Republican conventions featuring former Democrats and Democrat conventions featuring former Republicans are not the exciting new development that the media likes to pretend that it is. It’s about the quality of the people you bring with you.
Team Biden made the likes of John Kasich and Jeff Flake into the public face of their GOP outreach. But while Kasich once rose to power touting himself as the son of a mailman, his DNC remarks and the entire Republicans for Biden pitch is redolent of the swampy concerns of political insiders.
Contrast that with Vernon Jones going Zell Miller and making a common sense case for President Trump not based on the inside baseball, the CNN chyrons, the Washington Post editorials, but on community concerns, on the structural inequities of Democrat rule, and on the choice between freedom and slavery.
The Democrats know what they’re doing. Their best odds of appealing to Republicans is with those who find Trump embarrassing. And Kasich handily speaks to that. But Vernon Jones offered something very different and exposed Kasich’s hollow appeal to class and respectability for that favorite word of the Dems these days, privilege.