Night two of the Democratic Convention is when the Keynote Speaker usually delivers a rousing speech, like Barack Obama in 2004 or Julián Castro in 2012 or Elizabeth Warren in 2016 or Harold Ford in 2000 (what happened to Harold Ford, anyway? Aside from being a Democrat in Tennessee?) Last night, instead, they had a montage of 17 rising stars of the Democratic party, which is fine, I suppose, but — speaking for myself — it felt like a missed opportunity not to give that slot to Stacey Abrams alone, who is so clearly the future of the party.
Bill Clinton also spoke, and growing up in Arkansas, he was a huge inspiration for me. I worked on both of his Presidential campaigns. I’ve met him; I had a giant stand-up of him from the Arsenio Show in my room; and in so many ways, he provided the footprint for pulling oneself out of poverty in Arkansas and making something of yourself. He was a huge reason I went to law school and got interested in politics. And now? Man, I am mostly repulsed by him. I’ve seen clips from his speech calling out Trump — all accurate! — but when Republicans on Twitter targeted Clinton for his hypocrisy, it’s pretty hard to disagree, isn’t it? If Clinton could have kept his goddamn wiener in his pants, Gore would’ve won in 2000, and the world is a different place, isn’t it?
Dr. Biden’s speech was fine. She highlighted her role as a school teacher, and spoke about the death of Beau and its affect on Joe, and from what I can tell, Republicans must have liked her, too, based on this tweet:
Dear @GOP:— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 19, 2020
I'm sickened this morning by GOP praise for Jill Biden.
You guys just love to capitulate and lose. You love it. You know no other way.
Democrats are downright hateful towards Melania Trump, while you cowards gush over the opposition.
You're all useless.
The replies to that are insane.
The big drama last night was actually a complete non-moment that NBC and some other networks completely botched. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was only given one minute to speak, and that’s because she was given the honor of seconding the nomination of Bernie Sanders for President, a formality required per convention rules.
NBC, I guess, tried to conjure some drama where there was none with this tweet:
That is factually accurate, but contextually completely wrong. AOC has endorsed Biden (begrudgingly, like many of us), but nominating Sanders was required under the rules (anyone who gets more than 300 delegates is nominated), and who better to do so than the AOC?
If you were confused, no worries!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020
Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold.
I was asked to 2nd the nom for Sen. Sanders for roll call.
I extend my deepest congratulations to @JoeBiden - let’s go win in November. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/uI92P3UfLn
She was pretty pissed off about the controversy it stirred, and for good reason:
So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020
Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it. https://t.co/zf6Wqiotvv
Even a lot of the replies to that tweet were along the lines of, “I don’t care what the rules are! Why are you dividing the party?” People are the worst. It doesn’t cost you anything, Mikey, to keep yer yapper shut.
turns out i didn’t fully ‘get’ the @AOC Bernie endorsement tonight.. that’s on me, & i apologise for speaking out of turn. the last thing i want is to create discord between those of us who ultimately want the same thing.— Mikey. (@Michael_Lowman) August 19, 2020
thanks for setting me straight.
Anyway, that was night two in the books. Tonight, Kamala speaks. I’m sure Republicans are gonna lose their sh*t over it, no matter what she says.