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Monday, July 25, 2016

Observations about the Democrat Convention -- Day 1

It's been an interesting first day in Philadelphia for the Democrats.  Here are just a few of the most important points:

1.  The speakers kept hammering Donald Trump for things he has said.  For example, Corey Booker took great offense that Trump said a federal judge of Mexican heritage could be biased against him because of his views on illegal immigration.  The didn't actual mention things that Trump actually did, and there was very little mention of policy.  It's a striking contrast to the GOP convention where they blasted Hillary Clinton for things that she had done or failed to do.

2.  The booing at the mention of Clinton's name was extraordinary.  I can't remember the last time a nominee was booed at his or her own convention.  I guess it was 1968 in Chicago when the Democrats essentially melted down in anger.

3.  There was a great deal of anger on the convention floor which was also surprising.  There was a moment on the NBC coverage when one delegate denounced another delegate who was wearing tape over her mouth that said "Silenced" on it.  The woman with the tape was a Sanders supporter.  The woman who denounced her was for Hillary.  She said that it was outrageous, disrespectful and disgusting for the Sanders delegate to wear the tape.  The most amazing thing, however, was that the Hillary delegate said that the Sanders delegate could not have been silenced because she is white.  It was a small scale demonstration of everything that is wrong with the Democrats.  They don't want free speech if it disagrees with them and they think that the race of the speaker actually makes a difference.

4.  The level of anger was even greater on the street outside the hall than on the floor.  I watched thousands of people march outside chanting "Hell no, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary."   It's an ominous sign for the Clinton campaign.

5.  The DNC email leak has left the Clintons with nothing to say.  Hillary claimed to know nothing about it yesterday.  Today, there were multiple people who pointed to the Russians as the source of the leak, but whenever any of them were pressed for proof of this claim, they each backed away from it.  It surprises me that the Clintons would use such a clearly lame excuse in response to such a big problem.

6.  Lastly, I remain astonished that Hillary has installed Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the honorary chair of the Clinton campaign.  Debbie had to resign in disgrace after being booed by the delegates from her own state.  The only conceivable explanation for Hillary's move is that Debbie has some information that would be devastating to the Clinton campaign were it to leak out.  I think Clinton's honoring of Debbie must be a way to keep her quiet.  Nothing else seems plausible.

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