Peter Laarman: Forget about Donald Trump as Elmer Gantry (or as Elmer Fudd): if things went according to HRC’s playbook the repulsive Seven-Headed Dragon from Queens would be routed and slain by the Forces of Democratic Righteousness upon the plains of an electoral Armageddon.
Tom Hayden: It’s a disappointment from the democratic left’s point of view, but all we can say is that Bernie’s revolution will continue in Congressional and statewide economic issues.
Walter Brasch: Trump energized the disgruntled and disillusioned who believed they were ignored by the leadership of their party and who opposed just about anything the Obama administration tried to do.
Robert Reich: Hillary is moving to the middle. She’s going after moderate swing voters. Presumably that’s why she tapped Tim Kaine to be her vice president. Kaine is as vanilla middle as you can get.
Tom Hall: Trying to cling to power, the Republican Party will adopt the language of Democrats, Melania promised. Trying to cling to power, the Party of greed and exclusion will adopt progressive policies, Ivanka promised.
Richard Eskow: The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers.
Mario Solis-Marich: The immigrants in our community are clearly the tool being used to raise the ire of an unhappy electorate and Trump hopes that he can divide “us” from “them”.
Ron Briley: The key point is to analyze why so many white working class Americans are angry and drawn toward the vague promise of Trump that he will restore American to some past greatness.
Carl Matthes: The very conservative religious right-wing, regardless of whether it’s vast or conspiratorial, is now the operating political force behind the man who would be president.
Michael T. Hertz: A substantial part of the Bernieites will either sit out the election, vote Green, or write in Bernie. The independents will vote Trump or follow the Bernieite lead. Democrats will vote Clinton reluctantly.
Robert Nelson: Hitler, Mussolini and Franco all had ethnic scapegoats — Jews, Roma and Slavs. Today, Trump’s scapegoats are Muslims, Mexicans and Asians. Gay bashing remains a unifying theme for all fascists, bridging nearly a century of right-wing ideology.
Joseph Palermo: The budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump’s promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech’s biggest applause lines.
Richard W. Behan: The Superdelegates were meant to judge and identify the most electable of the various candidates, and to counteract the pledged delegates—well-meaning amateurs—should that become necessary.