Convention shows Dems are unified, to dismay of Trump and media
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This is the second installment in a daily series chronicling contributor Lanny Davis's experience at the Democratic National Convention as a Maryland delegation member of the Convention Credentials Committee. Read the first installment here.

Sorry, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE, and all the hyped-up talking heads on cable media: The "controversy" and "division" among Democrats and former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (Vt.) you predicted and talked about all weekend and most of Monday just didn't happen last night.

To the contrary.

Here is a more apt word as to what happened: pffft.

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That is the sucking sound of the air escaping from the over-hype balloon of "controversy" that led to the piling-on storyline all day on Monday on all the cable channels and in major print media: That the Democrats are deeply divided and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email controversy would continue to embitter Sanders supporters throughout the convention.

Wrong.

Not to say the email controversy wasn't worth some coverage.

It probably took a day or two longer than it should have to cut to the chase and end the controversy through the resignation of the DNC chair, Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz (Fla.). But by mid-afternoon on Monday, Wasserman Schultz bravely took responsibility and resigned — and I only have the greatest respect for her past public service and her decision to put this controversy behind her and all of us, as hard as that must have been for her to do.

But we must all note the singular indisputable facts: Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE had nothing to do with these emails, did not approve them and took the lead in getting the issue behind us and an apology issued to Sanders.

And then came last night.

First, we had the remarkable and landmark speech of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker proclaiming "we will rise." It was a speech whose greatness, inspiration and audience effect could be favorably compared to the three most memorable Democratic convention speeches of the last 30 years: Sen. Ted Kennedy's (Mass.) "The dream shall never die" speech in 1980; Gov. Mario Cuomo's (N.Y.) "Tale of two cities” in 1984; and then-State Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE's (Ill.) keynote speech in 2004, the one that led to a direct path to the presidency in 2008.

And then there was Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama criticizes lack of diversity in politics: one side is 'all white, all men' Obama interrupts Michelle's appearance with 25th anniversary tribute Michelle Obama: Young people feel what's happening now 'not what they were taught' MORE. The first lady gave the most inspiring and best-delivered speech endorsing Clinton of any I have heard in a long time — and that is a long time, since I go back over 46 years with Hillary, whose last name when I first met her at Yale Law School was then Rodham. Thank you, Michelle.

And then the liberal firebrand, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE of Massachusetts, set forth the Democratic Party's progressive agenda and provided, as usual, a devastating takedown of the dangerous and reckless Trump. 

And what happened to all the hyped-up controversy by Trump and the media all through the day about the DNC emails?

Pffft.

So, at the end of Day One, there was joy among Democrats in unity and purpose — no boos to speak of, no insulting each other as Trump couldn't resist doing with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (R-Texas) — even the day after his nomination.

Now, just wait for tonight, when former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, the master of all masters at bringing people together and convincing even Republicans that we have more in common as a nation than we do that divides us, speaks.

No matter how hard Trump and the media try to drum up controversy, it won't happen with Bill Clinton as the star attraction. Unity has returned to the Democratic Party, and Bill Clinton will only reinforce it. That is his way.

Of that, you can be certain at the end of Day Two.

More tomorrow.

Davis is co-founder of both the Washington law firm Davis Goldberg Galper PLLC and Trident DMG, a strategic media firm specializing in crisis management. He served as special counsel to President Clinton in 1996-98 and is a regular columnist for The Hill newspaper. He has been a friend of Hillary Clinton since they were students at Yale Law School together in 1969-70.


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