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Dispatches From Philadelphia: Day 4

Day 4 of the Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave as they appear on stage together on the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. HAROLD MEYERSON O bama Confronts Trump's Shaky Grasp of Democracy dem_convention_icon.jpg O ne of the shorthand characterizations of our two political parties that has long had some truth to it has been that the Democrats are the mommy party, and the Republicans, the daddy party. This year, if the two parties’ conventions are any indication, those characterizations have become understatements. The Republicans under Donald Trump have become the swaggering macho bluster party, while the Democrats have become the take-care-of-the-children-and-don’t-bring-that-damned-gun-into-my-house party. If you’ve watched the entire Democratic convention so far, and not just the big late-hour speeches, you’ve seen a constant drumbeat about Hillary the mom, the...

Dispatches From Philadelphia: Day 3

Day 3 of the Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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AP Photo/Matt Rourke Illinois delegate Sunil Puri and supporter Jon Pyatt cheer during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. HAROLD MEYERSON Bill Clinton Wins Hearts and Minds dem_convention_icon.jpg B ill Clinton addressed a Democratic Party last night that was no longer the party he led 20 years ago, but such are his political skills that he had no trouble winning its heart and—the tricky part—its head. The heart stuff came easy. The major part of Clinton’s mission was to humanize Hillary, who, he noted rightly, has become a cartoon figure to millions of Americans. The head stuff required convincing Americans, and Bernie Sanders supporters in particular, that Hillary was, as Bill put it, “a change maker.” And so his speech ambled down two parallel tracks: Hillary the mom and Hillary the operational wonk rotated in and out of Bill’s account. The kind of change-maker Bill described, accurately, is incremental, pragmatic,...

Dispatches From Philadelphia: Day 2

The Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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Anthony Behar/Sipa via AP Images Bernie Sanders addresses delegates on the first day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, on July 25, 2016. RACHEL M. COHEN dem_convention_icon.jpg Education Reform Democrats Look Ahead to Life After Obama L ately on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been talking about how she wants to end the “so-called education wars.” The Democratic presidential nominee wants to see the factionalism among education groups end and instead see new coalitions form to advance policies that all can agree on. Clinton took this message on the road to the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers conferences earlier this month, and her campaign proffered another education olive branch to the Democrats for Education Reform on Monday in downtown Philadelphia. Virtually every speaker lauded President Obama’s education legacy, highlighting his support for charter schools and test-based...

Dispatches From Philadelphia: Day 1

The Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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AP Photo/John Locher A member of the media shoots video during setup before the 2016 Democratic Convention, Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. HAROLD MEYERSON & JUSTIN MILLER At Democratic Convention, Bernie's Army Takes on a Life of Its Own dem_convention_icon.jpg O n the eve of the Democratic Convention, Bernie Sanders’s army has split into two columns, marching in opposite directions. While the Bernie-or-Bust faction here at the convention still would like to stage floor fights or at least express their discontent volubly, Sanders will endeavor to talk them out of such actions at a 2 p.m. meeting today—two hours before the convention is called to order. His campaign also has put in place a whip operation on the convention floor to persuade his followers, if needs be, to cool it. “Bernie will talk with his delegates about how they can further the revolution in the states, running for office, putting together campaigns,” said one campaign adviser. “And he’ll encourage them...

Dispatches From Cleveland

The Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Delegates celebrate as balloons drop from the rafters after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination to be President of the United States at the 2016 Republican National Convention to in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday July 21, 2016. HAROLD MEYERSON gop_convention_icon.jpg Trump's Dystopia “ I have visited the laid-off factory workers and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals,” Donald Trump said last night. “These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice. “I AM YOUR VOICE.” Those words were capitalized in the written text of Trump’s acceptance speech. That all-caps sentence was meant to be a big deal. And so it is. Franklin Roosevelt spoke up about “the forgotten man” during his 1932 campaign, in a time when the nation really had plunged into the kind of abyss that Trump spent well over an hour last night trying to convince his listeners is back again. But Roosevelt never...

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