The Morning Briefing: RNC Night 1 Is A Stark Contrast to DNC's Low-T Zoom Meeting

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The Republican National Convention (RNC) got its weird COVID-year counter-punch to last week’s DNC underway on Monday night. There was a lot of anticipation about how the RNC might handle things differently after the sleepwalking affair that the DNC put on last week.

Forget what the water-carrying media hacks have been saying about the DNC, it was a low-energy hot mess that was plain for all to see.

I wondered aloud several times last week if those producing the RNC were being quiet about their plans because they were watching the DNC to see what not to do. Thankfully, it appears that was the case.

Tyler has a recap of the first night here.

Yeah, I’m a homer, so I was going to like the RNC more than I did the DNC anyway, or at least make it seem like I did for the public. My remarks this morning are rather genuine though.

It happens.

The shift in energy from last week was palpable from the beginning. A lot of the DNC speakers — especially Joe Biden — seemed as if their meds were just kicking in and nap time was imminent. The first round of RNC speakers seemed a  to be lot more enthused. There was none of that reluctant “gun to the head” vibe that we saw from the DNC crowd.

That is no doubt due to the very real — and never talked about by the MSM — enthusiasm gap between the two parties. As we saw over and over last week, the Democrats aren’t really voting for Joe Biden, they’re voting against Donald Trump. People get more excited about the stomach flu than most Dems are about Grandpa Gropes right now.


The Trump voters are a different story, and that was evident at the RNC. Some, like Kimberly Guilfoyle, may have been a little too enthusiastic, but that was preferable to just going through the motions. Her enthusiasm got a little meme-worthy at the end but it was very genuine.

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Kira Davis wrote a post at our sister site RedState wondering if the proposed speaker lineup for the RNC was cheesy or brilliant. I too was not sure what to make of the schedule when I first saw it. Kira ultimately concluded that it was the latter and I would have to agree based just upon the first night.

One of the more topsy-turvy twists in the Trump era is the way the Republicans know how to play politics now and the Democrats have gotten kind of lazy about it. It’s a complete role-reversal of the status quo of the fifty or so years prior to Trump taking office. A perfect example — which Kira pointed out last week — was that god-awful video that closed night one of the DNC. That kind of cringe-worthy political promotion used to be strictly a Republican thing.

The Dems have even adopted the old GOP presidential election playbook, just handing the nomination to the next old white guy in line. It’s a truly bizarre state of affairs for those of us who have been involved in politics for a long time.

One perplexing thing about the DNC was the drunken Zoom meeting effect. The Dems have almost all of Hollywood in their pockets, so it was strange that the production value last week was so clunky.


The RNC setup looks pretty sleek. Not bad for being thrown together by a bunch of knuckle-draggers who don’t have Eva Longoria waiting in the wings.

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The mood at the RNC was decidedly more positive and upbeat than the DNC, and the MSM immediately went to work lying about that. I won’t go into detail on that subject right now because I guarantee I will be writing a lot more about media awfulness this week.

Should be a fun week, especially without having to worry about Julia Louis-Dreyfus trying to be funny.

There are a lot more links about RNC Night One below and my colleagues are liveblogging the convention festivities every night.

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WaPo is the biggest media hack-fest not named CNN. HCQ All Over Again: WaPo Trashes Blood Plasma COVID-19 Treatment After Trump Announces Breakthrough

Portland Antifa Rioters Set Precinct on Fire, Throw Road Signs at Cops, Leave Post-Apocalyptic Scene

Don’t tell Zuckerberg and Dorsey. The FDA Gets Tough Questions About Hydroxychloroquine From Republican Senators

RNC Issues Powerful Rebuke to Obama/Biden Admin for Trusting Far-Left Smear Group


California’s All-Out War on Church Worship Intensifies With Bans, Fines, and Sending In Spies

YES…fight the media lies. Governor Brian Kemp Pointedly Corrects the Record on COVID-19 in Georgia

VodkaPundit: Insanity Wrap #34: Antifa/BLM Spread Riots to Denver, Kenosha — America Going Full Weimar?

Liberals lie about everything. EVERYTHING. Liberals Falsely Claim That Trump Supporter Called Obama a ‘Monkey’ During RNC

Trump Epically Trolls The Left at Republican National Convention

We Have All The Evidence We Need That Universal Mail-In Voting Would Be a Disaster

As Team Biden Celebrates GOP Defectors, Richard Spencer Endorses Democrats

BREAKING: Jerry Falwell Jr. Resigns From Liberty University Amid Sex Scandal

UPDATED: Jerry Falwell Jr. Disputes Resignation From Liberty University Amid Sex Scandal

‘For All Mankind:’ a Cinematic Tone Poem of the Apollo Moon Landings

Zito: A Historical City Went From Boom to Bust in the Blink of an Eye


Tragic Irony: BLM Rioters Torch Church With ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign Out Front

VodkaPundit, Part Deux: Trump’s Second-Term Agenda Is Here, and It Will Make Conservatives Very Happy

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How a University Is Using a Big Brother Tactic to Enforce Coronavirus Rules

Don’t Write Trump’s Claims About China and Biden off as Just Fired Shots During a Campaign

From the Mothership and Beyond

Facebook agrees to pay France €106m in back taxes

And a pedophile rapist. Peter Bart: Roman Polanski Expands Legal Action Against Academy Expulsion, Reminding Members He’s An Oscar Winner  


Riots, Election Among Reasons Many Women Are Buying Guns

Activist Nails It: It’s Not the Police, “It’s Us”

Police Arrest Man Who Pointed Gun At Pro-Life Protesters

Wake County, NC Issues More Than 5,100 Permits Over Two Weeks

Why A Ban On Online Private Gun Sales Is Nearly Impossible To Enforce

Teen Arrested After Using A Dating App To Target Gay Men In Shootings

Yeah, it’s a dinosaur. Network Comedies’ Future Threatened By Outdated Broadcast Business Model

Donald Trump Jr. Shreds Dems, Biden, and Their Pro-Mayhem Agenda

War Zone: Absolute Mayhem Erupts in Kenosha, Where BLM Rioters Have Resorted to Torching Trucks

At RNC, Democratic State Rep Has a Warning for the Left About ‘Growing Segment’ of Black Voters

Nikki Haley Drags the Obama-Biden Foreign Policy in Her RNC Speech

Here’s What Happened When a Kenosha Rioter Pulled a Gun on a Reporter

RNC Speaker Shines a Light on Historic ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Signed into Law by President Trump

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Blasts Democrats’ Radical Policies

Joe Biden’s Dark View of America

‘It’s Great To Live In Rural Maine,’ Where Cases Are Low And Schools Are Open

He will be a cancer for the economy. Biden Is Promising to “Fair Share” Your Small Business Into the Dust

I doubt these guys know too many women. Lincoln Project Forms Coalition Of Women Against Trump

Granny Boxwine has another belch-fest. Nancy Pelosi Goes On Deranged Rant, Labels Republicans ‘Enemies of the State’


The Back-To-School Battle Shows That Public Education Is More About Social Control Than Education

That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. NYU Student Group Petitions for Black-Only Housing So They ‘Can Feel Included’

Maximo Alvarez’s Convention Speech Touches the Heart of America: ‘The Gift of Freedom’

Drastic Surge In Violent Crime Hits Black NYC Residents Hardest

Um…Seattle Times Columnist: City Should Push Forward Reforms Even If There Isn’t A ‘Fully Formed’ Plan

BECAUSE WHY NOT. Out: Murder Hornets. In: Asian Jumping Earthworms

Uh Oh. Hong Kong Reports First Confirmed Case Of Man Infected With COVID For A Second Time

Kansas Democrat Who Admitted To Revenge Porn Will Withdraw From Race

MSNBC FAIL: Trump campaign NUKES Rachel Maddow’s smug coronavirus treatment fact-check (and uses video of Dr. Fauci to do it)

WATCH: Herschel Walker wows the RNC as he defends his 37-year friendship with Donald Trump

Grab all your popcorn. ‘Just got his a** handed to him’: Martha MacCallum corners former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake about WHY he endorsed Biden, squirming ensues

“Yes, Sister Badass.”  Sister, soldier, surgeon, speaker: Catholic sister to address Republican convention

He finally realized where the real racists are. White supremacist Richard Spencer endorses Joe Biden 

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PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.


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