Last night Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination to become the first woman to ever represent a major party in the general election. The convention, which was like a 1980's Republican convention, included ex-generals, fathers of service men, and an optimistic vision of America. On The Omnivore's timeline conservatives were envious and aghast. Republicans were furious.
Rubio is such a sore loser. Hillary won the Republican nomination fair and square.— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 29, 2016
What a terrible thing to say about a man whose son died for this country. https://t.co/h9Zp4x3j6v— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 29, 2016
This is not to say there weren't dissenters. The Bernie contingent demanded to be seen, heard, and even (according to people tweeting from the convention) tried to organize an attempt to storm the stage and perform a "citizens arrest" on Hillary.this is the RNC for people who remember the RNC— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 29, 2016
Sanders: He Looks Miserable
He sat in a chair while his delegates plotted mischief against the Democratic nominee. He had already re-registered as an Independent a day before and he glowered for the cameras, his "Resting Bernie Face" on display. The Omnivore doesn't know if he'll continue to campaign for Hillary--his supporter's may already have crystallized on one side or another--and as a leader of them he has proven he doesn't have much remaining credibility or control.These are the counter-chants being distributed to Clinton delegates for when Bernie folks start heckling tonight pic.twitter.com/eNUtnBSzAM— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 29, 2016
A caller to CSPAN at the end of the convention told the operator that he had been a die-hard #BernieOrBuster--that he had felt slapped in the face by the other three nights of the convention--but at the point in Hillary's speech where she graciously thanked him and his supporters, she won him over.
Another caller said she'd vote Green Party.
It seems a fitting and dismal end to his legacy.
Shorter Trump: Hillary doesn't understand what America is really like. pic.twitter.com/0nAx81PR5t— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) July 29, 2016
Chelsea vs. Ivanka: First Daughters
Before the nominees spoke their daughters--both actual friends in real life (at least they were)--got on stage to ably introduce their parent. Both were poised, capable, and warm. Chelsea spoke of how, after the long days of work in the White House, her mother would listen to her talk about the current book she was fascinated with--A Wrinkle In Time--before they'd move on to the adult discussion with each other.
Honestly jealous of all the people about to discover "A Wrinkle in Time." https://t.co/7gKwMqolGY pic.twitter.com/LIHlt4AlLv— Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) July 29, 2016
I dig any Wrinkle in Time reference. The Murrays are America at its greatest. Scientists, weirdos, unafraid of inter-dimensional immigrants— John Hodgman (@hodgman) July 29, 2016
+10 for A Wrinkle in Time shoutout.— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) July 29, 2016
Hillary's speech was good--not great. The bar over the past three days was set very high. For her--never a natural speaker--it must have been daunting. The heckling in the beginning didn't help either. After a time, though, she hit her stride. Talking about policy, she was energized. Taking it to Trump, she was strong.
By the end, on the stage, The Omnivore asserts she looked as presidential as any Central Casting Woman President. The difference is that she might actually be one--and not just one--the first.