Democrats’ convention

Transformation, bedtime style

Featured image Students of ancient history may recall that in February 2008, campaigning for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama proclaimed: “Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Before the ascent of Barack Obama, in other words, she happily disclosed, she wasn’t really proud of the United States. It was a »

Bernie shouts the case for Clinton in dark speech

Featured image Bernie Sanders made the socialist case for Hillary Clinton tonight. It’s a strong case that should persuade his rational supporters. Fortunately, for Donald Trump, it may well be that many Sanders supporters are irrational. Sanders’ address was preceded by a speech by Elizabeth Warren and an introduction by Keith Ellison. Before that, Michelle Obama spoke. I didn’t hear her speech, but assume she was good. She always is. Warren’s speech »

Will the Wheels Come Off?

Featured image At the moment, the Democratic Convention is in recess. So far, it has been a rocky day for the Dems. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have indicated that they are not appeased by the firing of Debbie Wasserman Schultz: when Hillary’s name has been mentioned, they have booed. Outside the convention hall, this is what Sanders voters are saying: Remember how outraged media commentators were when Republican convention delegates chanted “lock her »

Let’s Pile On: Re-Create ’68?

Featured image The conventional wisdom about conventions was that the Republican convention would be a fraught and contentious affair, possibly with major protests in the street, while the Democratic convention would be a smooth affair now that Bernie had officially capitulated to Hillary. The first aspect of the GOP convention (contention in the hall) lived up to billing, but the protests fizzled out. As John notes immediately below, it now it looks »

Chaos In Philadelphia

Featured image The Democratic convention is getting underway in the midst of a major scandal, the surreptitious campaign by the Democratic National Committee, under the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to secure the presidential nomination for Hillary Clinton and frustrate the Bernie Sanders campaign. (Chapter and verse here.) No one knows how Sanders and his supporters ultimately will respond to these revelations, but so far, indications are not good. This morning, Wasserman »


Featured image The release of the DNC emails provides lots of Schaednfreudtastic smiles at the expense of the criminal conspiracy that calls itself a political party, but if it is indeed the work of a foreign intelligence service (Russia most likely), then they probably have the RNC’s emails, too. Will they appear in due course? Perhaps this should be regarded as a cyber-Watergate: a political dirty trick aimed at helping one party »

Democrats In Disarray As Convention Begins [Updated]

Featured image The Democratic convention begins tomorrow in Philadelphia, with the party’s leaders scrambling to fend off a series of negative stories and present a unified front. The Wikileaks dump of 20,000 DNC emails has exacerbated divisions within the party. The emails show the DNC’s leadership plotting against Bernie Sanders, exactly as he alleged throughout the campaign. Sanders will have a lot of delegates inside the convention hall, and an unknown number »

Would you like to be???

Featured image Jim Pinkerton fantasizes an alternate universe in which the mainstream media covers the Democratic National Convention’s voice vote rejecting the platform amendment including God and Jerusalem. Los Angeles Mayor Anthonio Villaraigosa was, you may recall, presiding over the convention as King for a Day. Exercising his royal prerogative, he declared the amendment adopted despite the audible opposition expressed three times over by the Democrats in convention assembled. Pinkerton’s alternate universe »

Celebrating diversity at conventions, then and now

Featured image In 1972, I felt about President Nixon roughly the way I feel about President Obama now. Thus, I was very disappointed by the 1972 Democratic Convention, which seemed to me long on celebrating the Party’s new-found diversity among delegates and short on strong criticism of the Nixon administration. Back at law school a few weeks later, I was eating dinner with a group that included some brand new law students »

How to view Charlie Crist

Featured image Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (a Democrat) on former Republican Charlie Crist’s speech at the Democratic Convention: “Charlie is an opportunist; if this were a vegetarian conference, then Charlie would be a vegetarian.” »

Hoping for change

Featured image Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night was a bit lacking. What a mess of pottage. What a crashing bore. Let’s talk about more of the same leftist claptrap and call it “change.” Let’s talk about me and call it you. Let’s not talk about jobs or growth. Let’s not talk about protracted long-term unemployment. Let’s not talk about Obamacare. Let’s throw in a gratuitous claim of “unwavering »

One Verdict On Obama’s Speech

Featured image Everyone who watched Barack Obama last night will have an opinion on his speech, and we will probably read dozens of them over the course of the day. I found this one somewhat notable because it comes from Politico, mostly a Democratic Party organ: THE BUZZ IN CHARLOTTE: Reporters think President Obama’s speech was lame – meandering, and sounding like a State of the Union address. People at the after-parties »

That’s It??

Featured image I take back every criticism I made of Romney’s speech last week.  Next to Obama, Romney was Demosthenes.  I’m not the first to say tonight of Obama’s speech: That’s it?? I’m reminded of the story George Will likes to tell about Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who once said to an umpire after a blown call, “Are you going to get any better, or is this it?”  That now applies to »

The Dean Scream Revisited

Featured image I’ve been watching the Democratic convention with the sound turned off, following Paul’s live blog and participating in Power Line Live. And drinking wine. What a great way to endure four hours of Democratic Party propaganda! Meanwhile, emails have been coming in, and one of them had a link to this video of Jennifer Granholm, set to the “music” of Howard Dean, 2004. It sums up the dimwitted hysteria that »

One more trip to the salt mine — live blogging the DNC

Featured image 11:48. So what’s the bottom line on this Convention? I’ve probably been too deep in the trees to see the forest, but here goes. First, and most importantly, Mitt Romney took a huge amount of fire this week. He’s going to have his work cut out in trying keep the gains in his image that I think he accrued through the Republican Convention. Second, the Dems tried gamely to defend »

How Crazy Are the Democrats?

Featured image Tonight, delegates to the Democratic National Convention will cheer the prospect of another term for Barack Obama. You may wonder: who are these people? Who could possibly approve of Obama’s almost unbroken record of failure? Well, to begin with, many of them are not very bright. Many more have financial skin in the game. But a considerable number are even worse than that. Radio host Peter Schiff went to Charlotte, »

Power Line, Your One-Stop Shop for Tonight’s DNC Finale

Featured image However you plan to enjoy the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention tonight, you can stop by Power Line to enhance the experience. Paul will be live-blogging the event as he did on Tuesday and Wednesday. So you can follow his pungent and entertaining commentary as you watch. Or if, like me, you can’t bear to sit through the DNC, or all four hours of the DNC, you can follow »