PanDEMonium: Simon Carswell’s Democratic convention diary

Colbert pokes fun at Clinton over emails scandal as Republicans play in Philadelphia

Colbert takes aim at Clinton over emails scandal

Talk-show host Stephen Colbert returned as his fictional character Caesar Flickerman for the Democratic version of his "The Hungry For Power Games" after poking fun at Republicans in Cleveland last week. He ran riot on Sunday in the Wells Fargo Centre, the venue where Hillary Clinton will be crowned Democratic presidential nominee.

Priming his pet (stuffed) weasel Caligula, Colbert was in Philadelphia searching for the thousands of deleted Clinton emails.

“Get the scent, get the scent,” Colbert whispered to Caligula, pushing the weasel’s nose to a smartphone, before throwing it. “Go find the emails, go, go!”


It would be funny for Clintonistas if the email scandal wasn't so damaging. A new CNN/ORC poll found 68 per cent do not consider Clinton honest or trustworthy, her worst rating, coming after the FBI director James Comey said she was "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information on her private email.

Republicans mock Clinton in Philadelphia arena

Republicans are having their own fun in Philadelphia. The party has picked an appropriate base near the Democratic party: a wrestling, boxing and martial arts arena. This city is the fictional home of Rocky after all.

"Considering the infighting we have seen in the Democratic Party over the last 24 hours, it is a very fitting location for our operation," Republican national committee spokesman Sean Spicer said on Sunday night.

To pack their punch against Clinton and claims that she is gaming a “rigged system,” the venue has loaded games including a corn-hole, Connect Four and a prize wheel. “Hillary wins every time,” said Spicer. The media swag bag included a dice where a “H” comes up every time and a towel “to wipe your server clean.”

Quote of the day

“It’s troubling if it’s true.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on his claim that "Russian state actors" hacked Democratic national committee emails and leaked them to help Donald Trump.

Number of the day

5 – The percentage point lead that Donald Trump enjoys over Hillary Clinton in a new CNN/ORC poll (in a four-horse race with libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein), his best showing in the poll since September 2015.

Clinton leads way in celebrity polls

In the celebrity polls , the Democrats are definitely winning on the star speakers at their convention. Last week in Cleveland, the Republicans had Happy Days actor Scott Baio, former Calvin Klein underwear model and soap-opera actor Antonio Sabato and Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.

This week, the Democrats have pop star Katy Perry, Desperate Housewives actor Eva Longoria, singer Demi Lovato, actors America Ferrera, Lena Dunham, Tony Goldwyn and Debra Messing, and former basketball star Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, while Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and rapper Snoop Dogg will perform at concerts on the fringes of the convention. On the celebrity count, it's a Clinton landslide.