DNC Opens in Philadelphia

It's Day One of the DNC. Among the prominent speakers tonight are Michelle Obama,Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will not open the convention (she resigned this weekend.) The opening, at 4pm, will be done by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

The online streaming coverage seems messy, with intrusive comment feeds, live pundit commentary and multiple video frames. The You Tube channel for the DNC is here. [More....]

Bill Clinton is speaking Tuesday, but I'm skipping the rest of the night's program -- it's all mothers of deceased sons, including Trayvon Martin's mother. Wednesday: I'll watch Obama, but I have no interest in hearing from Joe Biden or victims of gun violence. Nor do I care to watch "ordinary people" tell their stories.

Having attended the DNC in Boston in 2004 and Denver in 2008, both of which I very much enjoyed, this year's convention seems far too divisive and overly focused on particular sub-groups rather than all Democrats. I hope they do more than say Trump will be a disaster. They need to expound on policy, and if all they do is harp on gun violence, there's little chance they'll sway any Republicans or Libertarians to vote for Democrats in November.

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    surprised Michelle is speaking again (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CST on Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 02:19:03 PM EST
    She might be the only person to have a speech at the RNC and DNC in the same year.

    I don't remember enough about the other (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by ruffian on Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 02:58:04 PM EST
    conventions to know what subgroups were highlighted at that time- veterans probably? I think part of a convention is to let all of the base constituents of the party a chance to talk about what is most on their minds that year. Obviously no one has to watch anything they are not interested in.

    DWS should leave town (none / 0) (#1)
    by Michael Masinter on Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 01:38:35 PM EST
    What a disaster DWS has been. Too bad she's not leaving town after being booed off the stage at Florida's meeting this morning.  

    If that's your metric .... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Yman on Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 02:11:06 PM EST
    ... for who should leave town, you'll need a bigger bus.   So far,  disgruntled Sanders delegates have booed Nancy Pelosi and Bernie himself,  and it sounds like they're just getting started.  

    They're going to turn this convention into a bigger circus than the GOP convention.


    ... that there is no us in them, then they're off to a really great start. The Achilles' Heel of the far left and the far right in this country is their chronic inability to play well with others in the political sandbox. Both factions claim to speak for the "Real America," yet both prove to care about only themselves and their own opinions.

    More on DWS (none / 0) (#2)
    by Michael Masinter on Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 02:06:32 PM EST
    How come DWS waited so long? Why did she hold on to a job she so poorly performed when her continued presence was hindering what should have been her primary goal once the primaries were over -- the election of Secretary Clinton. Did DWS think the convention was all about her? That she was the actual candidate? Falling on her sword would have  been easy and honorable; instead others finally had to run her through.