U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination during an acceptance speech delivered for the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Sen. Kamala Harris made history by accepting the nomination for Vice President at Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention. Former President Barack Obama also spoke his mind regarding the current administration. Together, they set a stark, urgent tone for Day 3 of the convention.

Harris solidified the Democratic convention agenda of unity, racial equality, and an economy “that won’t leave anyone behind” while working in bits about her Jamaican and Indian heritage that made her the first woman of color to become a vice presidential nominee. She also dropped a couple of barbs that resembled the tough questioning she displayed in Senate committees, calling Trump a president who “turns our tragedies into political weapons.” “The constant chaos leaves us adrift,” Harris said. “The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone.”

Obama’s remarks made history, too, in the way he criticized his successor, something no former U.S. president had ever done at a convention. And he did it by name, another first for a former president. When he left office, Obama preferred to stay out of politics, let alone the muck, but he jumped back in Wednesday, with an emotional plea to voters to save themselves from what he called President Trump’s threat to democracy. Some believe the attack stole the show, even Harris’ spotlight. Others questioned why Democrats continued to focus on President Trump and not Joe Biden, including Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who said Obama’s remarks followed the line of Democrats who allow Trump to “live rent-free” inside their heads.

Other notes from the convention:

• Former Rep. Gabby Giffords gave another emotional speech in halted words during a segment on gun control. Giffords suffered brain damage after she was shot in the head while meeting with supporters in 2011. 

• Hillary Clinton, dressed in white to honor the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote, reminded viewers that she won the popular vote and said this “can’t be another woulda, shoulda, coulda” election. 

• Finally, here’s a guide to Biden’s big night tonight as well as what else to watch for. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

In capital letters, Trump makes Democrats’ case for them – Politico – 8/20/2020
In the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has given real-time illustration to many of the dynamics Democrats are trying to bring to the light for the American public.

Media labeled ‘Democratic cheerleaders masquerading as reporters’ after fawning over Kamala Harris address – Fox News – 8/20/2020
The mainstream media was labeled “cheerleaders masquerading as reporters” for heaping praise on Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday after she accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination. 

Obama Finally Gives Up ‘Hope’ for Something Far More Urgent – The Daily Beast – 8/20/2020
His address, like much of the night’s programming, was a cold, hard wake-up call to those listening at home. 

Democratic Convention Ignores the Elephant in the Virtual Room: Big-City Violence – Real Clear Politics – 8/19/2020
The Democrats bend their reality toward a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, but they bend it away from any mention of growing violence in American big cities run by liberal Democratic administrations.

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