Political Editors / Jul. 26, 2016

DNC Lowlights, Day 1

The worst from Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

As we did with last week’s GOP convention, we’ve culled the most noteworthy blatherings of the DNC speakers. This time, however, we’ll offer a few observations. Day 1 featured Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Michelle Obama:

“We insist that the hateful language from public figures on television does not represent the true nature of this country. We explain [to our girls] when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to that level. No. Our motto is: When they go low, we go high.”

Among examples too numerous to recount here, Barack Obama once belittled conservatives who “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion.” He also said his supporters need to “argue [with Republicans] and get in their face.” And who can forget the time he warned, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Is that taking the high road?

“I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just seven and ten years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.”

Ah, so guns do serve a purpose…

“When [Hillary Clinton] didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.”

This was simultaneously an admonishment for disillusioned Bernie Sanders supporters and a complete fairy tale rendering of Clinton. Hillary’s sole objective in life for the last 25 years has been to win the White House for herself, and everything she does is calculated to achieve that end.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great — that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth.”

Flashback to 2008: “For the first time in my adult lifetime I’m really proud of my country.” —Michelle Obama

And it was her husband who’s led the “fundamental transformation” of America. Why was that necessary if they thought it was already great? Sanders supporters holding signs reading, “America was NEVER great” likewise object to Michelle’s characterization, and accurately display leftism in a nutshell.

Elizabeth Warren:

“Look around. Americans bust their tails, some working two or three jobs, but wages stay flat. Meanwhile, the basic costs of making it from month to month keep going up. Housing, health care, child care — costs are out of sight. Young people are getting crushed by student loans. Working people are in debt. Seniors can’t stretch a Social Security check to cover the basics. And even families who are OK today worry that it could all fall apart tomorrow. This. Is. Not. Right!”

What a picture of Obama’s America. By all means, let’s elect Hillary to continue it.

“People get it: the system is rigged.”

Sanders supporters sure get it.

“Donald Trump’s America [is] an America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews. Straight against gay. Everyone against immigrants. Race, religion, heritage, gender, the more factions the better. … When we turn on each other, we can’t unite to fight back against a rigged system.”

Actually, that’s a far better description of Democrats’ America. Bottom line for Warren: The Leftmedia called Trump’s convention speech “dark,” but it’s hard to imagine a bleaker picture than the divided, racist, rigged and corrupt America she described. And she and her party want more of it, not less.

Bernie Sanders:

“Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution — our revolution — continues.”

He obviously didn’t get Michelle’s memo about America already being great.

“This election is about ending the 40-year decline of our middle class — the reality that 47 million men, women and children live in poverty. It is about understanding that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will likely have a lower standard of living than their parents. This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we currently experience, the worst it has been since 1928. It is not moral, not acceptable and not sustainable that the top one-tenth of 1% now own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, or that the top 1% in recent years has earned 85% of all new income. That is unacceptable. That must change.”

Again, does this bleak picture of Obama’s America merit a third term?

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