Democrats Play Hide the Agenda as Their Convention Kicks Off

Rep. Gwen Moore (D., Wis.) speaks at the DNC in Milwaukee, Wis., August 17, 2020. (Morry Gash/Reuters)
The DNC’s opening night offered plenty of warm vagueness and attacks on Trump, while avoiding the party’s unpopular, radical platform.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ute kids in red, white, and blue T-shirts singing the national anthem. Calls for unity and reminders that black lives matter. A citation of the Constitution. Michelle Obama exhorting us to be nice. Oh, and President Trump being blamed for the pandemic, because no other country has struggled with that. Welcome to the opening night of the Democrats’ convention.

Mostly unmentioned in this bubble bath of warm vagueness interrupted by occasional blasts of acid at Trump was the Democratic Party’s agenda. It’s unpopular. Democrats know it. Yet they’re stuck with it, because in order to energize their fundraising apparatus and activist

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