Day 1 of Dems in Philly: Michelle Rocked

After they banned Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from gaveling in the Democratic National Convention, Day 1 in Philly still managed to become the party unity fiesta Democrats had envisioned.

Cory Booker was the first of many prime time speakers. And although many say, his speech could have been cut in half, he energized the delegates with his rousing attack on Donald Trump.

The undisputed star of the evening was Michelle Obama, who captured the audience with a heartfelt speech and gave Melania Trump(‘s speechwriters) plenty of material to work with.

The First Lady’s speech weaved together the political with her family’s story.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my two black daughters playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary, my daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

And without ever mentioning his name, she delivered a perfect takedown of Trump’s signature line.

“Don’t let someone tell you this country isn’t great — that we need to make it great again. Because, right now, this country is the greatest country on Earth.

Progressive darling Elizabeth Warren didn’t particularly stand out, but following Michelle Obama’s emotional speech would have been difficult for anyone.

And then it was Bernie’s time.

While much of his speech did sound like his usual stump, Bernie did make it clear for one and all times that he wants Hillary to beat Trump.

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

As far as the speeches went, the Dems succeeded in showing party unity.

But it might take a while until the delegates come on board – many fervent Bernie supported booed every time Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned.

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Clinton Chooses Tim Kaine as VP

Leading up to the Democratic National Convention – that starts today in Philadelphia – Hillary Clinton has chosen her running mate: Tim Kaine.

Kaine is the Senator from Virgina and considered a safe – although maybe a bit boring – choice. He was the former chairman of the DNC and speaks fluent Spanish.

Kaine won’t energize progressives like Elizabeth Warren might have. He also won’t energize feminists – while Kaine supports his party’s pro-choice positon, he has said that privately he opposes abortion as a catholic.

But he comes from a swing state with a Democratic Governor, so his election wouldn’t loose the Dems a Senate seat. (Which was one of the main arguments against Warren, now that Democrats believe they have a chance to take back the Senate.)

On a more personal note, I once witnessed Tim Kaine win a spelling bee against political journalists – which means that a) journalists are really bad spellers, but also b) whatever Kaine says, we will know that at least he spelled it correctly. 😉