IT WAS NOT THE convention Democrats had hoped for and planned for years. It was not a scene of thousands of delegates joining together in a convention hall in Milwaukee, a site chosen in part to give Democrats a boost in battleground state Wisconsin. There was no electric moment of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris walking jubilantly out onto a stage with their spouses, basking in the traditional red, white and blue balloon drop.
In the first all-virtual national political convention, little was conventional for the Democratic National Committee this week. Here are the top takeaways:
It was a technical success.
Murphy’s Law – if things can go wrong, they will – didn’t apply. While there were a couple of minor delays as speakers delivered live but remote remarks, for the most part, the two-hour televised sessions went off without a hitch. The DNC ran pre-recorded testimonials from regular Americans – some very powerful, such as the Arizona woman whose father died of COVID-19 after trusting Donald Trump’s low-balling of the virus threat, an 11-year-old Latina blaming Trump for the deportation of her mother, who is the wife of a U.S. Marine and a 13-year-old boy talking about how fellow stutterer Biden helped him overcome the speaking difficulty. Interspersing those segments made the formal speeches from party leaders feel less like an endless office Zoom meeting.