By now, everyone knows Trump, and almost everyone has a strong opinion about him — one way or another. The November election was always going to be a referendum on Trump, and that’s exactly why the President’s re-election campaign has tried so desperately to create a ridiculous caricature of Biden as a dangerous leftist or a mentally unfit septuagenarian.
What the Democrats did this week, and especially on Thursday, was to counter the Trump caricature of Biden with the reality of the man. It was an effective rebuttal to the inevitable GOP attacks to come at next week’s convention.
Biden showed himself to be a good guy from humble beginnings, who suffered through tragedies in his life and genuinely cares about people, and that image posed a dramatic contrast with the divisive, self-centered politics of Trump.
What Democrats also did this week was give undecided voters a choice. Either elect the Joe Biden from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who rode the Amtrak train back and forth from Delaware every day when he served in the Senate, or keep the selfish wealthy leader who takes golf trips while more than 170,000 Americans are dying of a virus he failed to control.
As a progressive political activist, I don’t think I was the intended audience for Thursday night’s convention. I have to admit I was disappointed by the absence of Julian Castro, one of the most prominent Latino political figures in the party, and the presence of Michael Bloomberg.
Nevertheless, I still think the entire convention —from Michelle Obama on Monday to Brayden Harrington, the 13-year-old who struggles with a stutter, on Thursday — effectively reached the broader audience that Biden and Harris will also need to win in November.
It was not perfect, but it got the job done.