Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The first day included the ouster of the party chair, boos and jeers when the presumptive nominee’s chief opponent called for his supporters to back her, and boos when Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned during the opening prayer. And yet after all that there were signs of unity, especially when first lady Michelle Obama spoke. Did I mention that was just day one? Let’s go to the Digest.
1. It’s almost as if there were two conventions Monday. The first early in the day and the second just after the TV networks began their coverage at 9 p.m. central time. The first convention was a nasty, divided gathering with boos, catcalls and taunts. The second was more united both in support of the Democratic platform and in opposition to Donald Trump. What was the pivot point? The speech by Michelle Obama. The first lady’s remarks were emotional and personal, both a reflection on her years as a black woman raising two daughters in the White House, and a character reference for Hillary Clinton. (Washington Post)
2. Bernie Sanders was the emotional favorite of many of the delegates on the convention floor. His supporters are clearly dissatisfied with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket, and some are still unwilling to even vote for her, much less work to get her elected. In his speech Sanders tried to meet them where they were. “I understand that people are disappointed with the outcome of our nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am,” Sanders said. He talked about his revolution (which may be the only one in history to include a pledge to rebuild wastewater systems), but he also gave a rousing endorsement of Clinton. The question of the week for Democrats may be, will that be enough? (New York Times)
3. Sanders faced a tougher than expected crowd of his own supporters Monday afternoon. He told the group that his political revolution would require a series of steps. “Immediately, right now,” he said, “we’ve got to defeat Donald Trump. We’ve got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.” That’s when the booing started, and it began to look as if the Vermont senator had lost control of the movement he started. “I felt a chill run through my body when I saw my fellow delegates booing him,” said Waleed Shahid, a Sanders delegate. “I’m literally about to cry.”(NBC News)
4. Earlier in the day Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed when she spoke at a breakfast for Florida delegates. On the first day of the Democratic convention she seemed less popular than even Donald Trump in Philadelphia. By the time the convention opened, she was not allowed on the stage, and the DNC issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders. (NPR)
5. Sanders supporters resisted efforts from aides to Sanders and Clinton to tone down their demonstrations at the convention. Even a text message from Sanders himself went unheeded. Things seemed to change a little after Sen. Al Franken and Comedian Sarah Silverman introduced Paul Simon. Silverman, who had been a Sanders supporter, had one of the more memorable quotes of the night, “To the Bernie or Bust people, you’re being ridiculous.” (Politico)