A busy political week on the Watchdog Morning Show as we covered the Democratic National Convention. Live reports from Philadelphia with our Talk Media News team including Bob Ney, Victoria Jones, and Ellen Ratner plus our ABC News Team.
Take some weekend time to read and listen some of what we've discussed the last few days. Post your comments on my Facebook page if you'd like.
Despite the early week scuffles over Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Bernie-or-Bust delegates, it was clearly a success for the Dems. Unbelievably well orchestrated, well planned, well produced. Top name entertainers--like Katy Perry and Alicia Keys-- acting as the mortice between tremendous bricks of everyday Americans sharing their stories and concerns and topped with speeches from the top tier of their party like President Obama, Bill Clinton, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren.
Showing optimism about an America that IS great, that honors its service men, veterans, women, working people. Folks just ignored at Trump's depressing coronation of his Trumpness.
And there was the reminder of the Dean scream and the Streep orgasm.
The final night brought powerful speeches from a pastor, Gold Star father, a general and of course the candidate herself--Hillary Clinton. And it was, of course, a major milestone for women.
In her presidential runs, Mrs. Clinton has at times struggled with how, and how often, to highlight her gender. No more.
First Chelsea Clinton paid tribute to her maternal compassion, saying that Mrs. Clinton’s own mother would be proud.
Then Mrs. Clinton, calling herself “my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother,” stopped to cheer her nomination as “a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union.”
There is a risk in turning off male voters, with whom she has fared poorly in surveys. Mrs. Clinton argued explicitly that they, too, had a stake in her success, whether or not they recognized it. “When any barrier falls in America,” she said, “it clears the way for everyone.” (New York Times 07-27-16)
Probably the most powerful line was one I expect we will hear oft-repeated during the now-underway campaign as Mrs. Clinton questioned Trumps stability.
Creating a referendum on Trump's temperamentClinton portrayed herself as solid, steady, experienced -- respected across the world and comfortable in crisis. She then used Trump's tendency to shoot from the hip against him."A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.Clinton cited Jackie Kennedy's words after the Cuban Missile Crisis in an attack on Trump. "She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time," Clinton said, "was that a war might be started, not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men -- the ones moved by fear and pride."Make no mistake: This was an attack designed to bait Trump into a response. Clinton reads the polls that show Americans' concerns about Trump's temperament, and knows anything she can do to make it the focus of the 2016 race is -- unless Trump changes his approach -- helpful for her.Trump did tweet after Clinton's speech, and emphasized one of his key points: that Clinton "is unfit to lead" due to her failure to discuss "Radical Islam." (CNN.com)