The DNC Convention was quite a mess the first day, with huge numbers of disruptions by Sanders supportes.
Chairwoman U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio gave an opening speech but was heckled with chants of “lock her up! lock her up!” referring to GOP chants to put Hillary in jail. She was clearly angry and chastised the audience saying “I will be respectful of you, I expect you to be respectful of me.” This is NOT unity.
The next speech was from a former Mayor of Denver who announced the Unity Reform Commission made up of Hillary, Bernie and DNC representatives, whose job in part is to reform the super delegate system. Results are apparently to be implemented by January 1 2018. He did not get boo’d but he did spent a lot of time trying to mollify Bernie supporters. This is not surprising given the recent batch of emails released by Wikileaks, showing blatant bias at the DNC toward Hillary
Diane Russell, a State Rep in Maine later announced amid chants of “Bernie” that super delegates would be reduced by two thirds. She cited fairer and more open processes, implying the process wasn’t open or fair.
Many celebrities spoke, punctuated by a spat between Bernie supporters and Sarah Silverman, who called them “ridiculous.”
The best speech by far was given by Michelle Obama, she was poised and passionate and appeared genuine in her support for Hillary Clinton. If I did not already know about Hillary, I certainly would view her in a favorable light. I get the feeling Michelle will be running for Senate in 2018 or 2020. She is a much better speaker than her husband (or Hillary for that matter). I might even vote for her.
I had never heard a whole speech from Elizabeth Warren before and was expecting impact, but it was quite dissappointing. Not only was she not inspirational, her content reeked of “doublethink” the term from Orwell’s 1984 that requires you believe two mutually exclusive facts as though they were perfectly compatible.
The first part of her speech was dedicated to fearing and hating Republicans, but then she alked about not succumbing to Trump’s fear and hate.
She talked about a great many problems the poor have and how it is getting worse. She blames it on the Republicans, but yet Obama has been President for 8 years.
She talked about gridlock in Congress and how no one compromises – but she is a Senator herself!
She talks about how bad the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is and says Hillary will fix it. But Hillary voted for it. If this is a rigged system, it was her own party who negotiated it in the first place.
Her speech was subjected to constant pro-Sanders jeers and chants, rarely a moment when they were quiet. It was almost as if she was being boo’d off the stage.
Bernie Sanders was received well, applause went on for several minutes, and Bernie signs covered the crowd. The crowd stayed noisy almost throughout, cameras panned to show many people weeping. They would have torn up the place if he had asked them.
But Bernie’s speech was mostly the usual, i.e. the struggle continues. Bernie did reiterate his support for Hillary and made an attempt to unify the party. The crowd still seemed reluctant.
Now they have three days to get over Bernie. If this were the only day of the convention, it was mostly a disaster. But with three more days, peope will forget, – IF – the next few days are entertaining. Getting the Bernie stuff off the table in the first day was a good move.
Note that WikiLeaks has promised another batch of emails “guaranteed” to get Hillary arrested. His timing on the last batch was perfect, we will see what he comes up with next.