Yesterday was the first night of Democrat’s National Convention (DNC) and as expected, it was very much unconventional.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live / The Logan Sekulow ReProgram my co-host Will Haynes and I discussed Night 1 of the Democrat convention. Right off the bat, I wondered how many of our listeners even watched it.
I usually watch the conventions on both sides. It’s often the most interesting part of the election process. But this year, due to the Coronavirus and other issues, the convention came without the usual pomp and circumstance that make a show out of it all.
To be honest, I wish they’d call me to program these things better. As Will pointed out, it felt more like a PBS telethon than a convention. The production was decent, given the circumstances, but it just wasn’t captivating.
Of course the key speaker of the evening was former First Lady Michelle Obama, but former Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar also spoke, as well as one-time Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, who threw his support to Joe Biden. From a political perspective, does his endorsement hold any sway? Does anyone care? Remember when Kasich refused to drop out of the 2016 race even when he was clearly beaten? Of course he’s crossing the aisle for any form of relevance he can grab.
One interesting point about Michelle Obama’s speech, who herself was rumored to be a sought after running mate for Biden (and could very likely be a future presidential candidate) is that it made no mention of Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be nominated for the Vice Presidency. Why? Probably because this speech was recorded and in the can weeks ago. And that lack of live connection was obvious. Did nobody think to say hey, this a big moment in history. Maybe we should reshoot this speech?
They had a week to film something new and they opted not to bother. That honestly speaks volumes as to how the DNC is treating this scenario. As Will said:
It almost feels like 2016 when Hillary Clinton phoned it in at the end of her run for President. Didn’t go in the final days to the battleground states. Didn’t go to Wisconsin. Didn’t go to Michigan. Didn’t go to Pennsylvania. She phoned it in. And that’s kind of what this moment feels like.
What Michelle Obama did do in her speech last night was revisit the same themes of her 2016 speech where she famously said “When they go low, we go high.” This time she talked about standing fierce against hatred and remembering we are one nation under God, and how we have to find a way to work together.
That’s a nice sentiment, but let’s be honest, who’s caused more political divisiveness over the last four years? I’m not saying either side is blameless, but look at the news, look at the impeachment trials, the investigations, etc. You want to bring people together? That’s not the way.
The Democrat Party has moved so far to the extreme Left that some are already complaining that the DNC opened with a prayer. Bernie Sanders may have summed it up best last night: “Together we have moved this country in a bold new direction . . . . Many of the ideas we fought for that just a few years ago were considered radical are now mainstream.”
He’s not wrong. And I’m sure that’s influencing the Biden campaign, including the selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate, and it will likely influence a Biden presidency.
The full broadcast includes much more discussion about the DNC and what we might be able expect over the next few nights.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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