Gary Corseri: Most Americans are still getting their news from the Howdy-Doody-TV-Network “newsmen” and the Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring dolls of Fox.
John Peeler: In this case, we have Trump engaging in something Republicans have perfected since the days of Richard Nixon: dog-whistle appeals.
Lauren Steiner: Thursday night, rather than walk out on Clinton’s speech, most of the delegates decided they wanted to stay and chant. California created the chants and shared them via a text from the Bernie Delegates Network.
Steve Hochstadt: Parents used to teach children to be polite to others, sometimes invoking the Golden Rule. But times have changed. Now Trump parents can explain why it’s best to insult anyone who disagrees with you.
Lance Simmens: The continuing emasculation of one of the major political parties in a decidedly two-party system is proving too much for many Republican leaders.
Caroline Heldman: Trump’s brazen bullying may be red meat to many of his supporters, and this strategy effectively cut through the clutter of a crowded Republican primary field, but it will not serve him well in the general election.
Richard Eskow: “Bipartisanship,” in this context, is the notion that government works best when corporate-backed politicians from both parties get together behind closed doors and decide what’s best for the country.
Steven Singer: The Clinton fear machine has us all convinced that the second he gets into office he’ll be launching nukes, rounding up undesirables and opening concentration camps.
Robert Reich: The Democratic National Committee – like the Republican National Committee – has become little more than a giant machine designed to suck up big money from wealthy individuals, lobbyists bundlers, and corporate and Wall Street PACs.
Caroline Heldman: Michelle Obama’s speech was simply the best in terms of delivery and emotional impact, while President Obama’s speech later in the week came in a close second for its soaring rhetoric and effective evisceration of the Republican nominee.
Michael T. Hertz: We must decide whether there is a way that we can defeat Donald Trump without having our movement slide into the maw of the Democratic Party. Like Bernie Sanders, I believe that we can.
Robert Reich: Donald Trump isn’t just an aberration and Bernie Sanders wasn’t just a flash in the pan. Both, in very different ways, reflect a crisis in our political economy.
Tom Degan: What happened in Florida sixteen years ago could very well happen again this year on a much larger scale. What do you think inspired those “Voter ID Laws” that have been passed in recent years in too-many-states to count?