Democrats got the unity they needed

(AP)

A day that began with concerns about Democratic Party unity ended last night with a rousing affirmation of Hillary Clinton as the party nominee, led by her primary challenger, Bernie Sanders.

“Any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” an animated, forceful Sanders told the crowd. “The choice is not even close.”

Now, that won’t silence the most die-hard of Sanders supporters, as a handful of objecting voices in the convention hall made clear throughout the opening night. But in the words of that noted political sage and Bernie supporter, Sarah Silverman:

“Can I just say, to the Bernie-or-bust people: You are being ridiculous!”

And they are. They weren’t cheated, they lost. It’s extremely self-righteous to argue, as some still do, that Sanders ought to be nominee because their own gut-deep certainty is somehow more authentic and valid than the  votes of millions who chose Clinton instead. There’s a narcissism to that argument that directly contradicts the democratic spirit that they claim to honor, and it’s ugly.

Sanders and his top staff kept that false narrative alive for far too long, for largely selfish purposes, and now find themselves trying to stamp it out in the national spotlight. But the relative handful of provocateurs can’t change the fact that most of Sanders’ backers came to terms with the outcome long ago, and based on the events of the convention stage and delegate floor, it’s hard to believe it will have any lingering impact come November.

The star of the night — the irresistible force who by personality, charisma and power of story swept away all doubters — was Michelle Obama. Her husband will not speak in person at this convention and the rhetorical abilities of Bill Clinton have diminished, but even at their peaks those two men might not have been able to top the first lady’s performance. Certainly, it’s not a speech that Melania Trump could have delivered.

She talked of waking up every morning in the White House, “a house built by slaves,” and marveling at the path that brought her family and her country to that moment. She talked of the difficulty of watching her daughters go off to school each morning, packed into black SUVs full of large, heavily armed men.

She took on Donald Trump without ever mentioning his name, yet making the connection clear. In raising their daughters in the fishbowl of public attention, she explained, they had consciously discussed “how to urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith; how we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country; how we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level -– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

She also spoke with enormous conviction about her support for Clinton as her husband’s successor, recalling that “when (Clinton) didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.”

And again, without mentioning Trump, she made the distinction clear:

“When you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.”

“We need to knock on every door” she said in her conclusion. “We need to get out every vote. We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States of America.”

Even the Bernie-or-bust guys knew better to step on that message.

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Michelle Littleshell
Michelle Littleshell

IT WAS NOT ALL THAT. BERNIE FANS WALKED OUT. THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK. PLEASE THOUGH VOTE.FOR TRUMP!!!

Brandon B. Bell
Brandon B. Bell

They got unity by putting up a 4 mile 8ft. fence around the convention center to keep dissenting opinions out. Yayy for unity!

DeWayne Anderson
DeWayne Anderson

so no calling any of the speakers lies out. how can we have honest government if the media even the local media is in the bag for one side

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "I may have referred to Obama as bozo in the past but the true clown is William Jefferson Clinton."


@Johnny The Angry Rebel


Donald Trump is the KRUSTY Clown of the 2016 Presidential Election


hahahaahahahaahahaa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP7RbhfcV7o

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "then there are whoopers like I did not have sexual relations with that woman, and I never sent or received emails marked secret."


@Johnny The Rebel


HERE'S  A WHOOPER FOR YA !


Manafort: Plagiarism accusations are crazy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfJz7rHVnts

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

well, we've got a Cat 5 howler monkey screech level

so that must mean Big Dog laid the wood to them 

AGAIN

man that nevah gets old. nevah heheheheh

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Give it up guys your wet dream fantasy in the Oval Office will never happen so stop hating on Bill Clinton.  

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "What's the chances Jay is putting the final spin on a post praising Bozo's speech from last night?"


@Johnny The Racist Rebel


Speaking of a BOZO's speech.


At least Bill didn't steal someone else's words.


You cons are thieves.


If  you steal you'll LIE!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NikXa25UY

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@RantNRave Well Trump did say immigrants are coming into the country and stealing, his wife is a perfect example.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

What's the chances Jay is putting the final spin on a post praising Bozo's speech from last night?

Just keep in mind LibProgs both Bill and Hillary are documented serial liars.

There is not enough lipstick for one, much less two pigs to cover that up.

The Right's challenge is to educate the young and foolish who did not live through their previous shenanigans.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Finn-McCool @JohnnyReb there are little white lies that mildly stretch the truth,

then there are whoopers like I did not have sexual relations with that woman, and I never sent or received emails marked secret.

Old Bill was disbarred for his, and Hillary should have been indicted but was politically protected.  Nevertheless, she is guilty as laid out by the FBI.

The point is, Dems want to put them back in the White House.

Lunacy.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Visual_Cortex @JohnnyReb Bill earned the Bozo title when president.

I may have referred to Obama as bozo in the past but the true clown is William Jefferson Clinton.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb

What's the chances Jay is putting the final spin on a post praising Bozo's speech from last night?

When did Bill become "Bozo"? I thought that's what you called the Halfrican...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb @Finn-McCool

Old Bill was disbarred for his

And the shame, the stain of not being able to practice law privately in Arkansas will dog him for the rest of his life!

(Hey, what about those traffic tickets?)

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

"Archibald MacLeish once wrote a poem called "The End of the World," about a circus interrupted when the big top blows away. The freaks and lion-tamers and acrobats are frozen mid-performance, and the "thousands of white faces" in the audience gasp as they look up at the vast sky to see, after all the fantastical performances in the ring, the ultimate showstopper: emptiness, an endless black sky, "nothing, nothing, nothing – nothing at all."


"Trump's finale was like that. When we finally pulled the lid off this guy, there was nothing there. Just a cheap fraud and TV huckster who got in way over his head, and will now lead his hoodwinked followers off the cliff of history."


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trumps-appetite-for-destruction-how-disastrous-convention-doomed-gop-w430546

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "unrelenting propaganda offensive against Vladimir Putin and Russia, painting it as a provocateur interfering in our election process through intrigue.  What's going on? . "


@Donnie The Pinko Pooty Sympathizer


This is what's going on??


SMOOCHES 


heeheeheeheeheeheehee


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4K9xzNckqI

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 racist, sexist, Bigoted comments by the DNC

Not to put too fine a point on it, but seriously folks. When I see this^^ silliness’ re-appearance in here, two questions come to mind:

1.Who on earth in the RNC thought that “Debbie Wasserman Schultz is Bad For The Jews!” would be a talking point with legs? And

2.what ditch is his corpse lying in?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

glass ceiling sheetz... are 404ing. 

of coarse. to bad bookman srry yr blg sftwr scks...

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

"Presented with a rare opportunity to explain how the two parties stoke divisions on social issues to keep working people from realizing their shared economic dilemmas, Trump backed down. Even if he didn't believe it, he could have turned such truths into effective campaign rhetoric. But such great themes are beyond his pampered, D-minus mind. Instead, he tried to poach Sanders voters simply by chanting Bernie's name like a magic word."


~ Matt Taibbi

td1234
td1234

Another of those false polls comes out LA Times Trump 47, Clinton 40. 

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@td1234

The question of which candidate people think will win is sometimes — although not always — a better predictor of the election than asking people whom they plan to vote for. That’s particularly true when the election remains many weeks away


Clinton 50% - Trump 44%

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@td1234 When in doubt, look to Vegas odds makers. These people's way of life depends on getting it right.

td1234
td1234

Now Hillary is talking about renegotiating NAFTA. Her globalist friends and money backers are not going to be happy. Oh but we must follow the money. If they cut her off the money then she is serious if they do not then we know she is lying again. 

td1234
td1234

VFW members chanting "Lock her up" LOL

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

A remarkable situation is setting up around the Democratic convention this election. 

We have a major party convention where the nominee has extensive foreign policy experience as former Sec of State and deep ties to the military intelligence complex and at least up until the convention was presumably basing her case for running on her extensive foreign policy experience and ties. Yet nary a word has been uttered throughout the convention thus far on the topic of foreign policy. It's amazing. 

In Bernie Sanders's speech foreign policy was not mentioned once. Not once.

Meanwhile, the Democratic-aligned mainstream media together with its vast network of fellow traveling pundits and bloggers (including this own blog) has been conducting a sustained, unrelenting propaganda offensive against Vladimir Putin and Russia, painting it as a provocateur interfering in our election process through intrigue. 

What's going on? .

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@FIGMO2 @Donnie_Pinko 

As I mentioned last night, I think that's certainly a considerable part of it.

But it seems to be more in this case. 

It seems in this case it's elements of the US media working together with the government to assist its preferred candidate and escalate a propaganda offensive against Russia at the same time.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Donnie_Pinko in the most contructive way possible - wow, to profess to be 'Mr Internationale,' your world view is remarkably paranoid and narrow

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Dems are desperate.

It's pitiful, really.

Wonder what you guys will do when Trump starts hitting Hillary really hard, the pacs are running negative ad after negative ad?

You are at a disadvantage considering Trump has never been investigated by the FBI for failure to follow the laws on secrecy, but you guys wanted her.

Well, now you got her.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@JohnnyReb  I noticed in all those smiles and happy faces last night that desperation too.  Oh man it was thick in the air.  NOT.
Just another case of GOP redirection and deflection.

td1234
td1234

So the VA governor and long time friend and fundraiser of the Clinton's is saying that Hillary is lying to the Bernie supporters and is in favor of TPP. Typical Hillary. 

rimsky
rimsky

The U.S. works to influence elections abroad all the time//////

Yes we do.  And those countries fight back too.  Rightfully

So we should fight their interference has hard as we can.

Putin and the Russian Mafia have major investments in Trump Organization.

So will you let the mafia run our country then?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@rimsky And you know this how?

It wouldn't be from the Hillary campaign, now would it?

td1234
td1234

@rimsky Anything to try to move the goalpost from the story of the racist, sexist, Bigoted comments by the DNC. LOL

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@td1234 @rimsky  Darn that old lying Trump Jr. for saying that a yuuuuuge amount of the family assets are Russian based.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

"Racist, sexist, Bigoted comments"

Flog that horsie.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Visual_Cortex

Rove taught him well.  Whatever vile crappy thing you're doing, loudly accuse the other side of the same.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb @OldEngineer @td1234 @rimsky

having investments in Russia is not a crime.

Pulling up stakes and moving your residence to Russia while serving as President isn't a crime either, but I suspect it might be an impeachable offense. 

Just sayin.