Michelle Obama’s DNC convention speech was deeply Christian

After the first night of the Democratic National Convention I tuned into Fox News. Laura Ingraham was on the air and, as might be expected, she was trashing the convention. I stopped watching after about forty minutes of analysis from Eric Trump, Ted Cruz, and other conservative pundits.

Cruz actually said that the reason the Democrats are pushing for mail-in-ballots and the funding of the United States Postal Service is because they know it leads to voter fraud.  Cruz has no evidence for this claim. Nor is there any evidence to suggest mail-in-voting leads to voter fraud. But I digress.

Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell was also on Ingraham’s show. He is a very patient man.

I was struck by the fact that none of the conservative, pro-Trump pundits mentioned Michelle Obama’s speech. They just couldn’t touch it.

Watch it:

Though Obama only mentioned “faith” and “God” a couple of times, this was a deeply Christian speech.

  • She talked about the inherent dignity of human beings.
  • She talked about truth.
  • She talked about the character of a leader.
  • She talked about health care.
  • She talked about care for the environment
  • She talked about racial justice
  • She talked about the evil of racism and white supremacy
  • She talked about empathy
  • She talked about caring for others
  • She talked about raising children with a strong moral foundation
  • She talked about the coarseness of our culture under Trump
  • She talked about selfishness
  • She talked about greed
  • She talked military violence
  • She talked about using the Bible for a photo-op
  • She talked about being a mother.
  • She talked about being a neighbor
  • She talked about meekness
  • She talked about confronting “viciousness” and “cruelty”
  • She talked about finding common ground based on the value of all human beings
  • She talked about the need to speak truth to power
  • She talked about family
  • She talked about compassion
  • She talked about grief

After covering Trump’s court evangelicals for the last four years, it was nice to hear such a Christian speech in this kind of public venue. I left the speech encouraged in my faith and hopeful for America’s future. Thank you Michelle Obama.

Clinton Up By 40 in Philly Suburbs


Doylestown, Pennsylvania

In late July Ed Rendell, the former Governor of Pennsylvania, said that Donald Trump has a chance to win the state.  Rendell may be right.  There are a lot of blue-collar workers in Pennsylvania who like Trump.

Though I am not sure how to reconcile Rendell’s statement with the recent Franklin & Marshall poll showing that Hillary Clinton leads Trump by forty points in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Here is a taste of an interesting piece on the F&M poll from BillyPenn.com:

If it’s true that Pennsylvania is won and lost in the Philadelphia suburbs, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in for some good news today.

The latest Franklin and Marshall poll shows Clinton is up 40 points to Donald Trump in Southeastern Pennsylvania — and that doesn’t include Philadelphia, where she’s up even more. The poll of 661 people shows Clinton leads Trump 49 percent to 38 percent among likely voters overall.

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won a statewide election in Pennsylvania since 1988 when George H.W. Bush won the Keystone State, but PA has widely been seen as in play for Trump as his populist message appeals to blue-collar workers in the state’s rural areas. And it finally seemed like Pennsylvania was a swing state once again.

But any candidate who wants to win a statewide election in Pennsylvania has to do well in the Philadelphia suburbs. Democrats typically win Philadelphia and Pittsburgh by landslide margins, and Republicans do well in the state’s “T” region — AKA that places where Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are not.

Philadelphia is won and lost in the four counties outside Philadelphia — Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks. A third of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters are in Philly and its suburbs. Those four counties have fluctuated in voter registration over the last several years, but still have a relatively balanced party registration compared to, say, Philadelphia, where Democrats hold an 8-to-1 advantage.

If the Franklin and Marshall poll taken in July is any indication, Clinton is killing it in those counties. The college reports 60 percent of registered voters in the southeast region of the state (again, not including Philadelphia) would vote for Clinton if the election were held today. Twenty percent would vote for Trump, 12 percent would vote for “other” and 7 percent are undecided.

The region is the largest advantage for Clinton, save for Philadelphia, where she leads Trump 83 percent to 7 percent. Trump’s largest lead is in southwest Pennsylvania, where 59 percent of voters would vote Trump while 36 percent would vote Clinton.

Read the entire article here.