Josh Barro: “Many of the conservatives who watched with dismay as the Republican Party nominated Donald Trump have now watched with amazement as Democrats co-opted some of Republicans’ favorite themes at the Democratic National Convention.”
“Democrats’ thinking was clear: We’re the only political party left for grown-ups, so we’d better make sure we have something to offer voters on both sides of the aisle.”
“There was a clear choice about tone, especially on the last two days of the convention: Speakers would not mock conservatives for getting into bed with Donald Trump. They would mock Trump and make the case that conservatives should be embarrassed and ashamed that their party nominated him — and should look across the aisle at a party that shares more of their goals and values than they may have realized.”
— Megan Fishmann (@mfishmann) July 29, 2016
— Ravi Grivois-Shah (@RGrivoisShah) July 29, 2016
Think of all the Democratic Party has gained thanks to those obnoxious motherfuckers who simply would not shut up:
– They battle tested a Clinton campaign that was cruising for a coronation.
– They dragged fair trade onto the Democratic Party’s radar screen.
– They forced Clinton to the table on the issue of college debt.
– They got the most liberal Democratic Party platform since FDR.
– They made progressives FULL PARTNERS in the Democratic coalition, and
– On and on….
We got so much. So it is time to declare victory and get to work election Democrats to the Senate, House, State Houses, school boards, neighborhood associations, and knitting clubs. It is time to consolidate the gains and lock them in with the dull, drudgery that is the real work of democracy.
Brian Beulter on Hillary’s plan to beat Trump:
The question is how she intends to do it. What kind of campaign will she run? She answered that question Thursday night. [...]
The implicit theme of the convention’s final night was that Americans shouldn’t see the election as a contest between Democrats and Republicans, but between responsible citizens and Donald Trump. Reagan Republicans and devout Muslims on one team; Donald Trump and Scott Baio and the sewer scavengers of right-wing talk radio on the other.
“A man you can bait with a tweet,” Clinton said in her peroration, “is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.” This is indisputable. But has Clinton chosen the most surefire way to keep them out of his hands? [..]
The truth, though, is that this debate is unnecessarily binary [this maximal inclusive strategy v. labeling Trump a Republican]. Elections are state-based as much as they are national, and there is nothing stopping the Clinton campaign, buffeted by Obama and her other top surrogates, from running an inclusive campaign, while Democratic congressional candidates drape their opponents’ Trump endorsements around their necks.
And the larger point is that coalitions aren’t normally built on unforgiving honesty. In an ideal world, Clinton would trounce Trump, extending her coattails all the way down the ballot, to capture Congress as well, leaving Republicans branded as the Trump party for a generation. That outcome is still possible, but it can’t be pursued in a way that makes the risk of defeat unacceptably high. Clinton’s primary imperative is to prevent Trump from winning, even narrowly, and that in turn means leaving a door ajar to Republicans who can’t reconcile themselves to Trump’s nomination.
Clinton showcased on Thursday night what a campaign like that looks like: a maximal coalition to defeat a maximal threat.
Charlie Copeland isn’t an idiot. He knows Donald Trump has no business being the President of the United States. He knows the full implications of a Trump presidency. However, Charlie Copeland is a craven coward. That’s why he wants to pretend that he will be voting for Trump and not Clinton.
Unlike Republicans like Ken Grant and Mike Stafford, who have the guts to put the country ahead of their party, Copeland is a cowering chickenshit. Meekly continuing to play to the unhinged racists and lunatics who comprise the bulk of the DEGOP’s current membership. Here is his statement:
Where’s our live blog thread? I think Pandora is AWOL. Anyway, here it is. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes history and accepts the Democratic nomination tonight. Let us know what you are watching, hearing and thinking tonite.
And if you missed it, here is Sarah McBride with her star turn at the Convention earlier this evening:
Part 3 was released some time back and I apologize for not posting that. See the end of this post to see details on the release and wrap party for the final episode. Have you heard about this new podcast? Sponsored by the Delaware Center for Justice, this is a long-form reporting project that is meant to explore the role that poverty plays in Wilmington’s crime problems. This will be in four parts — and so far includes voices from young men wrapped up in crime as well as voices from the ACLU, Dr. Yasser Payne, Charlie Copeland and others who are illuminating the larger picture involved with Wilmington’s crime problems. I’ve listened to the first one (this is about 20 minutes long) and it is riveting. Give it a listen and I hope you’ll come back to this thread to discuss this work and the issues it raises.
Trevor Noah seems to be growing into Stewart’s old seat on The Daily Show. This election cycle seems to be helping immensely. He has been pretty on point through both conventions but especially now as we’re able to visually compare the two events side by side. Granted we have yet to see the nominee’s speech at the DNC however, after night 2 we have just about all the evidence we need to paint an accurate picture of what’s going on here. Take 8 minutes and give this clip of The Daily Show a watch as he hits the long ball.
Andrew Sullivan on Obama’s speech:
It’s been a long and entirely unexpected journey with this extraordinary figure. I’ve doubted and panicked, I’ve hyper-ventilated and wept, I’ve worried and persevered. We did a lot of that together, you and me. But I have one thing to say: he never let us down. He kept his cool, he kept his eyes on the prize, he never embarrassed and almost always lifted us up. He is a living, walking example of American exceptionalism, of why this amazing country can still keep surprising the world.
Readers know how I feel about the Clintons. But this is not about them or me. It’s about an idea of America that is under siege and under attack from a foul, divisive, dangerous demagogue. If you backed Obama, there is no choice in this election but Clinton. This is not a election to seek refuge in a third party or to preen in purist disdain from the messy, often unsatisfying duties of politics. It is an election to keep the America that Obama has helped bring into being, and the core democratic values that have defined this experiment from the very beginning: self-government, not rule by a strongman; pluralism and compassion rather than nativism and fear; an open embrace of the world, and not a terrified flight from it.
But you know what Obama gave us tonight? He gave some of us hope. Again. That’s what he does. And we will never see his like again.
Barack Obama is the best President of the life of anyone who is reading these words. It is simply an undisputed fact. Most certainly the best President since Roosevelt, there are not many of us here were alive for FDR. If not for the Constitution, I would vote for this man three to four times.
I agree. If you’re a white working class voter and you’re watching this convention, you don’t even see yourself there. Much like that virtually no minorities were seen at the Republican National Convention. This had better change or else.
This started out as a comment, but morphed into a post. Last night I was asked a question on the DNC Convention post, “Was Bill Clinton’s speech sexist?”
Oh, you want more? Ok.
Here are my thoughts on Bill’s speech. I disagree with Maddow. It wasn’t sexist, but it was a fascinating gender role reversal. Bill Clinton was the first man to give the traditional First Lady speech.
The role of the First Lady speech is to share personal stories of her and the candidate’s life together, to show what a good and loving parent the candidate is, to remind everyone of their spouses accomplishments, their strengths, etc.. Basically, the First Lady speech is an reminder and introduction to the candidate by the person who knows them best.
Bill did just that.
Ezra Klein said Bill Clinton’s convention speech encapsulated how Hillary Clinton’s admirers see her, and why they think so much of the criticism she gets is unfair.
There was a moment in Bill Clinton’s winding, loving, and occasionally weird convention speech about his wife that encapsulated how Hillary Clinton’s admirers see her, and why they think so much of the criticism she gets is unfair.
“Speeches like this are fun,” said the former president, who clearly finds giving long, nationally televised speeches to be fun. “Actually doing the work is hard.”
That’s the view Hillary Clinton’s fans have of her. Hell, it’s the view Hillary Clinton has of herself. She knows she doesn’t give great speeches. “I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama,” she’s said. But then, she doesn’t think giving great speeches is the real work of politics, even though the media and sometimes the voters mistake it for the real work of politics.
That’s what her husband means when he dismisses speeches as “fun.” He gives great speeches. But he’s also been president. And he knows the difference.
“Sources told WDEL that Roberts took his own life at his home on his family farm, the Roberts Farm, near Odessa, which was preserved by private non-profits in 2015.
The News Journal and PublicMind, a polling outfit associated with Fairleigh Dickinson University, have released a poll showing both State Sen. Bryan Townsend and former Secretary of Labor Lisa Blunt Rochester tied at 11%. Shockingly, Mike Miller gets 9%, and somehow Scott Walker, they guy with the crazy hand made signs and who stands on a painted old car waving at traffic, gets 6%.
Devastatingly, Sean Barney only gets 4%, and the other candidate, New York transplant Elias Weir, could not garner 1%.
President Hillary Clinton would like to remind you of something.
What the fuck is your problem, America??
I’m Hillary goddamn Clinton. I’m a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an insane network of powerful friends. I’m willing to spend the next eight years catching shit on all sides, all so I can fix this fucking country for you. And all you little bitches need to do is get off your asses one goddamn day in November.
“Oh but what about your eeeemaaaaillls???” Shut the fuck up. Seriously, shut the fuck up and listen for one fucking second.
Here’s all you need to know about me:
In 1992, I said I was proud to have followed my career instead of baking cookies.
Every time I have a job, y’all love me. Every time I run for anything, the GOP breaks out the big guns again and fucks me up good. And apparently it fucking works.
Yesterday got off to a bad start, with BernieorBusters booing every speaker when they dared to mention Hillary Clinton’s name and even booing a prayer. During the 5 o’clock hour, I was convinced there was going to be fist fights in the stands when they booed Michelle Obama and that Trump was destined to be President. But it seems the BernieorBusters just had to throw their little temper tantrum like the children (literally) they are. After their steam was released, the convention calmed down and it was an amazing evening with three amazing speeches by Sarah Silverman, Cory Booker and Michelle Obama.
Booker’s speech will be remembered akin to Obama’s 2004 speech. Michelle Obama’s speech will be copied by a Republican in 2024, and remembered along the greatest in American history. Sarah Silverman really gave a unity speech that was better than Warren and Bernie’s, and put the less civil BernieorBusters in their place in a classic moment that will be remembered for all time. And Bernie Sanders gave a speech, like his endorsement speech weeks ago, that was better than I could have asked for.
So, the night was more than salvaged as a show of unity.