Last night Elizabeth Warren was booed at the Democratic National Convention. Some in the arena chanted, “Goldman Sachs!” at the senator that’s done the most to regulate banks.
Last week Mitch McConnell was booed at the Republican National Convention. The senator is a big reason the Supreme Court currently has 8 justices.
Both conventions are nominating people that won the majority of their party’s popular vote. Both conventions are being heckled from within by the loudest and smaller group.
Thank god (it’s a euphemism, I know Silverman is an atheist) Sarah Silverman broke from the script. The Bernie Sanders supporter said the most talked about line of the night. “To the Bernie or Bust crowd, you’re being ridiculous.” Both conventions have been ridiculous.
Maybe the DNC will focus on some more substantive issues rather than cater to someone that identified as an independent before entering the race and, as of today, once again identifies as not a democrat.
Bernie Sanders tells @bpolitics breakfast w/reporters he’ll return to the Senate as an Independent, not a Dem: ‘I was elected as an Ind.’
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) July 26, 2016
I came here expecting absurdity. But I also came here hoping to hear exchanges of ideas about potential policy. My hopes have been dashed.
Friday’s episode of Fresh Air, “The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America,” is an quality overview of The Voting Rights Act of 1965. Author of Give Us The Ballot Ari Berman and host Terri Gross traced the origin of the act to its 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocking the law’s enforcement to this election. After hearing the episode and no mention of the act at the RNC, I figured it could play a large role at the DNC. After the first night, I’m 0-1.
I’m writing this in a hotel ballroom. It just held an event about D.C. statehood. The room was packed. It makes sense. Anyone that has ever lived in the District understand the absurdity of us not having representation. Our license plates literally read, “Taxation Without Representation.” The place of the most power in America has no voting power. Kids understand why this is wrong. Kids don’t understand that D.C. will most likely vote for the Dems and that makes others parties unwilling to grant statehood.
At the event Mayor Bowser said D.C. statehood is not a democratic or republican issue. She also said, “600,000 residents without a vote in congress is wrong.” Seems like common sense.
Common sense is important but doesn’t necessarily sway voters.
Here’s a reminder that Bernie Sanders didn’t receive as many votes as Hillary Clinton. And Donald Trump is the republican nominee for president.
D.C. not having a vote relates to voting rights. It’s common sense. But that didn’t make a big noise last night. And it probably won’t tonight. At the end of night 2, Bernie will still have bros, Hillary will have the numbers, D.C. won’t have a vote and Donald Trump will have a chance to win the presidency.
Postscript: I’m finishing this in the Philadelphia Convention Center. A mug I just received was confiscated because. There is no good reason a mug was confiscated. I’m currently wearing press credentials and a Secret Service issued piece of identification. I am not a threat. But my mug was taken away. D.C. will never achieve statehood.