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Hillary, Bill and Obama - a love story?

By Jimmy Orr / August 26, 2008

Jake Turcotte


You expect partisan politics to be bare-knuckle boxing these days. But Night One in Denver was remarkable for the polite way the Democrats treated the Republicans -- when they mentioned their arch-rivals at all.

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With Ted Kennedy's inspiring address and Michelle Obama's highly-praised speech, it was a feel-good night.

Tonight, we'll see something different. Maybe.

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner told reporters on Monday that his speech will focus on bipartisanship, not on McCain.

"There may be parts of the speech that aren't going to get a lot of applause, but I've got to say what I believe will get our country back on the right path," Warner said.

That's led to some high-profile criticism. Paul Begala said, "This isn't the Richmond Chamber of Commerce."

On CNN, James Carville thought the first night was too happy.

"I guarantee on the first night of the Republican Convention, you're going to hear talk about Barack Obama, commander-in-chief, tax cuts, et cetera," Carville said. "You haven't heard about Iraq or John McCain or George W. Bush... If this party has a message it's done a hell of a job hiding it tonight, I promise you that."

Democratic chair Howard Dean, not known for a lollipops, gumdrops, and puppies approach to Republicans, oddly, signaled restraint.

"We don't need to attack McCain" during the convention's opening events, Dean told delegates from Ohio, a battleground state. "There will be plenty of time for that."
It's more important, he said, "to make sure people know who Barack Obama is, who Joe Biden is."

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