Things you should read:
Bernie Sanders live-tweeted during Trump’s acceptance speech at the RNC. A few samples:
Those who voted for me will not support Trump who has made bigotry and divisiveness the cornerstone of his campaign.
Trump’s big economic plans: Give trillions in tax breaks to millionaires, refuse to raise the federal minimum wage.
Trump is wrong. The real cause of instability in the Middle East was the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq. By the way, where is President Bush?
What a hypocrite! If Trump wants to “fix” trade he can start by making his products in the US, not low-wage countries abroad.
Trump: “I alone can fix this.”
Is this guy running for president or dictator?
Hillary Clinton also live-tweeted Trump’s speech, and with a sense of humor even.
Electoral Vote has a short and to-the-point summary of the acceptance speech, titled “Trump Swings and Misses“.
If you want a summary of the whole convention, even Politico calls it “Trump’s four dysfunctional days in Cleveland“, and giggles that after Trump’s speech the loudspeakers played “You can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones.
Speaking of fear, gloom and doom, Ezra Klein says “Donald Trump’s nomination is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid“. And then he clearly and succinctly explains why. It is useless to summarize something that is already the perfect length, so go read it.
UPDATE: Fortune points out the 8 ton elephant on the convention floor — the fact that during the entire convention (including the day supposedly about the economy), Republicans never once mentioned Governor Sam Brownback and his conservative revolution in Kansas (the state that is home to the Koch brothers). Why? Because Kansas is an utter mess, with their economy in a shambles. And yet the Republicans are still promoting the trickle-down economics that are such a disaster in Kansas.
As an added ironic twist, when the roll-call vote happened — which is when each state extolls their own virtues — the most prominent thing from the Kansas delegation was the Kansas City Royals baseball team, with the delegation wearing Royals T-shirts. As some of you may know, the Royals (as is Kansas City itself) is actually in the neighboring state of Missouri.
Also published on Medium.
It was very apparent in the Memorial Service in Dallas that Bush has a dementia. Notice how hard Laura is holding his hand so he doesn’t walk away (or sway away). Michelle gave him the smile one gives a small person who is jumping around not behaving as he/she should. They understand. Just that that his dementia (from guilt?) is being covered up. His father told him not to invade (“Bush’s War”) and he disobeyed his father and opened the can of worms. Why else does he paint pictures of puppies?
Donald Trump makes Bush and Hillary look like saints.
This shows how great Bernie is, despite knowing how DNC tried to even attack him (see DNC wikileaks), he knows where the greater harm is.
Excellent and devastating profile by Klein, thanks for that.
Also came across an inspiring commencement speech made to this year’s graduating class at Stanford made by Ken Burns, the documentary producer, who put things most eloquently in context and historical perspective. It should be required viewing for anyone planning to vote this year. I thought it also interesting that he felt obliged to remind the youngsters to actually vote too. Turning out the vote will be more important than ever this time.
Here’s the relevant snippet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wndp6gR7-1o
The failure of Romney to win in ’12 resulted in a candidate that would appeal more to the right wing. When Trump fails do more pragmatic heads prevail or will the R’s seek someone wingnuttier? Its almost enough to make you miss Rockerfeller.
I still think, scarier than Trump are those who are voting for this lying, bloviating, narcissistic, bully, man child.
I’m not absolutely certain the DNC leaks are that sensational. Probably there may be some grumblings but there doesnt seem to be any serious transgressions that helped Hillary win.
I do find it ironical that wikileaks and snowden, both of whom are staunch opponents of spying, have no compunctions in doing the same themselves or facilitating it and even proceeding to publish social security numbers of those who have done nothing wrong.
Here’s an opinion from vox regarding the DNC leaks http://www.vox.com/2016/7/23/12261020/dnc-email-leaks-explained