Friday 29 July 2016

At the convention

Following the historic speech by Michelle Obama that will be quoted for a long time, Bill Clinton repaid his debt to his wife in a speech (called How-I-Met-Your-Motheresque) that sought to defend her against the cartoonisation imposed on her by the Republican party and the media (a speech that Rachel Maddow hated for playing into gender stereotypes). 

Hillary Clinton is the first woman nominated for the Presidency by a major party. 

Barack Obama's speech made it clear that the Clinton campaign will frame her future presidency as a continuation of the previous one rather than a clear break, and he defended her vision and character as well as tried to appeal to Republicans potentially shocked by the individual at the centre and the direction of the Trump campaign. 
He is also reshaping the definition of American Exceptionalism (a city on a hill, constantly under construction), a vision that starkly contrasts with Donald Trump's dystopian vision of the present.

The Atlantic outlines how the Clinton campaign is reclaiming the concept of "grace" in the campaign. 

Tracing Hillary Clinton back to her political roots, to her 1983 work with a committee to improve Arkansas education standards for all school children.

At the corners, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, resigned after (presumably Russia-hacked) emails were leaked by Wikileaks and revealed that the party put more support behind Hillary Clinton, the fall-out of which dominated the National Convention, with disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters unwilling to get in line. 

An emerging thread in the Republican campaign - Donald Trump's connection to Russia and Russian President Putin. Trump says he would reconsider the United State's position regarding the annexation of Crimea. Why Trump is Putin's new Gerhard Schroeder to Clinton's Merkel: "Donald Trump, in the Kremlin’s view, is extremely pragmatic, extremely unprincipled and extremely cynical—which makes him easier to reach an understanding with."
From the very beginning of his presidency, Putin has bet on personal relationships with world leaders as the basis for his foreign policy. It is almost as if he has tried to recruit all of them, trying to find each one’s personal key. He realized very quickly that all foreign leaders can be divided up into two important categories: those who believe in certain values (usually, democratic ones) and those who are totally cynical, concerned with self-advancement and power for its own sake. Sooner or later, attempts to build a relationship with leaders of the first category run aground on the rocks of mutual incomprehension. With leaders of the latter category, everything is on the table. 
Politico: Why Putin Prefers Trump, July 27, 2016

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