"It Takes A Village." We've all heard it and frankly, it's getting pretty stale.
Just the thought of another Clinton administration is nauseating. Seriously, the only thing that could make it better is if Bill showed up in an evening gown at the inauguration ball - considering that Hillary will be wearing the pantsuit. Oh, the precedents Bubba could set as the first "first gentleman"!
The Democratic National Convention was full of false narratives, hypocrisy - and the laughable notion that America has been the best it's ever been.
What to take away from the Democrat National Convention? Democrats know how to choreograph a convention, tell a story, stay on theme, and quell opposition.
The Democratic National Convention was a well-orchestrated exercise in propaganda. An Oscar-worthy performance, the Democrats presented a strong image unity and patriotism that, in truth, stands in stark contrast to the Party's everyday words and deeds.
Last week, to nearly universal acclaim, Ivanka Trump, dynamic and accomplished daughter to the Republican presidential nominee, delivered a clear, articulate and compelling address to the Republican National Convention, the American people and the world. Walking gracefully yet powerfully onto the stage with the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" playing, Ivanka's delivery was so sharp and impressive that even CNN commentator Mel Robbins wrote that Ivanka had done "an amazing job."
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Eugene Slaven - The American Thinker
In what was mercifully one of his last major primetime speeches as president, Barack Obama declared to the fawning hordes at the Democratic National Convention that "America is already great."
As political theatre, America's party conventions have no parallel. Activists from right and left converge to choose their nominees and celebrate conservatism (Republicans) and progressivism (Democrats). But this year was different, and not just because Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. The conventions highlighted a new political faultline: not between left and right, but between open and closed (see article). Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, summed up one side of this divide with his usual pithiness. "Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo," he declared. His anti-trade tirades were echoed by the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.
Pat Caddell reacts to the hypocrisy of the DNC
Rick Santorum contrasts the RNC and the DNC
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Emily Goodin, Caitlin Huey-Burns & Alexis Simendinger - Real Clear Politics
Hillary Clinton came full circle here Thursday night, completing her long arc from controversial first lady who defended her philandering husband to New York senator who saw the 2008 presidential nomination taken from her by a rising star from Illinois to secretary of state who became embroiled in the Benghazi and email scandals to her party's nominee.
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Nate Silver - FiveThirtyEight
In contrast to Republicans, whose convention had a random-seeming parade of speakers each night, Democrats mostly hit their marks and stuck to the traditional convention script. Each day of the Democratic National Convention had an overarching strategic goal. Monday was about uniting the party.
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Conrad Black - New York Sun
The last of the endless refuges of the Never Trump brigades were vacated as the once unthinkable Trump campaign departed Cleveland victorious. All the claims that there would be an anti-Trump coup attempt by procedural experts at the convention, or a fractured party and a third candidate, or a political disaster that would cause the Republican congressional leadership to "drop [Trump] like a hot rock" (in Senator Mitch McConnell's words), all to be followed naturally by a Clinton landslide - none of it happened.
The Republican and Democratic conventions constitute one of the most tumultuous periods in general election polling -- voters are watching the speakers, reading headlines and forming opinions in real time, causing the numbers to change quickly, which is a problem for polls conducted over multiple days.
If you watched the final night of the Democratic Convention on television at home or at a watch party, it might have seemed like everything went pretty well for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. She gave a decent speech, hit all the points she need to hit, there were some strong speeches earlier in the night, and despite some disruptions from protesters earlier in the week the convention ended up being more or less the media spectacle party officials hoped it would be.