The DNC chair got the ax when hacked emails definitively proved what just about everyone paying attention pretty much knew -- that she was using the party apparatus to favor one primary candidate over the other. We didn't think it warranted mention on this blog.
But who is the substitute convention opener? It is none other than the notorious Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the one who said as her city was burning:
It's a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.She quickly blamed others for supposedly mischaracterizing her words, saying she did not mean what she plainly said.
One foolish statement would not have been so bad if she had followed up by doing everything right after that, but the City of Baltimore has not. Closer to the opposite, and it has the crime to prove it.
If the Democratic Party wanted to make this election all about who is on the criminals' side and who is on the law-abiding people's side, with themselves being the wrong side, it could hardly have chosen a more effective face to put forward to open its convention.
And just to be very, very clear, there is no balance to be struck with free speech when a full-blown riot is in progress. Government can constitutionally put "time, place, and manner" limits on speech to serve important interests, and peaceful protests can be postponed until peace is restored.