- Paul Begala says first night of the RNC was dominated by rage and by questions that emerged later about plagiarized lines in Melania Trump's speech
- He says it was a typical Trump production -- messy, undisciplined, angry
Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House. He is a consultant to the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Conventions are an extension of the candidates they nominate. Ronald Reagan insisted on sunny, upbeat gatherings. Bill Clinton introduced himself to America as "The Man From Hope," focusing on his humble childhood as the son of a widowed mother. And Barack Obama electrified the nation from Mile High Stadium, challenging us all to believe in "the audacity of hope."