THE NEUTRAL ZONE
Democrats presented their nomination of Joe Biden as a return to normal by showcasing his instincts on national security and health care and offering him as a calm (even boring), compassionate man who’s overcome relatable hardship and heartache.
Biden’s wife, Jill, a teacher with a doctorate degree, shared some painful moments the couple has overcome in a classroom talk praised by many including Republican opponent Sen. Lindsey Graham. Biden’s first wife and infant son were killed in a car crash, and after he married Jill four years later, their son died of a brain tumor in 2015.
Biden collected endorsements from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who said Biden would help bolster alliances that frayed under President Donald Trump, and an unlikely nod from Cindy McCain, whose husband, former Sen. John, was the Republican nominee for president in 2008. One of the sharpest jabs at Trump came from Sen. John Kerry, who ran and lost against George W. Bush in 2004. “When this president goes overseas, it isn’t a goodwill mission, it’s a blooper reel,” Kerry said. “He breaks up with our allies and writes love letters to dictators. America deserves a president who is looked up to, not laughed at.”
Other notes from the convention:
• Stacy Abrams, a front-runner for the vice-presidential nomination, led a hodge-podge of 17 keynote speakers.
• Though the virtual convention format has had mixed reviews, last night’s roll call was praised as a delightful tour of the diversity of the U.S. There’s some talk about keeping that format for the next convention.
• Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (nicknamed AOC) followed procedural standards in seconding a nomination for Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former frontrunner, but that didn’t stop both parties from criticizing what they thought was a divisive play. NBC tweeted that the outspoken representative “didn’t endorse Joe Biden” (but later corrected it), and Fox News called it “one of the biggest stories” of the convention. Ocasio-Cortez later blasted NBC for creating a “false and divisive” narrative by waiting hours to issue the correction.
Liz Cheney slams John Kerry’s DNC remarks: Surprising to see Dems ‘highlight so many failed leaders’ – Fox News – 8/19/2020
It is surprising that the Democratic National Convention highlighted “so many failed leaders,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said on Wednesday, pushing back on former Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech that touted the Obama administration’s foreign policy achievements.
Jill Biden Is Not Melania Trump – The New York Times – 8/19/2020
As the Democratic Party’s experiment in remote conventioning continued with Day 2 on Tuesday, Jill Biden brought the effort to present her husband, Joseph R. Biden Jr., as the anti-Trump in character and conviction to a personal close, and played her part in the drama. After all, if he is the presidential alternative, so she, too, is the current first lady’s.
Democrats spurn AOC and uplift Bill Clinton at the party’s own risk – the Guardian – 8/19/2020
Embarrassed in 2016, the Democratic National Committee is trying once more to defeat Donald Trump and is proving, at least so far, it has learned nothing from its catastrophic failure.
The world as Democrats wish it to be – Politico – 8/19/2020
It seems as if Democrats are intent on presenting the political climate as they wish it to be, not as it is. In this world, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is the lawmaker who seconds the perfunctory nomination of the loser, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In reality, AOC is driving the policy conversation among the Democratic base, and helped knock a few members of the House off their powerful perches.
While Nominating Biden In Virtual Rollcall, Democrats Showcase America’s Beauty – National Memo – 8/19/2020
The 2020 Democratic convention’s roll call vote for its presidential nominee was an entirely new experience. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, states got to nominate Vice President Joe Biden from their home turf, and it was an opportunity to see the best of the country.