The Virtual Convention continues……
Day two of the Dem Convention is pretty much like day one….blah blah yada yada….beat Trump…..but for those that need more let me help out…..
A few big names like Bubba Clinton are on tap for day Two…..
NBC News uses the word “eviscerates” to describe Bill Clinton’s treatment of President Trump during the former president’s speech at night No. 2 of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday. “If you want a president who defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man,” Clinton said. “Denying, distracting, and demeaning works great if you’re trying to entertain and inflame. But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards.” NBC notes that the appearance by Clinton, who has spoken at every Democratic convention for more than 30 years, was controversial this year given his history and the #MeToo era. More from the night, which, as the first night, included Republican voices for Joe Biden:
- Biden is now the official Democratic presidential nominee, the AP reports. In what the Washington Post calls the “first virtual national party roll-call vote,” convention delegates announced how many of the state’s delegates were pledged to Biden. NBC notes that part of the convention is typically “sleepy” and even “tedious,” but the pandemic-induced virtual DNC managed to make it interesting, showing a video that was, essentially, a tour of the USA. The views included Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, a Puerto Rican community recovering from a hurricane, and Washington’s Black Lives Matter Plaza.
- Republicans Colin Powell and Cindy McCain spoke, with Powell formally endorsing Biden. “The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform, were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania,” he said. “I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States, because those values still define him. And we need to restore those values to the White House.”
- John Kerry said Trump “inherited a growing economy and a more peaceful world. And like everything else he inherited, he bankrupted it. When this president goes oversees it isn’t a goodwill mission. It’s a blooper reel.”
- The keynote “speaker” of the night was actually a group of 17 young, diverse Democrats who were featured in a video montage. Among them was Stacey Abrams. “In a democracy, we do not elect saviors. We cast our ballots for those who see our struggles and pledge to serve,” she said.
- Interestingly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her 60 seconds of speaking time to second the nomination of Bernie Sanders for president. She did, however, congratulate Biden on his nomination, NBC notes. Per this Twitter explainer, AOC’s nomination of Sanders was a “symbolic” “formality” given that he was the only candidate other than Biden to reach the 300-delegate threshold.
- NBC says Jill Biden “stole the show” with her deeply personal speech. Included in the topics it touched on: the death of the couple’s son, Beau. “How do you make a broken family whole? The same way you make a nation whole,” she said. “With love and understanding. And with small acts of kindness. With bravery, with unwavering faith. You show up for each other in big ways and small ones. Again and again.”
- Other big names included Jimmy Carter and John Legend, who closed out the night with a performance.
- In what NBC calls a “standout moment,” Ady Barkan, a health care activist battling ALS, said, “We live in the richest country in history and yet we do not guarantee this most basic human right,” and that “even during this terrible crisis, Donald Trump and Republican politicians are trying to take away millions of people’s health insurance. With the existential threat of another four years of this president, we all have a profound obligation to act.”
- Barack Obama, who won’t speak at the convention until Wednesday night, offered Biden congratulations on his nomination on Twitter. “I’m proud of you,” he wrote.
And let’s not forget John McCain’s wife…..but I am not sure if she was just there as a nicety or did she actually endorse Biden…….
Joe Biden and John McCain had an “unlikely friendship,” said Cindy McCain while speaking Tuesday night at the virtual Democratic National Convention. They met when Biden was a young senator and McCain a Senate liaison for the Navy, and their relationship progressed to the point that their families shared backyard picnics—despite Biden and McCain’s political disagreements. “They would just sit and joke. It was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them,” Cindy McCain said amid a video montage that included clips of the two men together, per Politico.
Their willingness to reach across the aisle “was a style of legislating and leadership that you don’t find much any more,” she continued. However, Fox News notes the longtime Republican stopped short of formally endorsing Biden, though Politico says it’s “unclear” whether her appearance was meant to be taken as such an endorsement. Both Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan have openly criticized President Trump (a major John McCain foe), but while Meghan McCain confirmed she will be voting for Biden in November, Cindy McCain has previously pushed back against reports that she would be throwing her support behind him
AOC had 60 seconds and that was by design….the DNC is scared to death of AOC for her leadership and policies……DNC did not want to give her a good spot as a platform.
All in all Day Two is in the bag…..and Wednesday will be the big nite for ex-President Obama will speak……
Finally, the Dems foreign policy was about yesterday with Powell and John Kerry…..needed to be more forward looking….a disappointment for me.
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