October 3, 2022

The Democratic National convention is a trainwreck

We always expected the virtual Democratic National convention to be cringeworthy, but somehow, the Democrats created a spectacle that was even worse than expected.

As Tiana Lowe put it in a scathing editorial: “the whole affair [felt] more like a low-rent infomercial than the winning party’s national celebration.”

It was all bad, from the nauseating fake empathy of power-hungry minor politicians, to the exploitation of the dead, to Michelle Obama’s prerecorded and self-promoting performance.

As Lowe put it:

And the message of Biden’s moderation was complicated by socialist Sanders’s lead-off performance for the night. Couple that with the fact that other than Sanders and Michelle Obama, the night was solely occupied with politicians and random strangers positing a vacuum of stage presence, and it was a recipe for boredom.

But the true travesty of the night was the failure of production. Placing a lone Longoria Baston in a studio to redirect randomly to Zoom calls from people affected by the coronavirus and the Orange Man made most of the night feel like an infomercial. The mix of live and pre-filmed videos brought the worst of both worlds.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who already has the charisma of a used car salesman, was stuck awkwardly staring next to the camera as she read in a monotone from a misplaced teleprompter. The former first lady had filmed her speech so early that she didn’t even say anything about Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate.

There’s so much more, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that predators like Bill and Hillary Clinton are speaking at the convention.

Read the whole piece here.

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