Beyond Bernie? The question of the day -- and of the convention, really -- is whether the Bernie Sanders delegates who crowd onto the convention floor will ever stop booing. Sanders clearly wants them to, telling them, in a sharply worded email and two speeches, that now is the time for progressives to support Hillary Clinton. But his convention speech came at the end of Monday night's session, so only today will we discover whether Sanders and his followers are willing to listen to their leader and let go of their anger, or at least be respectful.
Did Michelle shift the mood? First Lady Michelle Obama's speech Monday night rightfully won universal praise. It was a deft attack on Republican nominee Donald Trump that didn't even mention his name, as well as an emotional plea to make Hillary Clinton president. Michelle's moment proved so special that it raises the question: Did she change the mood of the entire convention? Will her plea to Democrats and the nation to look forward help Sanders supporters to move past their bitterness and start healing the breach in the center of the Democratic Party?
The scene in the streets. After an astonishingly peaceful and logistically perfect Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, the parts are in place for real trouble in Philadelphia. First, the number of protesters -- almost all of them from the left and supportive of Sanders -- is far larger than in Cleveland, and some protesters seem bent on confronting anyone who disagrees with them. Second, temperatures are expected to push 100 degrees again Tuesday, and tempers flare in hotter weather. Third, this convention is a traffic jam and an organizational nightmare, making it likely that people will get stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. And finally, in reality this is anything but the "City of Brotherly Love": this week, at least, it's a city of tense and snarling cops and rude, put-upon natives and utterly clueless convention volunteers. Add it up, and it sounds like trouble waiting to happen.
The Big Dog takes the stage. A wizened, slender Bill Clinton will take the stage as Tuesday night's headline speaker, and the big question is: Which Bill will it be? Will it be the political charmer who has captivated audiences for decades? Will it be the explainer-in-chief of the 2012 Democratic convention, who delivered a devastating fact-by-fact takedown of the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney? Or will it be the sometimes unpredictable, off-message Other Bill who has appeared on the trail on random occasions dating back to 2008? With few big names on tonight's agenda other than the Big Dog, all of those questions remain open, along with the biggest question of all: If the Sanders forces boo, what will the Big Dog do?
Andrew Cuomo's moment. The New York governor will take the stage at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the New York delegation breakfast, and it will be interesting to see how he, too, deals with the divide in the delegation between the Clinton and Sanders delegates. Cuomo -- who did not address the full Democratic convention in 2012 -- is expected to do so tonight, and that by far will be his bigger moment. Speaking in the same venue that make his father a national political star in 1984 and a Hamlet-like presidential contender in later years, Andrew Cuomo -- who may have national ambitions himself -- will get a chance to try to live up to Mario Cuomo's eloquent legacy.