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August 19, 2020

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination.

 

Night #3 of the Democratic National Convention. We’ve had women on the ticket a couple of times. We’ve elected a black president. Now we have a black woman on the ticket.. that’s historic.

That part feels really good. For all my doubts during her campaign for president, and my preferences for other women as Joe’s VP pick, I have come around completely to Kamala (the whole country’s on first name bases with these guys). I like her energy, intelligence, resume, smile, humor. She is much more than a running mate, much more than  additive; she’s a powerhouse. I can live with this moderate ticket. I think his choice is damn near perfect.

As notable tonight: Obama went all in on the threat of the current president* — the threat he poses to our country, our institutions, our democracy, our future. In no uncertain terms. It’s a 5-alarm fire. He was sober and dead serious. He’s not messing around. It may be his most historic speech ever, in a career full of historic speeches. It’s damn scary.

High level government and military professionals on all three nights have sounded similar themes. They’ve had lots of republicans in these programs, from all walks of life, willing to stand up and say they’d support a democrat for president over trump (I still have a laughably hard time even typing his name, I despise him that much). This is crazy.

But both of the Obamas… they left that one particular norm in the dust, the one where a former president (and his wife) does not trash a current president. Let the new president run things like he sees them; he was elected (presumably), let him govern. But now, after nearly 4 years, he’s shown he’s dangerously incompetent and not up to the task. But more, as Obama said, he’s willing to shred our democracy in order to win. Both Barack and Michelle implored people to vote. Only the voters get to decide who the next president will be. Non voters have no say.

As if to prove everyone’s point about his pettiness, he lied and lied and lied, in all caps over Twitter. Of course he did. Desperate man (not a man).

Anyway… Kamala. This is a very good development.

 

 

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