The Democratic National Convention: All Smoke and Mirrors?

conventionThe Democratic National Convention is now underway in Philadelphia the city of brotherly love and like the RNC last week , it’s a media circus. With one day remaining I’d have to give the edge to the DNC, their playlist is far superior. They have nearly twice as many speakers lined up as the RNC. In addition to the usual mix of past and current congressmen, senators and governors taking the stage, the DNC has had moving speeches from first lady Michelle Obama, former, two term president Bill Clinton, President Obama ,Vice President Biden, a rousing speech by Bernie and a video endorsement from former democratic president Jimmy Carter. The only real surprise is the absence of former vice president and former presidential candidate Al Gore. One can only speculate as to why he wasn’t there to show his support. Still, a very strong showing  for the Democratic party.

The Democrats have been more successful at presenting a united front than the GOP. The GOP couldn’t even get former presidents George W Bush, his daddy  George H. W. Bush, or even younger brother and former presidential hopeful Jeb to drop in on the convention and endorse the Donald. Their failure to appear as well as other notable Republicans makes the GOP appear splintered and far from being united. Even Hollywood is better represented at the DNC. The best the Republicans could come up with were a couple of soap opera actors and 4 realty television performers, while the DNC boast stars like Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and Angela Basset to name a few. Pretty obvious who Hollywood is backing. It’s quite apparent that the Dems can put on a bigger and better show than the GOP, but can they sell Hillary to the American voters? That remains to be seen.

Although the DNC appears to be sailing along full throttle, they’ve too have had their share of problems which began long before the convention. Although cleared of any wrong-going Hillary’s email controversy won’t go away. Add to that the leaked email controversy that have Bernie supporters up in arms and you’ve got a major credibility problem. National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign over the email allegations and was booed loudly by pro-Bernie supporters on Monday as the convention got underway.  Bernie supporters still love Bernie and have no love for Hillary. Several even tried to heckle the presidents speech last night. Even after Saunders impassioned plea for his followers to give their support to Hillary many in Bernie’s camp are angry and saying they will continue to support Bernie and vote for him as a write in candidate in November. In a close election like this one promises to be, this is a major problem for Hillary.

All that remains is Hillary’s acceptance speech tonight to close the convention. We all know she’s going to do a little Trump bashing and say whatever she must to seal the deal. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to watch the speech or not. I did watch Trump’s speech so in all fairness I probably should watch hers. I don’t know. I’m so tired of all the rhetoric maybe I’ll just watch the recap on the news later but then I’ll miss Kareem.

downloadDo you remember this poster from the 1960 presidential campaign? I certainly do. Good old Tricky Dick Nixon of “I’m no crook” and erased tapes fame. It represented a candidate who often came across as very shifty and untrustworthy. At the time I was much too young to vote but if I could have I most certainly would have voted for Kennedy over Nixon. However I must confess, in 1972, the first presidential election I did vote in, I crossed party lines and voted for Dick. Why? I simply didn’t like McGovern or his politics. It was the first time I voted for what I felt was the lesser of two evils. We all know what happened to Nixon during that term and it wasn’t good.

I have to ask you would you have bought a used car from Dick Nixon? Would you buy a used car from Donald Trump? How about from Hillary Clinton?  I know I sure wouldn’t, but I would probably buy a used car from Bernie. As I’ve said before, I don’t care for either candidate. I do not don’t trust them. I believe they will say whatever it takes to get elected. They’ve lied throughout their careers and are trying to lie their way to the top spot. I simply don’t like what either candidate represents. The choice is yours!

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