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    I watched Day 1 of the DNC -- a two hour program filled with testimonies of voters, speeches by politicians, and culminating in a magnificent 18 minute speech by Michelle Obama. Considering the virtual format, I thought the organizers did a good job. The program flowed without any technical hiccups or interruptions. No protests, no cheering audience except some virtual applauses, no noise except some carefully selected background music on some of the video clips serving as fillers. I never got bored which says something in itself. I admit to losing attention when some of the speakers on stage in 2016 rambled on and on.

    This first day of messaging was sharp and focused. Even Bernie Sanders gave a good speech on why his supporters need to support Biden. Ditto on Kasich on why Republicans need to cross over and support Biden.

    I noticed that several of the speakers spoke only of Biden and did not mention Kamala Harris. I wonder if that was intentional to let everyone know it is Biden running for president and not Harris, given all the hype about her in the past week.

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    Here's is the one line from Michelle Obama's speech about Donald Trump that journalists are citing:

    "Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country", calling him out by name. "He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is," she said.

    The "is what it is" words are also Trump's words in describing the dire state of the coronavirus. She used those same words deliberately to describe the dire state of the Trump presidency. He is clearly over his head.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Here's is the one line from Michelle Obama's speech about Donald Trump that journalists are citing:

    "Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country", calling him out by name. "He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is," she said.

    The "is what it is" words are also Trump's words in describing the dire state of the coronavirus. She used those same words deliberately to describe the dire state of the Trump presidency. He is clearly over his head.

    I noticed that line, too...and I was like....OOOOOOOHHHH!! BURN!!!

    Burn sizzle fry sizzle fry fry BURN!!
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    Yes, I must say that this thing is much better than an "real" convention; but yeah "words" alone are nice, but I wonder about the real action which should follow and even now. The Post Master is still in place; this idiot and other Trumper cronies still can do lots of harm before the election and may still win the election via all kinds of corruption. Down the street in this community here, they still put Trump signs in their yards; so these idiots still have not learned anything at all, that their hero is an con-man and crook. So I'm afraid as last time, that he will bribe the "electoral college", which is an ridiculous awful way to elect an President; may it worked in 1800, but not now. So don't sell the hide of the bear before you even shot it. Hillary "won" by more than 3 million votes and guess who got the job ; the worst crook ever!.
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    I just checked the transcript of Michelle Obama's speech and not one mention of Kamala Harris. Ditto for some of the other speeches. I suppose her day will be Wednesday when she gives the keynote speech for that day. On Tuesday, the keynote speech will be Jill Biden.

    True to form though, Donald Trump wasted no time in criticizing Michelle Obama's speech.

    The Hill: Trump lashes out at Michelle Obama over address at Democratic convention

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I just checked the transcript of Michelle Obama's speech and not one mention of Kamala Harris. Ditto for some of the other speeches. I suppose her day will be Wednesday when she gives the keynote speech for that day. On Tuesday, the keynote speech will be Jill Biden.

    True to form though, Donald Trump wasted no time in criticizing Michelle Obama's speech.

    The Hill: Trump lashes out at Michelle Obama over address at Democratic convention

    Donald Trump never has a nice word to say about anyone who won't lick his toes.

    It's like...if you won't lick his boots, you can't play in his sandbox...what a complete and total thin-skinned crybaby jerk.

    Imagine if a woman politician, or Heaven forbid a trans woman politician like me...were EVER to display the trait of being thin-skinned...they would crawl all over us like flies on caca!!
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    Why worry about speeches? It is the real actions which count. The only thing you get is of course an "bully" reaction of an person super "corrupt money hungry monster" so why worry about that ; people with "brains" see it as just another "bad" movie. Facts matter; not the "bully" tactics. Yes people you voted this piece of shit into the W.H.; now try to get him out; which will be a lot more difficult than you might think. He loves the "gold" mine and the "treatment as an "king". He will not go unless there is an huge "win" by the Dem's; even then, he'll find some trick to stay via an "corrupt "electoral college" or other means.
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    I am looking forward to the Tuesday show and Jill Biden's speech. I like the new two hour format mixing in a program of voter interviews and statements, short speeches by lesser politicians, a little music from a band, and finishing with the keynote speech. Plus the people who "splice" it all together into a continual flowing virtual program. There is no time until the end for journalist commentary except Rachel Maddow yesterday did chime in briefly a few times to let viewers know what is going on.

    And that's what I really don't miss...those pundits like Chris Matthews interrupting and commenting while someone is speaking on the stage. They have time before and after, and yesterday on MSNBC it was three successful accomplished women: Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid and Nicole Wallace who provided intelligent and informed commentary. Later Brian Williams took over with his crew but I admit to liking the three women better.

    I'm hooked...

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    Also on Tuesday night Cindy McCain will speak (prerecorded) about John McCain's friendship with Joe Biden and will be endorsing Joe. That should drive Trump into another rage.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Also on Tuesday night Cindy McCain will speak (prerecorded) about John McCain's friendship with Joe Biden and will be endorsing Joe. That should drive Trump into another rage.
    It does not seem to be a very difficult thing to do...drive Trump into a rage!

    All you have to do is criticize him a little bit, push back against him in any way...and the gloves are off.

    Imagine a woman politician that acted like that!!
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    Again I thought Day 2 was well orchestrated. It flowed. Good speeches. The introduction of Jill Biden and her life was well done. She made a good speech from her old classroom focusing on the effects that Covid-19 is having on education.

    Much of the night was "touchy - feely" especially the parts of Biden losing his first wife and daughter in a car crash. It would be interesting to hear the Trump - Melania life story...how he was having an affair with Melania while still married to Marla.

    The vote casting by state was done efficiently and quickly. So much better than on a convention floor.

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    The first two days were well planned and executed. I like it better than the traditional convention, maybe because its just a change. All the speakers did a good job focusing on different topics.

    Its one thing to get the silent support from various high profile republicans who see Trump for who he really is, and there is a lot of support for Biden within the leadership of the Republican party, but to speak at the Democratic convention is akin to saying "Trump is not only unqualified to be president, he extremely bad for the Republican party and the entire country."

    It will be interesting to see what the RNC decides to do and how much they attempt to mimic the DNC. We know Trump well enough, he's going to demand that the RNC put on a bigger and more outlandish reality TV show production, probably playing music Trump wants, but don't have legal permission (as already denied by Neil Young). Good chance Trump will demand that not a single person be shown wearing a health mask... The key to remember "everything Trump touches dies", so the more he is involved in RNC process the more screwed up it will be, so I am hoping he is micro-managing every single detail of the Republican convention, that way it will be assured to be the worst Republican convention in the parties' history. I want to be laughing to from start to finish.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Again I thought Day 2 was well orchestrated. It flowed. Good speeches. The introduction of Jill Biden and her life was well done. She made a good speech from her old classroom focusing on the effects that Covid-19 is having on education.

    Much of the night was "touchy - feely" especially the parts of Biden losing his first wife and daughter in a car crash. It would be interesting to hear the Trump - Melania life story...how he was having an affair with Melania while still married to Marla.

    The vote casting by state was done efficiently and quickly. So much better than on a convention floor.

    What was really nice about that was each state being able to showcase something about their state
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    Too many confuse the loudness of 45 as strength. We know the difference. Many want to get a sign of strength from Mr. Biden. I hope his speech writers keep in mind that while we all know in our minds the choice is obvious, it requires some salesmanship to bring over enough voters from the other side and many who are still undecided.
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    Yes unfortunately the largest part of the electorate has already made up their minds, both on the left and the right. So all this vote pandering is to appeal to probably the middle 10 percent or so of the electorate. For Democrats though it is a fine line to appeal to centrist Republicans while also courting the Bernie Sanders faction. That's why some 58 percent of the Biden leaning voters say their vote is more anti-Trump than pro-Biden-Harris.

    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made her 90 second nominating speech for Bernie Sanders never mentioning Biden's name. At the same time we had endorsement speeches from notable Republicans, some of which were lifelong friends of Biden.

    If Biden and Harris are elected and Russian interference (e.g. tampering with the vote count machines) somehow doesn't manage to re-elect Trump, Biden will find it very difficult to fulfill all those campaign promises being made even if the Democrats can take back the Senate. And if Mitch McConnell is still majority leader, it will be doubly difficult. Perhaps without the threats of Trump tweets, McConnell will feel "freedom" to put on another hat -- wishful thinking.

    I cringe when any candidate makes outright promises that cannot be fulfilled without the support of the opposition.