09/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Democratic National Convention: Anxious Energy Over Showing A Strong Obama

The Democratic National Convention opens today in Denver. The New York Times describes the atmosphere as filled with "nervous" energy over Obama's prospects against John McCain. Go to HuffPost's DNC big news page AND HuffPost's politics page for all the info out there on the Convention.

Democrats gathering here for their nominating convention are significantly more nervous about Senator Barack Obama's prospects this fall than they were a month ago, and are urging him to use the next four days to address weaknesses in his candidacy and lingering party divisions from the primary fight.

Mr. Obama's aides said they had learned from what they described as the mistake of the 2004 Democratic convention -- when aides to Senator John Kerry's campaign sought to forbid convention speakers from going after President Bush -- and would use their time to draw contrasts with Senator John McCain, particularly on the economy and his opposition to abortion rights.