- Paula Bolyard | Aug 28, 2020 12:07 AM est
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- Bryan Preston | Aug 28, 2020 12:05 AM est
One final thought on the last two weeks and what we have seen.
The Democrats had the edge, everyone supposed, because they had Hollywood. They ended their show in a parking lot, in the shadows, looking very uncertain.
The Republicans had something better. They had heart.
They ended up giving us the patriotism and fireworks and the big spectacle that the lost summer of COVID and riots took from us.
That's the key difference between the two parties these two weeks.
The Democrats can keep Hollywood. And major sports. I have no use for any of them anymore.
- Tyler O'Neil | Aug 27, 2020 11:51 PM est
What a night! Here's my recap of the moving moments and Trump's extremely powerful speech. I've highlighted a few of his strongest jabs at Biden in my Twitter thread here.
That's a wrap!
- Paula Bolyard | Aug 27, 2020 11:49 PM est
In case you're wondering...
I’m digging Christopher Macchio. A classically trained opera singer. Bi-lingual in Italian and Englishman right now crushing some songs at the White House— Mayor Danny (@Dmess16) August 28, 2020
- Bryan Preston | Aug 27, 2020 11:43 PM est
President Trump closed out the greatest speech of his career and the strongest political convention either party has produced since I have been watching political conventions.
Both parties faced numerous logistical and structural problems thanks to the COVID pandemic. The Democrats allowed COVID to confine them to crummy Zoom calls, empty speeches in dark and empty rooms, cloying and shaming rhetoric, and a depressing spirit.
The Republicans tore up the script and came up with a better one, that had no time for hacks and grifters. It brought real Americans with real stories forward. It showcased American history and pride. It showed us Fort McHenry. It unabashedly supported citizens, public safety, the possibility and joy of redemption, the agony of loss, the power of unity, and our nation's role in the world.
The RNC convention could have been blighted by COVID as the Democrats' was. But the parties have a different character. The Democrats sank into the mire because that's who they are. The Republicans rose above it because that's who we are. Democrats want Americans as victims. Republicans want Americans as victors.