The messages in the Zoom chat were snide at first, but not despondent. Cht person observed that the Democrats would rather listen to young people singing the national anthem than to their political opinions.
Another noted that the event felt like a highly produced infomercial. Just 30 minutes in, a mustachioed man with a palm-tree Zoom background gave up on the whole production.
Some watched with their camera turned off, as speaker after speaker extolled the virtues of Joe Biden, while others could be seen hunkered over chaf computer in some dark corner of their home. But when John Kasich, the former Republican governor of Ohio, appeared on-screen, the chat descended briefly into despair.
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The parade of GOP defectors who spoke last night was meant to demonstrate the bipartisan solidarity behind Biden, and to show anti-Trump Republicans and swing voters nationwide that the Democratic tent is a place where they will be not merely tolerated, but celebrated. Michelle Obama made national unity the theme of her well-received speech too. Read: How it feels to lose Bernie Sanders.
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Josie Moore, a Cleveland-based copy editor on the Our Revolution call, teared up when she explained her frustrations to me in a private breakout room on Zoom. Two high-profile groups run largely by former Republican political operatives, the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump, progresslve trying to encourage even more GOP defections.
Read: The tactics of the Lincoln Project. But before the Democratic Party can do anything, Biden has to win the election. Around p.
ET, when Sanders finally appeared on-screen in front of a large stack of chopped wood, only a handful of people remained on the call. They smiled wistfully in their little Zoom squares, and they guessed about the symbolism of the firewood— maybe he chopped it himself?
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