Politics 2016 – In praise of ‘Change-maker'

Philadelphia, PA - Day two of the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) was highlighted by a first in American History. For the first time ever, a woman received the nomination for president from a major political party. Hillary Clinton officially became the Democratic Party’s candidate in the November General Election.

Clinton’s name was placed in nomination by another American Women’s History-maker, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, who 30 years ago became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate “in her own right”—without being first appointed to fill an unexpired term. Mikulski, who is retiring after her current term expires, declared, “our founding fathers gave us a great start but it was the founding mothers who said ‘do not forget the ladies, for we will foment our own revolution.”

Former President Bill Clinton, the nominee’s spouse, also addressed the convention. In case you were wondering, he did not give the same speech Melania Trump gave to the Republican Convention in Cleveland last week. The former president effusively praised his wife, whom he called a “change-maker.” Bill Clinton stated Republicans have created a cartoon character that they claim is Hillary Clinton and “are running against the cartoon.” He referred to his wife as “the real one.” The former president also noted Hillary Clinton “drew praise from prominent Republicans when she was in the Senate and was secretary of State.”

The former president said the current Republican brain trust is vilifying his wife because “a real change-maker represents a real threat.”

Speaking of change making and revolutions, several news outlets, including USA Today and Roll Call, are reporting that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters, who have exited the convention, could be planning to form their own spinoff tea party. Like the extreme right’s emergence eight years ago during the early days of the Obama Administration, Sanders’ backers seem to have a collective feeling that things in America aren’t going great and the “Establishment” is the problem.

Wednesday night speakers at the DNC include President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who has been mentioned as a candidate for Democratic National Committee chairman; plus the 2016 vice presidential candidate Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, will also address the convention Wednesday.

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