Five Thoughts On Tonight

As the second night of the DNC comes to a close, a few thoughts:

  • On night one, Michelle Obama once and for all obliterated the idea that only one of our two parties speaks to the values of families in modern America. On night two, the Democratic Party made the nation’s response to 9/11 one of the key issues of the night. Thanks to Trump and Trumpism, the parties have essentially flipped places on two of the defining issues of the 1990s and early 2000s. Add to that the fact that the Republicans are rapidly morphing into a pro-Putin, pro-Russian party, and it’s all really difficult to process.
  • I don’t think this is the last time we’ll be hearing about Donald Trump the war profiteer. I wasn’t previously aware of this line of attack, and I read A LOT about politics every day. The fact that Trump profited off 9/11 is truly fucked up, even by his standards.
  • Bill’s speech reminded me of two things. First and most obviously, he’s a fantastic storyteller who loves to riff, and I would hate to have been his TelePrompTer operator tonight. Second and more importantly, that in the span of about a decade, Hillary’s public image has gone from a shirll, left-wing idealist to a centrist, corporatist sellout. I suppose if you aren’t old enough to remember the 1990s that might make sense, but if you do it’s a really bizarre thing to experience. So much of what so many people “know” about Hillary just isn’t true, and in an important way, the fact that she has been believed to be both inside of a decade really illustrates how ridiculous the narratives around her are. It’s just not possible for one person to  be both of those in under a decade. She’s boring and wonky and weird and way too defensive, but she isn’t a monster, no matter what your angry Bernie Bro or Trump-tastic uncle might say to you. And remember this: Republicans tried to turn her into a monster in her race for the Senate, and although it worked at first, in the end it backfired spectacularly.
  • I know Republicans want to make Bill’s infidelities one of the central themes of the campaign, but if they do that I am absolutely certain they will live to regret it. Republicans have spent decades claiming to be the party that defends the sanctity of marriage, but now they’ve gone ahead and nominated someone who treats divorce the same way he treats bankruptcy, and if they add to that the idea that there’s something wrong with two people who choose to stay together despite their mistakes, they will be taking the position that divorce is more honorable than marriage. That might please the base because it’s an attack on the Clintons, but it will sound ridiculous to everyone else.
  • Last but certainly not least, my respect for Bernie Sanders has grown immensely over the last 48 hours. I know that it’s easier for me to make this move than it would be for a Bernie supporter to do something similar, but I hope that by the end of this week, many of them will have come around too. Because as I’ve said numerous times on Facebook, he won everything but the nomination. That might not yet be clear to everyone, but it will be soon.

Much more tomorrow….

Hang on…one more thought….a bunch of the people on my teevee seem to think that Bill Clinton should’ve talked about his infidelity tonight. So many things I could say but I will stick to just these. First: I’m going to be be gracious and assume that these people have never had their lives shattered by infidelity, and that as a result they don’t know what they are talking about. Second: you do realize that the purpose of his speech was to talk about her, yes? And that maybe, just maybe, she doesn’t want him to talk about it? That as the victim of the infidelity, she gets to choose, not you or him? Before you keep on about this, I suggest you think on that.

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