Things to Do in Denver When You're Dems: Hate

Clinton camp's back-handed Obama-bashing, second-guessing mark jittery DNC
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 12:24 PM CDT
Virginia Gov. Mark Warner gives the keynote speech last night at the Democratic National Convention.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A former John McCain strategist described the odd mood in Denver perfectly, Maureen Dowd writes in the New York Times: “Submerged hate.” That would explain the uneasy proceedings, which have been marked more by Clintonian drama than anything else. At a recent new conference, Dowd observes, “Hillary looked as if she were straining at the bit to announce her 2012 exploratory committee.”

Bill, meanwhile, has quarreled with Obama over his speech tonight; that Obama caved to what might be Bubba’s “paean to himself and his economic record” only adds to Democrats’ jittery fretting over disunity and second-guessing. They’ve even internalized McCain’s “celebrity” slams, and fear tomorrow’s Invesco Field concert/speech will exacerbate the rap. “It’s something about our party,” said one, “the shtetl mentality.”