Live-Blogging the Clinton Acceptance Speech

Here we go! Press F5 to update occasionally. Enjoy!


7:05pm MST – As we begin, Chelsea is giving a speech introducing her mother. She still looks quite a bit younger than I think she should.

7:07 – Hillary used to leave notes for young Chelsea detailing her plans for improving childcare in Arkansas. Cute, but…I mean, c’mon.

7:10 – We’re getting a good framing of “Hillary as caring mom”, which is nice. She’s always handled mothering well.

7:12 – The image of “Hillary as a fighter for you”, is also a good one.

7:16 – The speech is over, and now we go to the obligatory candidate video, narrated by Morgan Freeman, because of course it is.

7:19 – We’re getting repeats of a lot of the bits we heard the other night when Bill spoke. It’s a bit eh. The watermelon bit was amusing, though.

7:22 – Glad to see that the Democrats aren’t above exploiting 9/11. I really look forward to when this is no longer something viable for candidates to talk about.

7:24 – Ah, “the bin Laden situation”. Another thing I am kind of tired hearing about, and btw, we didn’t “bring him to justice”, as people like to say. That would have involved a trial, which we didn’t bother with.

7:25 – “There is more than enough of the American dream to go around…” Excellent.

7:27 – Finally done. It wasn’t terrible, but…eh. Now on to the main event!

7:28 – Whatever problems the Clintons might have had during their marriage, I still get the impression of two people who care deeply about each other. It’s nice to see.

7:29 – Ok, the video has been done for two minutes now. Can we stop with the song and get to the speech?

7:31 – She certainly seems quite choked-up, which is understandable!

7:33 – A few moments of self-deprecating humor. Always welcome!

7:35 – A thank-you out to Sanders. A smart idea, given the Sandernistas who continue to agitate.

7:38 – An emphasis on compromise by invoking the Founding Fathers. Quite wise, especially given the way the Republicans (and the extreme left), have viewed compromise as vice rather than virtue.

7:39 – “Rise together”. There’s a campaign motto for you.

7:42 – She’s taking Trump head-on. This is good.

7:43 – Now they’re chanting her name. Seems spontaneous, but my guess is that it’s an effort to drown-out some Bern Victims.

7:47 – “Love trumps hate” is also a great motto.

7:49 – She’s directly addressing her public perception and personality issues. That’s good.

7:54 – She’s never going to go down as a great public speaker, but she is making some excellent points about what really matters.

7:57 – Sanders looking dour. But to be fair, I suspect he’d look dour even if someone handed him a gold brick on a platinum plate.

7:58 – “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit!” I do like some of these lines.

8:02 -Appointing the right kind of justices is a good first step. Second? Making the Senate give them hearings.

8:04 – “I believe in science!” It’s quite sad that that’s a campaign point.

8:06 – Interesting to see how many non-white faces are out there. From what I understand, only about 20 of the delegates at the RNC were black. 20. I also like that she’s calling it, “Donald Trump’s convention”.

8:09 – Now talking about student debt. A definite plus for the Sanders crowd. And a sop out to those who want to go to technical schools. An excellent idea.

8:13 – Now calling out Trump on his various shady and hypocritical business practices. A wise move. The idea of “Trump as successful businessman” needs to be stomped down hard.

8:15 – She’s right to tout the Iranian deal, even if it was done after she left office.

8:17 – I’ve seen others talk about it, now I will, too. It’s strange, fascinating, and a little neat to see the Democrats co-opting all the religious and patriotic imagery that the Republicans have relied on for the last 35 years. It wears better on the Democrats than it did on the Republicans.

8:18 – “A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

8:20 – “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to get shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

8:26 – A reminder of how important it is to stand up to bullies. I like that.

And that’s that. I enjoyed it for the most part. Good, but not quite great. She said what needed to be said, and said it well enough, though. Even if she didn’t quite hit it out of the park, it was still a solid triple, and that’s fine.

She Has Done It

Now she just needs to keep doing it right through November! Congrats, Hillary, on your history-making nomination!

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention via a live video feed at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention via a live video feed from New York during the second night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

How to Regain My Respect

Bernie Sanders is doing it right now. He’s making a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and talking about how much more important it is to elect her than it is to allow Trump to win. It’s a good speech, and I’m glad he’s making it.

And I really, really hope that the Bern Outs I know are paying close attention, and will vote for Hillary in November. I know it sounds like a cliche at this point, but it really is true that a vote for anyone else amounts to a vote for Trump.

Citizen Kaine

Yeah, it’s the obvious headline, but there you are.


This is a rather predictable and boring pick. Yes, it sews up Virginia for Hillary, and probably helps prop up Pennsylvania, but…man, how dull. We have a race with three white guys and a white woman. She could have had Julian Castro, which would have given us someone under 50 and not white, but she didn’t.

Kaine is a safe choice, I suppose. There’s nothing wrong with him, really. But…I could just wish for better.

On a side note, I find it very interesting that both campaigns have chosen boring, safe candidates as their VP pick.

How Bernie Won

Bernie Sanders was quite defeated at the ballot boxes by Hillary Clinton. This wasn’t a big conspiracy, or anything like that; it’s just that most people who voted, voted for her. They didn’t vote for the guy who came in out of nowhere, with no history with the party, and said he was going to be the one in charge.

But Sanders did accomplish something good, and that’s moving the party a bit further left on certain issues. He forced Hillary to talk about issues, and take positions on those issues, that she’d probably rather not have had to address, so as to avoid alienating middle-of-the-road voters in November.

He also has had an effect on the party platform, a draft of which was just approved. This platform includes abolition of the death penalty, $15 an hour minimum wage (which is small thinking, but it’s a start),  expansion of Social Security, more oversight for law enforcement, and more oversight of Wall Street, among other things.

Now this isn’t to say that, absent Sanders, these items wouldn’t be on the platform anyhow. They probably would, though in a reduced form. Say, a $12 minimum wage rather than $15 (though given that just a few years ago, $10.10 seemed pie-in-the-sky, this is great progress). So I think we can agree that Sanders probably had an influence.

And that pleases me. I’ve always respected the guy (though less so as the primaries went on), and I’m glad to see him helping to shape the party’s direction for the next twenty years.


To win is to lose, and to lose is to win!

Of course, to move us along that path, we do rather need Hillary to win in November, so please, please, don’t forget to vote!

Poisoning the Well

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Facebook, you’ve likely seen some of these.




These are anti-Hillary Clinton memes. Sometimes they’re sexist, sometimes they’re inaccurate, and frequently, very, very frequently, I see them being posted by liberals. The really confusing part? Many have told me they plan to vote for her!

For the last twenty-four years, the Republican machine has been driving into our heads the notion that Hillary Clinton is a terrible, evil, lying person who will say or do anything to be elected to office and accumulate more power. And even as you read this, I bet a number of you, who are Democrats, are nodding along! But listen: you’ve been lied to yourself. Not by Hillary, but by the Republicans.

Just about every scandal centering on Clinton on her husband has been blown out of proportion or fabricated completely. It’s no surprise that the Republicans would do the former; both sides do. It’s sadder that they would do the latter, which Republicans do far more than Democrats. But what’s really sad is that so many Democrats believe it.

Consider the dishonesty charge that so often gets thrown around about her. Now consider, if you’re a Democrat, who you’d rather be voting for in November. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you’d rather have Sanders, because he’s more honest.

But in fact, there’s not that much daylight between them. They’re both pretty darn honest, and way more so than Trump. In fact, she’s pretty darn honest by most political standards. You know what the proof of that is? Go beyond the news articles that I linked to, and the proof is, quite simply, that despite 24 years of trying, the Republican machine has never once gotten an indictment against her, much less a conviction. There’s simply no there there.

It baffles me that I have to explain this to my fellow liberals. It also baffles me that many, who have told me that they plan to vote for Clinton in November, still share these anti-Hillary memes on Facebook, or make obnoxious remarks about her.

Why? Why? Why?! Why poison the well for yourself?

Look beyond the Republican lies. Look at the actual reality. Realize that, as I wrote over a year ago, she’s a pretty fantastic candidate, and likely will make a great president. Stop being a whiner. Stop being a sore loser. Really stop being a “Bernie or bust!” idiot, if that’s who you are.

Basically, grow up. Embrace pragmatism. I’m with her, and if you are, too, then stop acting like you aren’t. And if you aren’t, go fucking vote for Trump and get out of my life, because make no mistake; a vote for anyone other than Hillary will equal a vote for Trump.

Matthew 7:5

Hillary Clinton has been let off the hook when it comes to her private email server. The FBI basically said it was a stupid thing to do, and yes, there were a very small number of classified emails on there, including eight that were top secret or higher in classification.

It was dumb indeed, but…eh. Powell and Rice also had private email setups, though not quite as extensive as Hillary. If she were to be prosecuted, so should they be.

Of course the Republicans are going apeshit, complaining about all this. They go on about how much it damages the rule of law, and puts our nation at risk.

Well, fine. I’ll offer them a deal. If they like, we can prosecute Hillary for the crime of mishandling emails, provided that we can also prosecute Bush, Rice, Cheney, and others, for the much, much more severe crimes they committed, which include, but are not limited to, torture, illegal warfare, various war crimes, and, in the case of Cheney, eating the hearts of kittens (I may be making that last one up.)*

So the GOP has zero credibility on this issue, and I’m pretty sure it won’t make a difference in the long run. I’m pretty sure Hillary will still be president, and that’s what matters.

* Or maybe not!


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