Barack Obama’s eviscerating speech on Trump’s threat to democracy was supposed to be the Democrats’ star draw yesterday.


Instead, he took to the stage before Kamala Harris, a ceremonial passing of the baton to the woman the Democrats hope will reunite a nation in desperate need of some “Yes we can” spirit.


The early signs are certainly good – if what voters wanted to see was a woman of colour, stepping firmly into the spotlight and owning the enormity of being the first Black and Asian woman to be confirmed to a presidential ballot, they got it, and then some.


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