Democrats’ convention

I’ve Seen This Movie Before: Reboot or Sequel?

Featured image Reboots are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and also in politics it seems. There’s something familiar about a Democratic nomination contest featuring a former Vice President trying to fend off a challenge from a far left Senator who enjoys the enthusiastic backing of the frenzied left for the privilege of facing off against a Republican incumbent that Democrats loathe with the intensity of a thousand white hot suns. »

Chicago, 50 Years On

Featured image Arthur Herman has a good recollection over at National Review of the climax of the Democratic Party’s disastrous 1968 national convention in Chicago exactly 50 years ago on this date. It was unhappiness with the grassroots of the party that led to the “reforms” that disempowered party bosses and insiders and made the Democratic Party more populist (that’s before “populism” became a dirty word for liberals), resulting in such sterling »

Democrats Explained

Featured image I didn’t think anyone could make sense of Democrats, but the good folks at Bad Lip Reading have done it: »

Clinton’s bounce is probably here to stay

Featured image There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton received a sizable bounce from the Democratic convention. Sean Trende says that Clinton’s position in the polls appears to have improved by at least six points, though some of the improvement may be due to Donald Trump’s dispute with the parents of a dead war hero, rather than the Dems’ convention per se. Trende asks whether the bounce will last. He notes that »

Clinton seems to have gotten a bounce

Featured image It’s too early to say for sure, but recent polling suggests that Hillary Clinton received a bounce from the Democratic convention. The magnitude of her bounce is unclear but looks to be of about the same magnitude as the one Donald Trump probably received from the Republican convention. As I discussed here, heading into the Republican event, Clinton had in led four of the five most recent polls on the »

More watched Dems than Repubs, but more watched Trump than Clinton

Featured image We’re still waiting to see how much bounce, if any, the Democrats gained from their convention. But the television ratings are in. The Democrats had larger audiences the first three nights; the Republicans received a larger share for the finale. The degree of the Democrats’ edge varied over the first three nights. On Monday, apparently it was about half a million viewers. On Tuesday, the Dems had approximately 5 million »

The First Third of Hillary’s Speech Was Awful

Featured image Duty won out last night, for a while, anyway. I steeled myself to watch Hillary’s acceptance speech, beginning with the introduction by her daughter Chelsea. As the Fox hosts carefully noted after Chelsea finished, politicians’ children are traditionally off limits for criticism. Sure: but if you choose your son or daughter to deliver an important speech at a national convention, people are going to form some kind of judgment on »

Sleepers don’t awake

Featured image Hillary Clinton demonstrated again in her DNC acceptance speech that she is a terrible public speaker. Politic has posted the text of the speech here. C-SPAN has posted video of the speech here; PBS has posted it on YouTube here. Having received some of the best instruction in the world on how to do it, Madam Hillary has absorbed this lesson: speak slowly. Speak as if you’re talking to children. »

Dems end on a mediocre note, but probably helped themselves this week

Featured image The Democrats wrapped up their convention tonight. Like the Republican convention, this one had its ups and downs, along with more turmoil than probably was expected. But I believe that, like the Republican convention, this one will produce a decently large bounce for the nominee — in this case Hillary Clinton. I believe this for two reasons. First, Hillary received the benefit of what (by all accounts) were strong speeches »

Did Obama Help Hillary?

Featured image Contrary to what seems to be the conventional wisdom, I don’t think President Obama is a particularly good speaker. This is partly because he is lost without a teleprompter, partly because he has no gift for the memorable turn of phrase, and partly because he rarely talks about anything except himself. Think about it–when has an Obama speech ever moved public opinion on any issue? Never. If he has ever »

And Now: DNC Voicemails!

Featured image When Wikileaks first released classified materials embarrassing to the Bush Administration, the left either celebrated or was silent about the security implications of this kind of disclosure of classified information. This contrasts with the case of the Pentagon Papers way back in 1971. Since those secret documents were deeply embarrassing to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Nixon’s political operatives briefly considered exploiting them for partisan gain. But Nixon and Kissinger »

Obama paints Trump as post-ideological

Featured image I didn’t watch President Obama’s speech to the convention tonight. By all accounts, it was an outstanding one. If so, I’m not surprised. Here’s a passage that caught my attention when I read it: [This election] is not just a choice between parties or policies, the usual debates between left and right. This is a more fundamental choice about who we are as a people. . . . [W]hat we »

Kaine shows how easy it is to skewer Trump

Featured image I missed President Obama’s speech to the convention (okay, I skipped it), but watched Tim Kaine’s. I thought the speech was a tale of two halves. The first half was mediocre. Much of it consisted of self-congratulation delivered with a certain smugness and no particular oratorical skill. The only times Kaine came close to achieving lift off was when he spoke Spanish. The convention hall audience loved it. Kaine was »

Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary

Featured image I caught Bill Clinton’s speech on the radio driving back from a minor league baseball game in Woodbridge, Virginia. Woodbridge is far enough outside the beltway that nary a person sitting near me tonight mentioned politics. But despite its distance from my house, about 40 miles, Bill’s oration lasted for nearly the entirety of my drive home. Clinton devoted almost his entire speech to trying to paint an attractive picture »

Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

Featured image 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 »

He (she) who gets booed

Featured image I doubt that anyone, Republican or Democrat, watched the entire session of the Democratic convention yesterday, except for those who are paid to. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is paid to report, from a leftist perspective, on the human comedy. Thus, he apparently watched the whole thing. Here, from Milbank’s column, is a list of folks who were booed yesterday when they mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen »

Loose Ends, Convention Style

Featured image • There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »