Aug. 4 marks the start of the Democratic National Convention. Last week the Republican Party was in the spotlight, and their convention featured a bevy of speakers including Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan, Ann Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio, and a somewhat-mystifying keynote by actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood.

The slate of candidates lined up to speak at the DNC includes Massachusetts luminaries such as Gov. Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Thomas Menino, as well as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

We talk through the challenges in the days ahead for the Democratic Party, whether the GOP set the tone during their convention, and how the 2012 election is shaping up.


Kelly Bates, executive director of the Access Strategies Fund.

Marvin Venay, executive director of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Democratic Legislative Caucus.

Kevin Peterson, director of the New Democracy Coalition.