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 TrumpDems seek to chip away at Trump’s economic record Trump to sign directive to reform commercial space regulations Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE 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) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk 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 ClintonComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Clapper: Trump distorting my comments is Orwellian Mueller probing Roger Stone's finances: report 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 ObamaChicago City Council approves Obama Presidential Center On North Korea, give Trump some credit The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left 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 ObamaNetflix surpasses Comcast in market value Chicago City Council approves Obama Presidential Center Michelle Obama posts childhood photo in advance of forthcoming memoir 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 WarrenRising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Progressive rise is good news for Sanders, Warren Juan Williams: Trump gives life to the left 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 CruzPro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Tapper lists 'conspiracy theories' Trump has shared MORE (R-Texas) — even the day after his nomination.

Now, just wait for tonight, when former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonSenate Dems’ campaign chief ‘welcomes’ midterm support from Clintons On North Korea, give Trump some credit The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left 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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