Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

If you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well. Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated:

It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.

(Emphasis added)

Later on, when rioting ran rampant, Rawlings-Blake had the police stand down.

Under Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore police force has become hugely demoralized. The force is shrinking and the murder rate is soaring.

Kent Scheidegger of the Crime and Consequences blog writes:

If the Democratic Party wanted to make this election all about who is on the criminals’ side and who is on the law-abiding people’s side, with themselves being the wrong side, it could hardly have chosen a more effective face to put forward to open its convention.

We know that Donald Trump wants to make the election in significant part about who is on the criminals’ side. During his acceptance speech, Trump declared himself “the law and order candidate.”

He is. By default.