Dan Morain

Democrats rip into Trump; Trump seeks Putin’s help

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As Hillary Clinton appeared on the big screen Tuesday to accept her party’s nomination for president, the camera pulled back to reveal a multigenerational crowd. We have our own multigenerational group, Shawn Hubler, Erika D. Smith and Aly Pachter. No matter your political persuasion, you will be moved by their take on the first woman to be her party’s presidential nominee. Dave Barry of The Miami Herald, meanwhile, makes flagrantly unfair and possibly offensive generalizations; that’s his job.

Taking snapshots

Here are a few phrases that caught my ear from the Wells Fargo arena in Philly:

Tim Kaine: “Donald, what are you hiding?” He really ought to release his tax returns.

Joe Biden: “The 21st century will be the American Century.” The Democrats are going right at Donald Trump’s dark claims with an optimistic view.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.” Bloomberg was the anti-Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who seemed a little unhinged in Cleveland.

Rear Adm. John Hutson: Trump “personally invited Russia to hack us. That’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent.”

Leon Panetta: “Donald Trump says he gets his foreign policy experience from watching TV and running the Miss Universe Pageant. If only it were funny.”

Gov. Jerry Brown: “Trump says global warming is a hoax. I say Trump is a fraud. Trump says there’s no drought in California. I say Trump lies.”

My guess is that you will be hearing these phrases or ones like them many times between now and Nov. 8. And then there was Barack Obama. He and Michelle Obama will be Clinton’s most powerful weapons on the trail.

Our take

Editorial: Honoring the progress in Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination.

Dan Morain: Donald Trump’s dangerous dalliance with Vladimir Putin.

Aly Pachter: Democrats pass, GOP fails litmus test of inclusiveness.

Joe Mathews, among our regular contributors: Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom take a risk with their ballot measures.

Randy Hanvelt and Julia Levin’s Soapbox: The California Public Utilities Commission is too slow dealing with dead trees.

Takes on Hillary Clinton

Shawn Hubler, Erika D. Smith and Aly Pachter: Hillary Clinton, through the eyes of three generations.

San Diego Union-Tribune: What Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders said at the conventions says more about them than about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But it says a lot about Trump and Clinton’s leadership style and ability to work with others, too.

Miami Herald: Love her or hate her, give Hillary Clinton credit. It was a victory long in coming for a woman – any woman.

Eric Frazier of The Charlotte Observer: It does indeed matter that Hillary Clinton, even with Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky and Benghazi and email probes and all her other baggage, has finally broken that barrier.

Ben Shapiro in The National Review: Hillary Clinton is not in trouble because of the massive competence of Donald Trump. She’s in trouble because she is terrible at the game her husband invented: the game of “who cares more about people like you.”

Virginia’s take on Kaine

Virginian Pilot: Donald Trump better move fast on all of this, because Tim Kaine’s reputation among people who know him in Virginia – “decent,” “trustworthy,” “honest,” “intelligent” and “nice” – simply will not get the job done. Especially when it emerges from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Daily Press of Newport News: Hillary Clinton’s selection can be seen as an honor for a man widely admired for moderation and good humor, and for his adherence to the rapidly fading (in fact, almost archaic) political tradition of putting pragmatism ahead of partisanship.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginians will cheer Tim Kaine as someone they know and admire. He has never lost an election. His nomination also comes as a relief to independents and disaffected Republicans; he gives them a place to go. The Old Dominion ought to be proud.

Syndicates’ take

Debra J. Saunders of The San Francisco Chronicle: If Leslie Van Houten is truly remorseful, she should accept that her punishment is to spend her days repenting in a correctional facility.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Continuity we can believe in.

Eugene Robinson: Donald Trump’s press conference: more outrages and lies.

Dana Milbank: Some Donald Trump-style speculation on the GOP and Vladimir Putin.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bill Clinton’s most important speech.

Thomas L. Friedman: Web people vs. wall people.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why are so many people afraid of black people?

Tweet of the day

Political Junkie Ken Rudin, @kenrudin, “Can’t tell if Tim Kaine is ‘doing’ Donald Trump or Bullwinkle.”

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