Here’s your chance to share your thoughts on the 2016 Democratic convention.

15 Responses to Here’s your DNC 2016 open thread!

  1. John Casper says:

    Zach, thanks.

    Heard great things about, “Michelle Obama’s FULL REMARKS at Democratic National Convention” (15:03).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7739moaapI

    Hope she gets out on campaign trail.

  2. AJ says:

    From what I have scene on tv the convention is going well for the Democrats. At the end of the day most voters want to hear what Democrats have to offer as a party. More house cleaning may have to happen once the investigation concludes but getting Debbie Wasserman Schultz out was good start. Being impartial in a primary is important to the character of the DNC.

  3. GuyFromWI says:

    There was a lot of rabble rousing early on last night, from what I could tell. Sarah Silverman (who I would never have expected to see speaking at an event like this) and Al Franken kind of diffused things with some humor. Having Paul Simon do “Bridge over Troubled Waters” was a nice touch.

    Cory Booker gave a good speech, but a bit too long and seemed like he was trying to cram in a million different points when he should have just focused on a few key points.

    Michelle Obama’s speech was definitely the highlight of the night. It was an excellent speech, delivered well. She has a future now in politics, should she wish to pursue it.

    I was a bit underwhelmed by Elizabeth Warren. Her comments were fine, but I was hoping for a bit more…what exactly, I don’t know.

    Bernie Sanders was fine. A lot of what we’ve heard before, but it was a night and day difference to what the GOP received from Ted Cruz at their convention.

  4. Dan says:

    I noticed a bit of tactical language that seemed to be intended to either ridicule or maybe scare the Bernie supporters into coming on board.

    Didn’t hear the phrase “Bernie Bros” once though, so maybe they have backed off of that rhetoric.

  5. AJ says:

    I think at the end of the day this election is going to come down to the Bread and Butter issues of Social Security and Medicare and what will happen if they are privatized. With all the changes in voting laws, I just do not understand how Wisconsin is not considered a major swing state nationally.

    • GuyFromWI says:

      My guess is that it’s the combination of huge enthusiasm for Russ Feingold, huge negativity toward Trump from die-hard Republican voters (good job, Sykes & Belling!), and the fact Wisconsin hasn’t gone for the Republican presidential nominee since Reagan in ’84.

    • John Casper says:

      AJ,

      Correct and “Clinton backs public option on health care in nod to Sanders supporters,”

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/09/politics/hillary-clinton-health-care-public-option-bernie-sanders/

      is huge.

      CNN’s reporting she would lower Medicare’s eligibility age to 55. That would enable a lot of people to retire, or work less. That would open up a lot of jobs for younger people.

      CNN’s also reporting she would let Americans younger than 55 buy Medicare coverage. That coverage is superior to what health insurance oligopoly offered under Obamacare.

  6. Duane12 says:

    My greatest fear is that the Donald will resign prior to November because it infringes upon his selfishness/ego or be forced to withdraw because of a huge oral faux pas (really!) or just one too many dumb, insensitive untruthful claims evidenced by a huge displeasure of the electorate in the polls.

    What then?

    A substitute write in? Sarah Palin, Gingrich, Cruez, one of the Koch Brats, Jeb?

    God help us!

  7. Dan says:

    It’s gotten crazy enough now that the conspiracy theory I have heard trotted out sporadically; that Trump is a plant sent by the Democrats to ruin the GOP, is starting to sound plausible.

    HRC must be loving this, she doesn’t even really have to try. She should save her campaign funds for 2020.

    • Duane12 says:

      Trump’s implosion and the GOP’s resulting problems is “good news” but results in almost no “free” press coverage of Hillary. She can’t win by default; Hillary still has to win over segments who may skip the election or vote for one of the independents.

      • John Casper says:

        Agree.

        Marcy Wheeler’s, “What Price Victory,” is an excellent read.

        “Democrats, it appears, want to become the party of the Republican soccer mom, which may work well with the bellicose warmongering, but which seems to view economic malaise as an opportunity rather than a problem.

        So yeah, by all means, let’s beat the orange crazy man.

        But let’s also be cognizant of the more politically palatable craziness that gets embraced in the process.”

        https://www.emptywheel.net/2016/08/03/what-price-victory/

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