Day one of the Democratic National Convention was very interesting. There was the usual backdrop of issues inside the party. There always is a bunch of backdrop issues inside the party. When you put about 5000 people from competing sides of the party together, you get backdrop issues.
The first issue was the DNC email scandal. That was bad. I said so yesterday and said that Debbie Wasserman Shultz had to go and stay away from the convention. A couple of hours before the start, she finally decided not to attend. I don’t know if she was forced to stay away or not, and I really don’t care. She needed to go and she finally did.
Then there is the talk about where the emails came from that were leaked. I was almost certain that Alex Jones and his InfoWars conspiracy theory idiots would come screaming out of the woodwork. But, then I forgot, this is the Democrats and not the Republicans problem.
There is still some investigating to do on the hack, but here is a brief timeline about what happened. Sometime in April, an independent contractor for the DNC was beginning an investigation and research into Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager. She was looking into the connection between Manafort and the Ukraine President backed by Vladimir Putin who was tossed out of office by a citizens protest. Manafort was “advising” the Ukraine President at the time. To what extent that “advising” went, I do not know.
She was gathering information from the Ukraine when Yahoo, the place she had her personal email, contacted her to inform her that a foreign government was trying to hack into her personal email account. She immediately contacted the DNC who then checked their system and discovered a hack.
The DNC hired a private cybersecurity company to investigate and try to figure where the hack was initiated. In June, this private company determined that the hack had all the “fingerprints” of two Russian Intelligence Agencies. They determined that the Russians were responsible for the hacks.
In the meantime, Donald Trump began questioning our membership in NATO. He started questioning whether or not NATO should be disbanded. Something Putin would absolutely love. On the day the Republican National Convention started, Donald Trump gave an interview with the New York Times where he said he might not “automatically defend a new NATO ally” if they were attacked by Russia. He would first have to check to see they “fulfilled their obligations to us”.
One week later, a day before the DNC was to start its convention, WikiLeaks leaked the DNC emails showing some of the party’s upper people were not in favor of Bernie Sanders gaining the nomination. What a crazy coincidence. This is the cue for Alex Jones to start his conspiracy theory about the Russians meddling in U.S. politics. But, Alex Jones hates Hillary Clinton more than he hates Vladimir Putin.
I do not know what involvement the Russians had, if any. I also know that none of this would have mattered if Debbie Wasserman Shultz didn’t run the DNC like her own little “power world”. In the end, Debbie Wasserman Shultz is the one to blame for this mess. And, she has paid dearly. She may even lose her primary for reelection over this. If she does, she has no one to blame but herself.
I’ll wait for the final investigations into the matter to settle just who did the hacks and where WikiLeaks got the emails. I am no conspiracy theory nut. But, if it does prove to be true that Russia is trying to influence our election to favor Trump, that would be disastrous even for him.
The first day of the convention was marked by the “Berniacs” not wanting to give up their fight for their candidate. I can understand their disappointment. However, they should also be reveling in the fact that they got about 90 percent of their issues into the official Democratic Platform. As Bernie Sanders said himself, this is the most progressive platform in the party’s history.
For once, the Democrats actually have a platform that I can actually get behind. Yes, it will be something that will be difficult to get passed into law. Yes, it is very progressive. Yes, there are no guaranties about how much the party will actually fight for it. But, it is in writing. It is saying this is what the Democratic Party now stands for and it is about time.
Let face facts. You may or may not agree with the platform or the Democrats policies. But, at least they told you what they were unlike their Republican cousins. We have yet to hear what Trump’s policies are. Except “believe me”.
This platform is one that really supports all of the people and their rights. It is something that says being American isn’t just shouting U.S.A. It is about the people and making their lives better. The Bernie Sanders movement made this platform possible and they should revel in that fact. No, their candidate didn’t win. But the causes their candidate fought for did!
We also saw the Democratic Party give Bernie Sanders supporters their time on stage. Instead of “quashing” any dissent like the RNC did at their convention, the Democrats let the dissatisfied have their say. And, unlike the RNC, Bernie Sanders’ name will be placed in nomination tonight so his supporters can cast their ballots for him.
The evening speakers were very good. Corey Booker gave a very uplifting speech that rallied the crowd. Elizabeth Warren gave a pointed speech poking Donald Trump and his fantasy world. Bernie Sanders gave a great speech. But, the crowning jewel was Michelle Obama. About the only person with a better ability to speak in public I have seen is her husband. But the difference is razor-thin.
Her speech was so good, that one Republican Strategist jokingly said it was so good “we might hear it again at the next Republican Convention.” There can be no better praise than that.
The first day began with turmoil. I might even say it was chaotic. But, the evening ended extremely well. The best part for me was the Democrats actually laid out their plans much better than the Republicans did. The Democrats painted a much different picture than the Republicans.
Instead of telling us that our country is in deep trouble and in dire straights, they gave us a positive view of what we have achieved since the debacle that was George W. Bush’s time in office. They reminded us of the recovery we made from the great recession of 2008. But, they did not back down from the idea that we have much more work to do.
For the first time we heard about climate change. We heard about health care. We heard about immigration reform. We heard about energy. We heard about the environment. We heard about education. These are all things we never heard even uttered by the RNC. Except “build the wall”.
Next up is the roll call to nominate their candidate. What happens after the vote will help determine just how good this convention can become. I do not believe that all of the Berniacs will ever support Hillary Clinton. But, the platform speaks for itself.
On the Democratic side we have a platform filled with things that will help all Americans. On the Republican side we have a platform filled with hate and divisiveness. It is also filled with positions that clearly state that their “government” will tell the rest of us how to live our lives.
Yesterday there were some fireworks. There was some chaos. There was some good. I would say yesterday was far better than the circus the RNC gave us last week on their first day. The other thing to remember, is none of the major players in the party have “boycotted” the convention for “haircuts” or “fly-fishing”. Nor, has anyone refused to be a speaker at this convention.
I thought day one was much better than the RNCs day one. You have to decide for yourself. Let’s see what happens on day two.