Democrats Pull Off Virtual Convention

Aug 21, 2020

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Steve Brown discusses how the Democratic National Convention worked without the crowds of cheering delegates. Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck joins the show.

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In this week's episode:

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Former Vice President Joe Biden officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president this week. His speech on Thursday night closed out four days of highly-produced speeches and performances from politicians and celebrities.

Biden and others worked to strike a balance between criticising the current administration and sending an aspirational message to voters.

Among high-profile speakers such as vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former nominee Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Barack and Michelle Obama, Ohio's own Republican former Gov. John Kasich endorsed the Democratic ticket.

Next week, the Republicans will have their own virtual convention, and there's little doubt that President Trump will be keeping a close eye on the ratings.

Snollygosters Of the Week: President Trump And Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

The newly-installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has cut overtime for postal workers and limited post office hours. The U.S. Postal Service also started removing mail boxes in Ohio and around the country.

These could normally be seen as sensible cost-cutting measures, but President Trump is on the ballot this fall in an election that will see significant votes conducted by mail. Additionally, Trump continues to sew seeds of doubt with claims about voter fraud that are at best unproven and at worst completely false.

Earlier this week, after accusations of politcal manuvering and a big backlash, DeJoy and Trump caved and said they would not implement any more changes before the election.

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