Scarborough Hails ‘Excitement’ of DNC Over ‘Sleepwalking’ RNC

Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski continued to marvel over the “obvious excitement” at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. While the hosts insisted there was no comparison between the DNC and the RNC, they continued to build up the Democrats by knocking down the Republicans. The liberal hosts painted a picture of an “excited” DNC filled with “history” and “emotion,” compared to an RNC laden with “empty seats” and “sleepwalking.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough, the ever “objective observer,” insisted there was simply no comparison between the two conventions.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: …There is no comparison between the excitement -- there's just not. And you can say this as an objective observer. There is no comparison between the excitement on the floor of the Democratic convention as there was the Republican conventionThere were always empty chairs there. They were sleepwalking. Half of them didn't seem like they wanted to be there. There were, of course, yeah, some very excited people there. But this was absolutely packed and rollicking all night. 

MARK HALPERIN: …Last night you saw people crying on the floor. You saw emotion based on a historic first. And I thought the Clinton folks did a very good job of reminding people of the history of it, regardless of what you think of Hillary Clinton, whether you like her personally, whether you like her policies. The country did something last night it's never done, and they did a very good job of harnessing that emotion, and the excitement in the room and you're right, every seat was filled. 

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Of course it is “obvious” to MSNBC that the DNC supersedes the RNC. Bloomberg politics editor John Heilemann also chimed in to put the DNC on a pedestal.

…You suddenly had this moment where, by and large, that the side by side passions kind of came together in one thing, and everyone kind of had that cathartic moment and there was just a huge jolt of electricity through the hall, which was absent in Cleveland.

There is plenty of comparison to make between the two conventions and it is simply inaccurate to say all “electricity” was “absent in Cleveland.” The only thing that is “obvious” is that the impact of the DNC is only understood when liberals belittle the RNC in an effort to make their case.  

View Full Transcript Here:

07-27-16 MSNBC Morning Joe
06:11:11 AM – 06:13:59 AM

JOE SCARBOROUGH: It’s been exciting though. It's been an exciting two weeks. Both weeks have been explosive at times, have been moving at times, but on the house -- on the floor of the conventions though and even on TV, there is no comparison between the excitement -- there's just not. And you can say this as an objective observer. There is no comparison between the excitement on the floor of the Democratic convention as there was the Republican convention. There were always empty chairs there. They were sleepwalking. Half of them didn't seem like they wanted to be there. There were, of course, yeah, some very excited people there. But this was absolutely packed and rollicking all night. 

MARK HALPERIN: Well this was an establishment event and the Democrats nominated the ultimate establishment candidate, former First Lady, Secretary of State, Senator, the Republicans nominated an outsider. And so their convention reflected that. The insiders don't like the person they’ve nominated. Last night you saw people crying on the floor. You saw emotion based on a historic first. And I thought the Clinton folks did a very good job of reminding people of the history of it, regardless of what you think of Hillary Clinton, whether you like her personally, whether you like her policies. The country did something last night it's never done, and they did a very good job of harnessing that emotion, and the excitement in the room and you're right, every seat was filled. 

JOHN HEILEMANN: And you have you know you had Democrats the talking point yesterday when there were, was moments of discord on the floor, you would hear some Democrats would say, well, you know, this is the Democratic Party. We've got conflict, this is a fractious party, but eventually we'll get it together. And by the end last night at the end of the roll call when Bernie Sanders called for by acclimation to have Hillary Clinton nominated, you had all the passion of the Sanders supporters, you had all the passion of the Clinton supporters, and what had been threatening the day before, people were, the talking point turned out to be true. You suddenly had this moment where, by and large, that the side by side passions kind of came together in one thing, and everyone kind of had that cathartic moment and there was just a huge jolt of electricity through the hall, which was absent in Cleveland.

SCARBOROUGH: And I remember four years ago Willie, saying after the Republican convention that the Democrats did it so much better and Republicans and the conservative writers were just so shocked and they were so outraged. How dare you could say that when the climax of that convention was an 82-year-old actor talking to a chair. This is obvious.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: It’s incredible.

SCARBOROUGH: There are some things that are obvious. That was obvious then. Two days in, this is obvious now. If you just judge it by the first two nights, there is no comparison between these two conventions, how they were put on, the power of the speakers and the connection with Americans. 

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