PHILADELPHIA — Last week, I apologized to the city of Cleveland for doubting their ability to adequately host the Republican National Convention. Today, I want to really apologize. Cleveland did great. It’s an inside baseball sort of thing to say, but it was dramatically easier to navigate (in terms of security, proximity, transportation, etc.) than the City of Brotherly Love.
But that’s not the only reason to suspect the convention chaos might be even worse this week than last.
Politically speaking, most of us assumed the DNC would go smoother than the RNC — especially in the wake of Ted Cruz’s controversial speech. But that was before the selection of Tim Kaine (a good pick in my estimation, but one that offends many progressives) and — more importantly — the WikiLeaks revelations that demonstrated DNC staffers were biased against Bernie Sanders. Those revelations cost Debbie Wasserman Schultz her chairmanship (she was booed at a Florida delegation breakfast this morning), and could make this convention very interesting to cover.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will both toe the party line and “hug” Hillary tonight, but what about their supporters? Will there be boos when they mention Hillary, will Wasserman Schultz provoke any additional problems? And lastly — will there be any more WikiLeaks stories to drop?