And not just the prayer, either, but let’s start there. Hey, Democrats booed God four years ago, so they’re at least improving their aim a little:
WHOA: Bernie chants drown out the opening prayer for the DNC pic.twitter.com/rW6F4QHE1h
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) July 25, 2016
“Hallelujah”? Dr. Cynthia Hale might have done better to ask for mercy from the Lord, because she certainly received very little from the assembled delegates. What a disaster.
And it continued, too. Democrats finally convinced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to take a powder rather than create an excuse for a floor demonstration at their national convention, but the replacement chair of the convention — Marcia Fudge — fared no better. NBC News caught the cascade of boos that rained down as Fudge gaveled the convention to order:
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 25, 2016
Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men, eh? By the way, Fudge wants everyone to know that she had been selected to gavel the convention all along:
U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge said Monday that she was picked as permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention weeks before Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned.
“I was asked weeks ago. I just kept it quiet,” the Warrensville Heights Democrat told reporters at an Ohio Democratic National Convention delegation breakfast.
Wasserman Schultz was initially slated to preside over the convention as DNC chair, according to media reports. However, Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she will resign as chair when the convention ends, as a result of leaked emails that appear to show top DNC aides strategizing against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.
As permanent chair, Fudge will gavel each day of the convention to order and to close, as well as maintain order as Democrats vote to nominate former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia for vice president.
Er … suuuuuuure you were. Anyway, Fudge wasn’t too happy about her reception.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 25, 2016
“We are going to have a different kind of convention than the one we saw in Cleveland last week,” Fudge promised. And hey, Democrats are already delivering that! It’s an even bigger cluster-you-know-what than anything we saw last week, including the Ted Cruz speech. At least Republicans weren’t booing the nominee.
Update (AP): I need to run to the store and grab some popcorn and beer right now.
Breaking: Dem source: in last hour, Sanders camp urgently reached out to Clinton camp, worried their delegates plan to disrupt tonight.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) July 25, 2016
How frightened are Democrats of this looming fiasco? Team Bernie sent a text to the leaders of his delegates on the floor afternoon begging them not to make a scene tonight when Hillary’s name is mentioned: “I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor… Its of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations.” We’ll see how they play it. Right now I’m burning with jealousy that these people refused to sit quietly today for their lousy, unacceptable nominee.
If you weren’t planning on watching, you might want to rethink. No foolin’:
Bernie delegates from CA chant "Lock her up"
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) July 25, 2016
Iowa delegate @chris_laursen: “Bernie basically fed us a bunch of Mountain Dew and now he wants us to go to bed. It’s not going to happen.”
— Jason Noble (@jasonnobleDMR) July 25, 2016