|Shattering the glass ceiling|
Can Blogger say wow. Oh my goodness, yours truly still cannot believe that Secretary Hillary Clinton became the first American woman to win a major party nomination for the presidential election. This is truly an amazing moment. As yours truly tweeted, "A woman's place is in the House, the Senate, and the White House." Also, Blogger would like to extend a big congratulations to Senator Bernie Sanders for running a campaign based on the issues, without stooping to name calling and insults. The Sanders campaign started a movement of civic engagement aimed at those who would otherwise, not be part of the process. These is a beautiful thing. Senator Sanders you rock. You are a class act for endorsing Madame Secretary and urging your supporters to back her. You are humble in victory and defeat. Today, we are going continue are convention coverage, more on those new emails, and take a look at Senator Tim Kaine.
|Live stream image from the DNC Convention|
Another takeaway from night one was the left embrace of Madame Secretary. Senator Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) did much to breach the rift between the Sanders and Clinton wings of the Democratic party. Both senators delivered sharp attacks on the Republican ticket, while giving their full support in spite of the diehards plaintive cries. Protestors continued to plague the convention. Chants of "Black Lives Matter" and choruses of boos continued to plague the speakers. Finally, Mr. Trump played a supporting role of sorts. His name was not used to unify the crowd, nor did the speakers focus on Mr. Trump's negative narrative. In fact, any mention of his name failed to stir the crowd.
|Senator Sanders addressing the DNC Convention|
Law, order, and policing took center stage. At
|The Dean Scream|
|WikiLeaks hacked emails|
Never one to remain to remain quiet, Donald Trump waded into the controversy by suggesting that Russian hackers find a way to locate the deleted emails from Madame Secretary's server. Specifically, Mr. Trump called on Russian intelligence agencies to find those 30,000 deleted emails. He even went on to suggest that they have all those email and demanded they be released. This sparked immediate furor from the DNC as evidence appears to be mounting that Moscow was behind the hacked emails. Outrageous does not even begin to describe Blogger's reaction. It is bad enough that the DNC engaged in practices aimed at undermining Senator Bernie Sanders's campaign. This beyond the pale. Now we have a presidential candidate suggesting that a foreign intelligence entity hack into a rival's private emails. Even if it was said in jest, Mr. Trump still has not learned that what he says matters.
|Senator Tim Kaine|
During his tenure, Sen. Kaine has focused on smart defense in a changing world. The first piece of legislation in the Senate, the Troop Talent Act of 2013, established new standards to assist active duty service personal to receive civilian credit ails for military skill to facilitate their transition to civilian life. In the Foreign Relations Committee, he introduced bipartisan legislation to revise the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and voted to authorize the ongoing U.S. military action against ISIS. He also supported the bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Gentleman from Virginia is the founder and co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus. He also introduced a bill to recognize six Virginia Native American tribes, championed legislation to encourage public middle and senior high schools to teach students how to prevent sexual violence. (Ibid) Senator Kaine's list of accomplishments, in his short time in the Senate, is stellar.
|Senator Kaine and Secretary Clinton|
Stay tuned for tomorrow night's grand finale when Secretary Hillary Clinton takes the stage to formally accept the nomination. Her task will be to give the speech of a lifetime. Once again, yours truly will live blog.