The Reviews Are In: Conservatives Say The DNC Was ‘Disaster’ For The GOP

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Something strange happened on the last night of the Democratic National Convention.

After the GOP nominee lambasted the Democrats on Twitter for displaying what he viewed as too few American flags, there was a sea of waving flags as far as the eye could see when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination on Thursday.

A small faction of protesters chanting “no more war” as General John Allen spoke were quickly drowned out by chants of “USA!” filling the Philadelphia arena. The most notable refrain from the RNC crowd last week: “Lock her up.”

The evening also hammered home the stark tonal difference between the two conventions. After Trump painted America as a downcast country in need of a billionaire savior, night after night of all-star DNC speakers preached a sermon of American exceptionalism, with values that unify us all – talking points once exclusively owned by Republicans.

It was enough to give a lot of conservatives whiplash. Here are just a few of them praising the DNC and bemoaning the state of affairs in their own party.

Conservative writer Ron Fournier:

National Review editor Jonah Goldberg:

John Podhoretz, former Ronald Reagan speech writer and Commentary editor:

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld:

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson:

Conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace:

Conservative Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes:

Rich Galen, press secretary for Dick Cheney:

Conservative ops veteran Matt Mackowiak

Amanda Carpenter, former spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz:

Conservative blogger AGConservative:

Commentary editor Noah Rothman:

Daily Caller Writer Jamie Weinstein:

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  1. YES!!! When conservatives say the DNC had a better convention, you know this is the beginning of the end of Trumpcentricism.

  2. Avatar for plum plum says:

    HA HA HA HA HA, fuckers. Get ready for never having a republican president again. HA HA HA HA HA

  3. Avatar for grack grack says:

    Not to dump too much cold water on this but it really doesn’t matter what these people think. They aren’t the people who are going to decide the election. I do hope there will be a healthy bump in the polls for Hillary though. I really enjoyed the convention. I’ve filled my “cry” quota for the year.

  4. Muahahahahahah…

    Headline: Reagan Democrat Punches GOP In Gut, Millions Wince.

  5. ‘We’ve spent forty years on talk radio, Fox News, in books, newspapers and pamphlets, on billboards and on websites saying everything Trump says, and it turns out when a person actually runs on those ideas at the national level they just come across as buffoonish and egomaniacal. Who knew?’

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