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Wow, the Democratic Convention was a bizarre night of television

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The attacks on the president were merciless, with direct accusations that he killed people by his handling of the pandemic.

He was also accused of defunding the post office to suppress votes, which is now a talking point that lacks only veracity.

Another notable feature was the frequent mentions of Black Lives Matter and pictures of those words on signs, banners and streets. It was a sign of how desperate Dems are to turn out the black vote, and the repetition struck me as flawed to the point of dishonesty.

Around the country, the violence that started out as a sidelight of the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has now become the dominant feature. Murder rates are up double digits in most big cities — 29 percent in New York, for example — and vandalism, looting and arson are common.

Many cities, such as Portland and Seattle, are seeing the collapse of policing and the nightly tallies of shooting and homicide are horrifying.

Yet you would never know any of that from Monday night.

Another clash of politics vs. reality was letting Gov. Andrew Cuomo posture as the champion of fighting the virus. Some 20 percent of all American deaths took place in New York, and the governor’s directive requiring nursing homes to take infected patients helped spread the killer disease among the most vulnerable patients.

Yet there was Cuomo declaring, “Our way succeeded” and adding such oddities as, “It was beautiful” and “Love wins.” The only thing missing was his meatball recipe.

The major unanswered question that the first night danced around is Biden’s fitness. He and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris are avoiding the press to an unprecedented degree, a decision doubly perplexing given that most of the media wants Biden to win and could be counted on to feed him only softball questions.

Daybreak Insider:

Governor Whitmer was tasked with criticism of his coronavirus response (Fox News).   And the media has been hyping the “emotional DNC speech” of a woman who is blaming Trump for her 65-year-old father’s death (ABC News). Michelle Obama was on hand to offer some kind words about Biden (Fox News).   Democrats were quite excited to trot out John Kasich who is backing Biden (Fox News).  From a story about another former GOP member, Susan Molinari: The heavily promoted formerly Republican lawmaker endorsing Joe Biden for president tonight at the Democratic National Convention was a highly paid Russian lobbyist whose firm was paid millions of dollars for work on behalf of the Kremlin, federal records show (Twitter). From Jennifer Van Laar: Did Tik-Tok produce the #DNC2020? They actually might have done a better job (Twitter). A look at how both Biden and Harris have worked to erode religious freedom in America (Daily Caller).

Trying so hard to be ‘cool’ ain’t cool. The desperate attempt to elevate the violence,  murder, looting, crime, and destruction of the left to some 60s-inspired summer of love moment is not just absurd, it was contemptuous of the American people and insulting.

Wow, the Democratic Convention was a bizarre night of television

By Maureen Callahan, NY Post, August 18, 2020 |

It’s the most bizarre TV since “Tiger King.”

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday night with all the glamour and excitement of a Zoom conference. The Home Shopping Network produces more dynamic programming and is far better at pushing product.

Inexplicably, former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria Bastón served as host. Wearing a white sleeveless sheath dress and a permanent expression of teary concern, Longoria Bastón repeatedly invoked the convention’s theme, “We the People.”

She should have demanded a script doctor.

“YOU are the ‘we’ in ‘we the people,’” she said.

Also: “’We the people’ means all the people, even those with whom we might not agree.”

Fourth-grade social studies class is more sophisticated and less insulting.

Early on, a regretful American identified only as Eric (avoid that pitchfork mob, Eric!) spoke to us from what looked like a safe room, clutching what looked like a cocktail, as he apologized for voting for Trump. Eric informed us that unlike Trump, Biden has a platform, which includes “unity.”

It was the night’s only moment of comedy.

They say politics is Hollywood for homely people. How better to hammer this home than this virtual convention, seeing our elected officials sitting in drab settings: The kitchen Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro gave her address from is something even the poorest “House Hunters” couple wouldn’t countenance (those white appliances!). Or Kirsten Gillibrand’s sad, spartan office-slash-sunroom — where’s the pageantry? The optics? Just what are these pols spending their lobbyist money on?

The virus has been quickly killing off those things that were slowly dying anyway — movie theaters, retail shopping, for-profit college.

Add political conventions, and possibly Joe Biden’s presidential hopes, to that list.

Not even Andrew Cuomo — who became must-see TV for New Yorkers at the height of the pandemic, entertaining us with a possible nipple ring, musings on his daughter’s boyfriend, the foam COVID mountain that wouldn’t qualify for a science fair — could save the night. Nor could the dragging out, yet again, of Bruce Springsteen and his 9/11 anthem “The Rising.”

Nothing, not even The Boss, could pierce the dead air here.

Whatever brain trust produced this non-event saved the most charismatic, admired person in the party, Michelle Obama, for last. The Dems should have dropped Michelle O’s pre-taped speech online and called it a day. Who but the most supreme masochist would have stuck out these grim, pedagogical two hours just to see someone they can view painlessly the next day?

“I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune into a political convention right now,” Obama said. “Believe me, I get that.”

Oh, Michelle. You have no idea.

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