The convention has been nicely managed, thanks to close cooperation between Bernie and the Clinton folks: a chance for protest, a chance to highlight Bernie's supporters and Bernie's issues, a chance to feature Sanders himself in prime time, a roll call vote where every pro-Bernie vote was cast and counted, and then a gracious gesture from Sanders to call for a voice vote to nominate Hillary Clinton by acclimation (yeah, there were some "No's" shouted). The venting, the crying, the bitterness are (mostly) past, and the overwhelming good will and excitement in the convention hall are palpable. There won't be a Ted Cruz moment, and there won't be a narrative about division and enmity dogging the nominee
How the DNC roll call vote managed to avoid disaster
Watch: the moment Bernie Sanders officially threw the nomination to Hillary Clinton
Whatever your politics, a woman winning a presidential nomination is a big f--king deal
Now we pivot to Clinton, the first female nominee by a major party: her agenda, her goals, her supporters. This is her convention now.
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Satellite Appearance at DNC: 'This Is Really Your Victory'
And for the vast majority of Bernie supporters, a chance to move forward, or move on
There comes a time in the life of all revolutions when circumstance erodes solidarity, when cracks, splits, and factions emerge. As anyone who’s been watching the Democratic Convention can attest, that time has come to the Sanders Revolution. The factions this time around aren’t Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. They’re more like the Realos (realists) and Fundis (fundamentalists) who fought each other in Germany’s Green Party once the party began to win some power. That’s not a bad way to describe the two wings of Sandersism, . . . .
Bernie-or-busters were loud last night. But 9 of 10 Sanders supporters are open to voting for Clinton.
More Highlights from Day Two
Mothers of the Movement
Bill Clinton’s Love Song
Full text: http://www.vox.com/2016/7/27/12294106/bill-clinton-full-speech-dnc
One thing that is apparent from the Democratic convention so far. Protests and disappointments in the Sanders camp aside, the overall mood and tone of the speeches has been positive and forward looking: the needs and challenges and opportunities facing the country and how Clinton will help us face them. There is humor and real star power (not hateful losers like Scott Baio) mixed in with the testimonials. Many of the speeches have been deeply moving and inspiring. There is a sense of making history.
Everyone noted the contrast with the dark, angry, apocalyptic tone of the Republican convention: Danger everywhere, inside the nation and out. Enemies who threaten us and would-be friends we can't rely on. Hillary is a monster who will destroy us all. Catastrophe looms, unless you elect ME. Only I can save you!
I have said it before: the ups and downs of the 24 hour news cycle, instant polling, the search for sensation and scandal and crisis, the disproportionate media attention to outliers because they are dramatic and colorful, etc, all distract from the objective conditions of a long campaign and what is really involved with winning and losing. And when you look at those objective conditions, the news for Trumpy is very bad
Now THIS is what I call expanding the electoral map
The discontent of moderates
How weird is it that Trumpy is shedding crocodile tears over the DNC's terrible mistreatment of Bernie Sanders, and hoping that he can peel off a significant portion of Sanders' support? And what does it say about those supporters?
Is this guy the DNC hacker?
This Russia problem is going to metastasize for Trump if he doesn't address it with something more than dismissive snark. There is something there. Definitely
Among most congressional Republicans, Vladimir Putin is not a popular figure. The GOP’s foreign policy has been largely defined by skepticism of Russia – even after the Cold War ended – and the country’s authoritarian president has only heightened the party’s attitudes. And so it must come as something of a shock to Republicans to see their party’s presidential nominee not only speak highly of Putin, and not only cozy up to Putin, but even surround himself with pro-Putin advisers. By most measures, Donald Trump is running as the most pro-Russia U.S. presidential candidate in generations. That leaves some in the GOP in an exceedingly awkward position. . . .
Why Did Trump Dodge the Russia Question?
The DNC Hack Is Watergate, but Worse
The (alleged) Russian hack of the DNC should be one of the biggest stories of the year. Why isn’t it?
I thought I'd take a moment to explain what I see as a sober, one-step-at-a-time explanation of what questions need to be answered and explored. . . . [read on]
Obama weighs in
Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin might prefer Republican nominee Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, because the business magnate has “repeatedly expressed admiration” for the Russian leader in the past. “I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,” the president said. “And I think that — Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage — back in Russia.” . . .
Now we REALLY need to see the tax returns
Trumpy finds someone to speak for him on foreign policy: Omarosa, media creation from "The Apprentice" . . . and noted foreign policy expert
One of Trumpy's favorite tag lines is that Obama/Clinton "created" ISIS. He either doesn't know or care that ISIS grew out of Al Qaeda in Iraq (under Bush)
Mr. Trump, meet Mr. Duke
Trump still having trouble knowing how to respond when asked about white supremacist David Duke
Trumpy's 'Mexicans are rapists' comment wasn't a spontaneous glitch or misstatement. It was planned in advance
Trumpy's made-up unemployment numbers
Trumpy suddenly changes on the minimum wage
[November 2015] Real estate mogul Donald Trump flatly opposed raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour during Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate, arguing that the country's wages are already "too high."
Trump: I'd Raise Minimum Wage To $10 Though 'It's Not Very Republican'
Don't believe it: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-line-the-minimum-wage-isnt-what-it-appears-be
Trump’s line on the minimum wage isn’t what it appears to be
Don’t believe what Donald Trump says: He won’t raise minimum wage
Donald Trump Jr. hints at the possibility of running for mayor of NY. Donald Trump Sr. shuts it down. Thanks Dad!
Hey Trumpy: the DNC ratings were HIGHER than yours
In other news. . .
Hillary's college plan
Their unions endorsed Clinton, but these workers are voting for Trump
Well we knew this, but good to have it confirmed
Assange, Avowed Foe of Clinton, Timed Email Release for Democratic Convention
Fox World's Bill O'Reilly chides Michelle Obama: Slaves had it GOOD
Interesting: Bernie Sanders, Independent, became Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, without ever, you know, actually BECOMING a Democrat. Now that it's over, he's an Independent again
But he still wants to reform the Democratic Party (that he's not a member of): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/15/bernie-sanderss-democratic-party-reforms-focus-on-things-that-wouldve-helped-bernie-sanders-win/
Bonus item: Crazyland