After Michelle Obama’s remarks concluded the first day of the democratic Convention, I ran into Senator Chuck Schumer of New York waiting for a car outside the Pepsi center. He was very pleased with the way things had gone so far.
“Flawless,” he said. “Michelle Obama—if 25 percent of Americans were watching that, we’ll go up 5 percent in the polls. It was beautiful. I had tears in my eyes with Kennedy and I had more tears in my eyes with Michelle Obama. How beautiful.”
“The whole key to this convention,” he added, “is that the only way McCain wins is to say Barack is not like us, and they do it in a nasty way. This convention has to first say, ‘he is like us,’ tonight. It then has to say he cares about us, he is going to do things to help us and he has the ability to get things done. He does these things and we’re going to be way out in front, and it will be hard, as long they learn to hit back hard when they hit, for them to catch us.”