Kennedy Speech Among 5 Things to See at DNC

Watch for Clinton supporters, Jesse Jackson
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2008 5:28 PM CDT
Eufaula Frazier of Miami participates in the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Here's what to watch at the Democratic National Convention tonight, Politico reports:

  1. Ted Kennedy, still recovering from surgery, "is definitely speaking tonight," one Dem said, and plans a memorable torch-passing to Barack Obama.
  2. Michelle Obama will try to sell herself as a strong but inoffensive first lady; whether America buys it may determine how she is used on the trail.

  1. Patriotism—will it be overkill? Organizers have dubbed Obama's life "A Very American Story" and lined up Republican ex-lawmaker Jim Leach to battle accusations of Obama's "otherness."
  2. Hillary Clinton's 1,800-plus supporters will be there, but their behavior remains to be seen. Clinton has cut a deal to sway their votes to Obama, but will they sneer or be stoic?
  3. Jesse Jackson won't speak tonight, but he'll be there—and with the tension between him and Obama, he's likely worth watching.