Should Dems Attack More in Denver?

Carville's criticism of soft-focus convention sparks debate
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 2:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – James Carville started tongues wagging in Denver when he criticized Democrats for not attacking enough. “You haven't heard about Iraq or John McCain or George W. Bush,” Carville complained on CNN. “We’re playing hide the message.” Is Carville right?

  • Matt Bunk of the Arizona Capital Times thinks that, sadly, he is. Positive rhetoric is nice, but negative campaigning worked. Besides, without attacks the night was “mind-numbingly boring.”

  • Delegate R.J. Hadley of Georgia thinks Carville is missing the point. “Unity WAS the message,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • And one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers points out that Carville’s statement is supremely ironic. “If there's a model for the convention that Barack Obama is running this year, it's the 1992 gathering overseen by, well, Carville,” he notes in the Atlantic, recalling then-newcomer Bill Clinton introducing himself to America.