Dee Steel: We are now in a horrible mess. Leadership appears more concerned with remaining in control than in their real job of focusing on our needs and citizen desires.
Richard J. Eskow: As they now bid for unity, Democrats are clearly trying to make peace with their activist base. But the base may not be satisfied with a secondary role in this story any more.
Joseph Palermo: The DNC should wise up, elect Keith Ellison to be its chair, and follow the commonsense strategy of doing everything possible to bring into the party the extraordinary explosion of grassroots energy we’re seeing today in the form of anti-Trump protests.
Clifford J. Tasner: For years, the Democrats have been arguing that only Centrist, pro-corporate policies can assure them that the “undecided voters” in battleground states will come our way. This strategy has failed time and time again.
Gene Rothman: There is fear among establishment Democrats that if the party moves too far to the left, or becomes a left-wing ‘tea party,’ the long-term consequences could be very harmful to the established Democratic party.
Gene Rothman: By ignoring the deep economic pain of many working Americans, Democrats left the door open for Trump—who did hear their pain and used this as a club against the Liberals (albeit in his demagogic fashion).
Paloma Nafarrate: Under the bridge at South Broad Street, hundreds gather to enjoy a honk and wave celebration with passing motorists, booing a truck sporting a big Hillary sign that’s leaving the convention center.
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.
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.
Sharon Kyle: But now that it’s all said and done and the two major parties have had their conventions and selected their nominees—what’s next in this, the most unusual presidential campaign in recent history.
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.