Early in the first day of its 2016 convention, the Democratic Party's train threatened to jump the tracks. As the convention was gaveled into session, delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., loudly booed Rules Committee chair Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and other speakers. Coming on the heels of the acrimonious exit of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over hacked emails that showed DNC officials' animosity towards Sanders, things could easily have taken a turn for the worse.
But the train stayed on the rails, thanks largely to a deep bench of the sort that the Republicans were unable to muster last week in Philadelphia.
A week ago, the most Donald Trump and company could offer to viewers their first evening were Melania Trump, a single U.S. senator and several Trump advisers. Monday night, Democrats rolled out not just current First Lady Michelle Obama, but a half-dozen senators and other elected officials representing multiple wings of the party, including progressive heroes in Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.