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.
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.