Note: Without favoring Republicans, Democrats, or others, thanks to gavel to gavel TV coverage, "Outtakes" reports on both conventions and more. Last week, the GOP. Today, the Democrats. Next week, the "others."
After a rather gloomy and somewhat pessimistic get-together the GOP had in Cleveland, the Democrats met in the City of Brotherly Love for a more optimistic gathering. It didn't start out on a positive note. Before the doors were even opened the sparks began flying with more email controversy; this time, DNC emails.
And when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, it upset Bernie Sanders fans. One described Kaine as being a loyal servant of oligarchy. It may've been a first for "oligarchy" being used in a political campaign. Regardless, history prevailed.
With a well-delivered speech, First Lady Michelle Obama, reminded delegates on the convention's first day not to "let anyone tell you that this country isn't great." And in a Keynote Address, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) made the case for Hillary.
She was followed by Sanders who, in a unifying effort, stressed that Hillary is by far a better choice on every issue. Those words, however, fell on deaf ears as delegates affixed Duct tape over their mouths with the word, "silenced," indicating DNC rules prohibit them from speaking.
It was on the second day that history was written. Beginning with Sanders' nomination, Cinton's followed. When it was all over, Clinton walked away victorious, thus becoming the first woman from a major political party to ever be nominated for President of the United States. In a classy act, Sanders then rose and motioned for acclimation.
The day ended with a unity speech from former President Bill Clinton who electrified the crowd as only he can, and a video of Hillary Clinton appeared on a gigantic screen thanking the delegates for their support.
After the roof collapsed on Donald Trump for insisting that Russia return DNC emails, day three saw Kaine nominated for vice-president. And then, just as Trump gave Clinton the "Crooked" Hillary nickname, he immediately tagged her running mate with "Corrupt" Kaine. Strangely, I have yet to understand why. Perhaps he prefers names beginning with "C."
The Dems booked star political speakers, all in support of Clinton. Beside Kaine, they included former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vice President Joe Biden, and the top man, himself, President Barack Obama.
Kaine fired up the delegates by calling Trump a "one-man wrecking crew" who could not be trusted. The billionaire Bloomberg, eighth richest man in the world, called the Republican candidate a "dangerous demagogue" and a con, explaining, "I'm a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one."
Amid a chorus of "Not a clue," Biden took Trump to task for his trademark reality TV slogan, "You're fired." As an expert on foreign policy, the vice president said Trump was unfit to serve as president.
After receiving a standing ovation, President Obama thrilled the crowd with three words. When they booed Trump's name, Obama told them, "Don't boo, vote." He added, "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States." Then, as if apologizing, he joked, "I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth."
To deafening cheers, Hillary joined Obama, sending the delegates ga-ga.
On the last day, Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother as only a child can, with Hillary appearing to a wild welcome. Surprising her admirers with a speech filled with optimism, she defined Nov. 8th as a "Day of Reckoning." When she reminded them that "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons," the masses rocked.
Now the real campaign begins. With both candidates nearly tied, and 25 percent of the voters still undecided, it promises to be a historical election.
Next Week: The others.
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