It was a great night for the Democratic Party. I don’t think they could have done this convention any better. Frankly, it may have been more effective than a traditional arena convention. The GOP has a tough act to follow.
Below are a few thoughts, based on some of my live-tweeting.
Let’s start with the segment on Biden’s Christian faith:
A few thousand white evangelicals from Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona might decide this election:
But here is a way that Democrats can keep more white evangelicals after November 2020:
Delaware Senator Chris Coons gave a good speech that echoed yesterday’s Fox News op-ed on Biden’s faith. But Coons did not address anything I wrote about in the tweets above. If Biden can address these issues between now and November he could win a record number of white evangelicals. He could easily connect his platform to a real conversation about abortion. The religious liberty stuff will be a little more difficult without offending the left-wing of the party.
Let’s move on to history.
I am still waiting for someone to tell me when the last time a historian spoke in a prime time slot at a political convention. Jon Meacham was excellent:
So please take the following tweet in that context:
My historian students–both at Messiah University and the Gilder-Lehrman
“Princeton Seminar”–know that the roots of the United States are located in more than just the British settlements.
And as long as we are talking about history:
You can also do a lot of other things with a history major.
The segment with Biden’s Democratic primary rivals was amazing. I could have watched another hour of this conversation. As Cory Booker said, it was like the show with all the contestants “voted off the island” on “Survivor”:
A quick thought on Michael Bloomberg’s speech:
Not all evangelical celebrities support Donald Trump:
Biden gave a great speech. I appreciated his call to find one’s “purpose” in life.
The exact quote was: “As God’s children each of us have a purpose in our lives.”
And the following:
I was also pleased to see this speech seasoned with the words “hope,” “humility,” and “history.” I feel like I’ve heard those words before. 🙂
Here is the Seamus Heaney quote from “The Cure at Troy” that Biden used in the speech:
Don’t hope on this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme
The next verse (which Biden did not use in the speech) reads:
So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.
Read Biden’s entire speech here.