The Democratic National Convention has offered Americans a competing — and compelling — vision to the dark, dystopian fantasy served up last week by Donald Trump.
They’ve woven traditionally conservative themes, such as patriotism, military service, small-town values and the virtues of hard work, into an inclusive and socially liberal narrative lauding shared sacrifice and civic virtue.
And no one’s more mystified than Republicans, who’ve watched their rival scoop up all the political ground that Trump abandoned in his improbable and divisive presidential campaign.
this is the RNC for people who remember the RNC
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 29, 2016
I cannot believe I’m watching the Democrats become the party of patriotism.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) July 29, 2016
Obama making the conservative case against strong leaders and for the Founders’ settlement. Through the looking glass.ADVERTISEMENT
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) July 28, 2016
I am sure hearing a lot more about God and faith at the DNC than the RNC.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 28, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) July 29, 2016
How can it be that I am standing at my kitchen counter sobbing because of the messages being driven at the DNC? Where has the GOP gone?
— Rich Galen (@richgalen) July 29, 2016
Kinda remarkable to see a hoarse 4-star shouting American exceptionalism at a Democratic crowd drowning out “no more war” chants with “USA!”ADVERTISEMENT
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) July 29, 2016
Gen. Allen’s speech with stage full of military leaders was unprecedentedly powerful
Dems have blown away Day 4 expectations. #DemsinPhillyADVERTISEMENT
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) July 29, 2016
Did Morgan Freeman just say HRC felt the “rage” of a nation against Osama??
These guys are turning into Republicans.#DemsInPhilly
— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) July 29, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
I will take the America of Khizr Khan & his fallen son over Trump’s distorted & selfish version every day of the week.
— John Weaver (@JWGOP) July 29, 2016
Remember when Republicans brandished the Constitution as proudly as Khzir Khan? It was only six years ago.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 29, 2016
For Republicans who are not social conservatives, I have to imagine last night and tonight at the DNC are having an impact on them.ADVERTISEMENT
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 29, 2016
The historic gravity of Clinton’s nomination was not lost on all conservatives.
Whereupon a woman, a mother, walked out on stage, hugged her daughter and accepted a presidential nomination. https://t.co/ik4YcyN0DG
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 29, 2016