Ghazala Salam and Hans Johnson: Large, historic communities of Muslim Americans exist in California as well as Michigan and Florida, two swing states, and the longest standing mosque in America, built in 1934, is in Iowa.
Jack Rothman: This kind of choice has been a recurring quandary historically and the spectacular results of Bernie’s revolution intensify the dilemma.
Peter Dreier: Her references to our Founding Fathers, and her reference to the Broadway show “Hamilton,” reminded us that all progressive change involves compromise and negotiation, which is not the same thing as capitulating or selling out.
Walter Brasch: Bill Clinton rambled about how he and Hillary Clinton met and were intertwined as a team, perhaps hoping to humanize the woman who constantly faced claims that she was cold, calculating, untrustworthy, and someone who was well-shielded.
Murray Polner: After listening to two weeks of scripted hot air, I wondered why so much money and energy was spent on an election where less than 50-55% will even bother voting and those who do, have already made up their minds about which candidate they love least.
Steve Hochstadt: The varying stories put out by the Trump campaign about the speech typify the complete disinterest in truth that is central to Trump’s entire life.
Robert Borosage: With President Obama literally “passing the baton” to Hillary Clinton – and Clinton choosing dramatically to join him on stage after he roused the audience to “keep it going” – the Clinton campaign clearly has chosen to present her candidacy as a continuation of the Obama era.
Robert Borosage: Clinton’s job was not simply to reintroduce someone who has been before Americans for over a quarter of a century, it was to make the case that she “is the best darn change maker I have ever known.”
David Barber: When Hillary answers Trump’s “Make America Great Again” with her “America Never Stopped Being Great,” she insults and demeans tens of millions of people in this country and she drives them to still more fervent support for Trump.
Mel Gurtov: The Russians hope not merely to embarrass the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign by leaking tens of thousands of private emails, but also to elevate the candidacy of their new friend in the Trump Tower.
Dick Price: Before Wassergate energized the left at the convention, “safe” might have been the watchword. Certainly, Kaine isn’t going to overshadow Hillary.
Richard Behan: We are witnessing the collapse of democratic presidential politics. It is a derelict process, complex, absurdly long, insanely expensive, tedious, inconsistent and now chaotic.
Stephen Fox: If the cheering sections for his campaign, and the strategists and brilliant thinking that went into to get him this far, all could be coalesced into a strong and proactive legislative base, there is almost nothing we cannot accomplish in terms of actualizing Bernie’s legislative goals.