eloquent. He can't write an ineloquent check, this
|George's Impartial Analysis|
George Stephanopoulos: "A night of perfect political choreography. The
only problem Barack Obama has right now, and it's a high-class problem, as Bill
Clinton used to say, is can he top what happened tonight?"|
Host Terry Moran: "An extraordinary series of speeches [by Bill Clinton and Joe Biden]."
- ABC's Nightline on August 27.
"I think every night in this
convention has built on the one that came before....The speeches have gotten
better every night."
|An Inspiring "Night for the Ages"|
"An incredible night: A return and a roar from the lion of the Democrats....You
can almost still feel and hear the echo of the roar that went up last night when
Senator Edward Kennedy returned to the convention....People were overwhelmed,
simply overwhelmed. They knew it was a night to remember for all ages."|
- ABC's Diane Sawyer on the first night of the Democratic convention, August 26 Good Morning America.
Co-host Maggie Rodriguez: "I think
all of us on this shift stayed up a little bit later than we should, watching
what I think couldn't have been a more compelling first night of that
|Antsy for More Attacks on GOP|
"There is one big missing piece tonight, I think, which is why the American
people should throw the bums out. We haven't heard one word about that. We have
the most unpopular President in American history, and he's barely been mentioned
tonight. I just think that is an extraordinary gap."|
- CNN's Jeffrey Toobin after the conclusion of the first night of the Democratic convention, August 25.
"You can say Barack Obama really needs
something from Hillary Clinton. He needs her to wake up this hall after a speech
that was not only not red meat by former Governor [Mark] Warner, but more like
tofu with sprouts."
"I am waiting for someone to take the podium and say the word 'torture.' I'm
waiting for someone to take the podium, say the word 'Iraq.' I'm waiting for
someone to take, to take the podium and talk about domestic surveillance and to
talk about all the reasons that Democrats want to get rid of George Bush."
Co-anchor Chris Matthews: "Keith, I am amazed why they don't have more
fun with the man who calls himself Dick Cheney. Why [not] more references? Why
no, why don't they talk about these villains, as they see them? Why don't they
talk about Bush, who they see as a villain."
|Brian vs. the Glass Ceiling|
"I assume she's going to talk about that glass ceiling, i.e., a woman
President of these United States, which begs the question as we listen to
her tonight, if not her, who? And when?"|
- Brian Williams previewing Hillary Clinton's convention speech with NBC's Chuck Todd, August 26 Nightly News.
|Obama = "a Fiscal Conservative"|
"Obama's aides optimistically insist he will reduce it [the deficit], thanks to
his tax increases on the affluent and his plan to wind down the Iraq war.
Relative to McCain, whose promised spending cuts are extremely vague, Obama does
indeed look like a fiscal conservative."|
- Staff writer David Leonhardt in an August 24 New York Times Magazine article on Obama's economic ideas.
|Admiring a "Profound" Attack|
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews anchoring live coverage of Barack Obama's introduction of Joe Biden as his running mate, August 23.
|"Tired of Being Called a Traitor"|
- Actor Richard Dreyfuss on MSNBC News Live, August 27.