The Democratic National Convention is over, and I can officially say they surpassed the Republican National Convention…in the amount of clusterfuckery on display. Between the Wikileaks DNC email scandal breaking just as the convention was about to start, the silencing of Bernie Sanders supporters, and the fake, forced unity shoved down our throats, the DNC made the RNC look like a house cleaned by people with OCD.
Looking at both conventions, I saw a lot of unforced errors (which doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence in either major party candidate). Having said that, the unforced errors at the DNC were more along the lines of having time to fix them, but deciding not to. It’s not like Wikileaks waited until the last day of the convention to spring the email scandal on the world. The DNC knew about it, and still managed to screw up.
Case in point, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Once the email scandal struck, she stepped down as DNC Chair…and was granted an honorary position with the Hillary Clinton campaign. The fact it’s honorary doesn’t change the fact a scandal-ridden politician gave a spot to another scandal-ridden politician who just happens to have been exposed as greasing the wheels for the first scandal-ridden politician.
That’s a lot of scandal being ridden there, kids.
Oh, but it gets better! The DNC decided to replace Wasserman Schultz in the short term with Martha Fudge…who was also exposed in the Wikileaks release. Then, Donna Brazille was called in to head up the DNC until January 2017. Having watched Ms. Brazille on television for a number of years, that’s like replacing a rusted out Yugo with a rusted out Pinto with really touchy bumpers. In either case, it’s not going to end well.
From there, the convention turned the clusterfuckery to 11 (because it’s one higher) and did as much as they could to pretend everything was fine. But once you get past the false front the Democrats tried to put up, you see a lot of problems. I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the way the DNC treated these potential voters was nothing short of authoritarian. Not only were Sanders delegates harassed and forced to hold their tongues in opposition to Hillary Clinton, they watched their candidate being hamstrung by the DNC during the nomination process and utterly humiliated by speaker after speaker. The whole “Don’t Boo, Vote” phrase? Utter backhand to the Sanders supporters. Having vocal Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman lambasting the Sanders supporters by saying, “You’re being ridiculous”? Another backhand.
But the ultimate knife twist? Having Sanders be the one to move that Hillary be the Democrat nominee. It was a stunning visual, but given what happened prior to that, it was a punch in the gut to see him be humiliated like that. I can’t say whether he was forced, coerced, bribed, or did it of his own free will, but given what Wikileaks released, it would be hard for me to believe it was anything but a means to embarrass Sanders for daring to be a possible Presidential option.
And remember, folks, the Democrats are the ones who believe in diversity, as long as it’s the diversity they want.
And, it only gets worse from here. Attempts to humanize Hillary Clinton were unconvincing because, well, they were trying to humanize Hillary. Bill Clinton’s speech, in particular, was a long trip down memory lane, and it focused a lot on what (but not so much who) Bill did in his political career. Then, there was Barack Obama’s speech. The speech had more “I” references than a narcissistic needle maker.
Then…there was Hillary’s speech. Put simply, she let Donald Trump dominate her speech. Although she did try to put out a more optimistic view, it was obvious Trump bought up property in her head and built a luxury hotel.
But even that wasn’t the worst part.
The key to the sheer ineptitude of the DNC lies with their attempts to appear patriotic. First, there was a distinct lack of flags on the DNC stage. Although some hearty conventioneers broke out Old Glory (which, I;m sure, was completely spontaneous), the lack of flags didn’t go unnoticed. Also, thanks to some members of Twitter, it came out the DNC handed out sheets with chants to drown out Sanders supporters still in attendance.
But the cherry on top of the shitstorm sundae was the fact the DNC needed to put the Pledge of Allegiance…on a TelePrompter.
Congratulations, Democrats. You’ve managed to make the RNC look good.