Following some pretty unfortunate booing and shouts of “Bernie!” during remarks by speakers like Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) that had me squirming, I actually think the first night of the DNC felt like a giant leap toward unity and soothing hurt feelings/mending broken hearts. Some, if not all the way.
Something changed when Sarah Silverman—a big Bernie Sis now heartily supporting “kick-ass” Hillary Clinton—grew tired of some Bernie shouting and snapped to the #BernieOrBust crowd (not all Bernie supporters, mind you), “You're being ridiculous.” It riled them up momentarily, but things were a lot less contentious going forward, even though poor Paul Simon sounded well and truly spent.
First, Michelle Obama's speech was flawless. Mic drop on all First Lady speeches, by far. She spoke beautifully, passionately, even grew emotional while endorsing Hillary wholeheartedly, and the booing was not happening during those remarks. She was so good she got the New York Daily News to drop its less flattering cover about DNC infighting in favor of a glowing review of her oration.
Elizabeth Warren had some shouting to contend with, but was basically warmly received as she delivered typically cutting remarks about Donald Trump's business acumen.
Then, it was time for Bernie, and I really felt he did an amazing job of giving his supporters their moment, assuring them that their effort was transforming the Democratic platform and, finally, loudly and without hesitation endorsing Hillary.
His remarks were brave and blunt, and at least to me, it felt like a big step toward unity. I am hopeful we'll hear less tumult and more of the also already-present enthusiasm.
Keep reading for the most touching speech of the evening, IMHO ...