Dear Chester County Democrat:
This week’s Democratic National Convention will look like no other in our lifetime. In addition to the historic VP pick of Senator Kamala Harris, the big news is just how the TV networks will be broadcasting the pandemic-era gathering. Much of the excitement will be happening a few miles down the road from Chester County in Wilmington, DE, home of Vice President Joe Biden.
From Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20, there will be plenty of high-profile speakers giving virtual addresses on each day of the convention. Monday night will feature Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo while Tuesday night has lined up the likes of Jill Biden, Bill Clinton, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Wednesday night’s speakers include Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. On Thursday, the last day of the convention, speakers are to include Biden himself, as well as his family, plus Tammy Duckworth and Cory Booker.
The various networks have allocated anywhere from 7 pm to 2 am each night for gavel to gavel coverage. Pop the popcorn and pick your favorite TV channel to watch. The DNC has one site for where to watch it.
It’s not just Wilmington but Chester County that has grabbed the attention of the national press. In a fascinating piece from Real Clear Politics published August 12, the reporter claims that the wealthiest county in PA could play an out-sized role in the 2020 election for Biden to win Pennsylvania.
“According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden has a five-point lead over Trump in Pennsylvania. The state remains competitive electoral territory — though it’s really a contest of voter enthusiasm in two crucial counties. Luzerne voters reject Biden’s “Middle-Class Joe” persona as contrived and believe that Democrats’ progressive direction imperils the nation’s future. Conversely, Chester voters, disgusted by Trump, view Biden as a leader who could restore national stability. In November, both counties will help determine Pennsylvania’s electoral outcome — and perhaps who wins the White House.”
Read the whole article here.
As we’ll see from this week’s news coverage, the Democratic Party has built a big tent. That’s true here in Chester County. I’d like to give a shout out to the many volunteers and organizations that are working hard in tandem with us to encourage Mail-In Voting, writing postcards, training folks to phone bank, hosting virtual candidate fundraisers and posting messages on social media. Thank you to Chester County Young Democrats, Indivisible Chester County, Back2Blue, Chester County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative and many more. One group of artistic volunteers, Vote: All Of U.S. Together, has built a visually appealing online toolbox for those seeking answers to the basic questions of how-to-vote. Take a peek here.
If you are still counting backwards from 100 by sevens, we are now at 79 days until the election booths open. But we hope that all of you will have received and returned your Mail In ballots in the months of September and October. As the graphic says, 10/20/20 is the absolute deadline to turn in your ballots if you plan to vote by mail.
Finally, no weekly note from me would be complete without a request for donations (click here). Your donations will help support our Vote By Mail effort. Send us a donation today of $25 or more and we will send you a Biden bumper sticker. If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to CCDC and send it to our headquarters at 37 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382.
Thank you and stay safe.