(CNN)CNN Opinion asked our contributors to tweet their thoughts and analysis of the first night of the Democratic National Convention. The views expressed in these tweets are solely their own.

Most effective speeches on Day 1 of #DemConvention :1. @MichelleObama 2. George Floyd family3. @BernieSanders 4. @amyklobuchar

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) August 18, 2020

All in all, I give Night One a C+. Awful first half. Very strong second half. Lesson should be to get rid of the filler and just do the speeches, they were much more compelling than every other weird interlude. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Michelle Obama is getting rave reviews. And, you know who that is gonna make mad. Sigh.

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 18, 2020

It's rare in political speeches for words to meld into pure emotion. @MichelleObama just did that.#DemConvention

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

I rarely want a political speech to go longer, but I could have listened to Michelle Obama for the rest of the night

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

One of most striking differences between Democrats and Republicans is how much Dems lionize and emphasize the democratic process — for Dems, voting is good and it’s a civic duty; protest is brave and noble. Republicans could care less and instead emphasize dominance and power.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Michelle Obama’s honesty, humanity, and eloquence saved and redeemed Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention — a largely uninspiring way too crowded directionless, telethon-like event.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) August 18, 2020

This woman is the moral voice of this country.

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 18, 2020

No former First Lady, including @HillaryClinton, has ever campaigned like this before. #DNCConvention https://t.co/4mtatSIzyW

— Kate Andersen Brower (@katebrower) August 18, 2020

.@MichelleObama is showing all this heart, all this emotion, in a speech to a camera in an empty room. No cheering crowd to lift her up. We have not seen this kind of performance direct to camera since Ronald Reagan. #DNCConvention

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 18, 2020

“If you think things cannot possibly get worse trust me they can and they will.” Don’t vote like your life depends on it. Vote because people’s lives DO depend on it. And Michelle is driving that home.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Michelle Obama just dropped one of the most casually savage lines of the night on Trump: "He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is."

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

Dear God, @MichelleObama is talented. I have always been a big fan, but, my goodness this speech has it all: heart and teeth, elegance and empathy. At turns warm and fierce. I am blown away. #DNCConvention

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 18, 2020

Moral compass we have missed you.

— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) August 18, 2020

As expected, @MichelleObama is laying it all on the line tonight. Making the case plain and clear. It's on us– stick with chaos and division OR chose steady leadership and empathy. What do we truly value? This is not who we want to be. #BidenHarris #DemConvention

— Mitch Landrieu (@MitchLandrieu) August 18, 2020

Because she is not a politician and doesn’t think or speak like one, @MicheleObama is such a powerful communicator. As she is showing again here, she speaks with a moral authority few in public life can summon.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 18, 2020

My god. Michelle makes everyone else look like amateurs. No one can deliver a speech like she can. Even in these conditions, she leaves you hanging on every syllable. Few can do that. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

.@MichelleObama talking about how our children are digesting this political moment is extremely powerful. It's a direct reminder of just how profane Donald Trump is…

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

“Being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” And so does who you vote for (or don’t). The stakes here could not be higher. And Michelle Obama captures it perfectly.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Michelle Obama carefully explaining that the president needs to be smart and decent is so clearly 2020.

— jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) August 18, 2020

Bernie doing a good job of mobilizing his backer for Biden. If they were watching, this was effective #DemocraticConvention

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) August 18, 2020

“This is not normal,” another rallying cry from @BernieSanders, along with Nero fiddled, Trump golfs.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

Strong #DemConvention speech by @BernieSanders urging party and national unity. (He even said he'll eagerly work with conservatives to stop Trump!) Struck all the right chords."My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine."Amen.

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

This Bernie speech is actually perfect. Just the right tone. Legitimately outraged. Substantive and important. Truly excellent and definitely the best from a politician all night.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Sanders: our campaign ended, but our movement continues. Our ideas that were deemed radical before are now mainstream. 😱😱😱 #DemocraticConvention

— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) August 18, 2020

Bernie gives a bearhug of an endorsement of Joe Biden. Good stuff! #DemConvention

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 18, 2020

Not sure what it means, but I’ve watched more of this Monday night convention than any other year I can remember

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

ummm, the Amtrak video made me cry. In these times, @JoeBiden 's decency is overwhelming. #DemConvention

— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) August 18, 2020

I really like this @Amtrak segment. Impactful. Personal. Well-told and produced. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Cedric Richmond wins for combo lighting and staging. This is sharp and fresh and perfect and I hope people speaking tomorrow are watching and rethinking the kitchen table setup. I don’t want you to look real with your wooden cabinetry, I want you to look good.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Having the people who Biden defeated in the primary speak here is a nice touch. This segment's production moves well, tells the story.

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 18, 2020

Wow! I almost forgot how many Democrats ran for president last year. #DemConvention

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 18, 2020

Folks upset about @JohnKasich and other Repubs speaking at #DNC2020convention, I feel your pain. I 'bout busted a gut when @BarackObama invited GOP Congressman Jim Leach to address the 2008 convention. Yet Pres. Obama turned out to be a great Dem President. So will @JoeBiden

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 18, 2020

Good use of @SenDougJones just now. He made a compelling push for Biden, evoking John Lewis. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Gov. Kasich, Meg Whitman, Susan Molanari, Christie Todd Whitman & Republican other testimonials are effective endorsements. Wonder if any Democrats will speak at the Republican Convention next week? #DemocraticNationalConvention

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 18, 2020

I am not a fan of Republican Governor John Kasich, and his speech tonight did nothing for me, but I do think it is important for Republicans watching the #DemConvention to see so many other Republicans criticizing Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/qlIkOKcNnx

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 18, 2020

Don’t lose sight of how extraordinary it is to have so many Republicans speaking at the Democratic convention — warning that the incumbent Republican president is bad at business and bad for America’s soul.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) August 18, 2020

I do miss the great soaring oratory that was sometimes part of great conventions—Humphrey in 1948, Kennedy in 1980, Obama in 2004. Can that happen in this format?

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

Okay. The pro-Biden "unexpected voices" idea was a GREAT one, and Republicans Christine Whitman, Meg Whitman, Susan Molinari, and John Kasich testifying for @JoeBiden really sung. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

I don't get the feeling today's Dems embrace Kasich the way Republicans embraced Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman back in the day

— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) August 18, 2020

Former NJ Gov Christine Todd Whitman – Republican – says she is voting for Joe Biden because he is "decent and stable." Two words that no one would ever, ever use to describe Donald Trump. Decent and stable. We should all be so lucky.

— (((Rachel Sklar))) ❄️ (@rachelsklar) August 18, 2020

To beat Trump, let’s inspire People of Color, young people, & progressives to feel like they have a political home & come out & vote…rather than twist our own ideals to accommodate people whose failed ideology has created this monster in the first place. #DemConvention2020

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

Finally. Speeches.Some biting words from MI Gov. @gretchenwhitmer on COVID: "From the jump, we took this seriously in Michigan…. And with too little help from the White House, we executed our plan." #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Old enough to remember when it was really unpopular to bail out the auto industry but @BarackObama and @JoeBiden did it anyway

— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) August 18, 2020

This virtual convention doesn’t exude energy or enthusiasm. Not the DNC’s fault. How do you recreate the excitement of the convention floor? Another Covid casualty. #DemocraticNationalConvention

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 18, 2020

I miss some of the typical DNC convention stuff but this is like a 2 hour TV commercial destroying Trump and elevating Joe Biden. I like it! #DemConvention

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 18, 2020

This unconventional #DNCConvention is actually exactly what we need at this moment in time. AMAZING stories from real people, politicos, celebs, people who voted for Donald Trump and feel betrayed by him, narratives about the kind of leadership we desperately need now #JoeBiden!

— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) August 18, 2020

Democrats should say—”if I’m allowed to vote” to offer a reminder of what’s going on right now.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

Kristin Urquiza said her 65 year old dad who died of #coronavirus had only one pre-existing condition: believing in Donald Trump. #makeitplain #DemocraticNationalConvention

— Areva Martin, Esq. (@ArevaMartin) August 18, 2020

Attacks on Trump’s Covid response is his greatest political vulnerability. Impactful. #DemocraticConvention

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 18, 2020

Gov. Cuomo on a considerable high horse tonight, considering what NY went through — and is still going through. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Good riff from Cuomo: "Covid is also a metaphor: a virus attacks when the body is weak." Goes on to say America's body is weak — our divisions have made it harder to overcome our challenges.#DemConvention

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

We know Joe, but more importantly Joe knows us. Jim Clyburn reminds us why Biden won the primaries.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

It's right that the #DemConvention is opening up with a focus on systemic racism. It's a thoughtful use of the unconventional venue…

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

I miss the gathering of friends and allies at the #DemConvention. But a downside of the old conventions is that most speakers were professional politicians. This new format showcases so many dynamic, compelling folks who voters can identify with and relate to.

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 18, 2020

The Democrats did the right thing by not trying to replicate a "normal" convention (in part bc normal conventions are kind of bad?). This feels strange because we have no idea what to expect, but so far it feels like they're building something interesting.

— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) August 18, 2020

The very fact that we have the conventions in virtual fashion seems like one of the strongest arguments against the administration’s policy record.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

#DemConvention The kids singing the national anthem was inspiring — youth, energy, compassion and love of country. And then it became a too busy crowded telethon lacking energy and inspiration. Will second hour redeem. I hope so.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) August 18, 2020

I don't even know what I'm watching now. We cut from a music video (?) to a Biden speech (?) to Biden interviewing people (somewhere at some time?) Why is this so messy? #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

The first 30 minutes of @DemConvention was both a technical achievement AND entertaining and informative. The format and flow is engaging, personal, and intimate — and exciting. It isn't rote. It isn't boring. It's good TV!

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

The diversity the Democrats are displaying at the #DemConvention is something the Republicans just can't match in a authentic way.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

Ok fine Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges, I take the Boomer accusation back. But they are clearly a powerful minority who were appeased by Bruce, whose songs will be playing at the DNC until at least 2100.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Spot on. The conventions outlived their time. We are watching them be reinvented. The virtual format, though, needs to create space for party members to interact, network, and deliberate. This is one more step removed from delegate participation, even if ceremonial. https://t.co/k2aH3wOxfx

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

Hearing #GeorgeFloyd's family tonight is a powerful reminder of what's at stake in this election in the fight for racial justice and equity.

— Mitch Landrieu (@MitchLandrieu) August 18, 2020

The goal of the #DemConvention : rally their base, sway Independents & win over disaffected Republicans. 22 mins in – they have checked each box.

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) August 18, 2020

The first two speakers at the #DemConvention tonight are Black Women. And if we're serious about winning, that's exactly how it should be.@MurielBowser with a strong reminder of what's at stake.

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

This feels more like a sad telethon than a rousing call to arms. I get the limitations of the format, but man this is slow so far. Only @RepGwenMoore added 60 seconds of much-needed energy. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Trump's idea of reaching out to the black community is by calling Black Lives Matter a "Symbol of hate." What a contrast to the #DemConvention

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 18, 2020

We've been hearing The Rising in political videos for 18 years now and …. I'm not mad about it. https://t.co/rt7DOwHld5

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

Bruce was good, but I'm *really* looking forward to the Ted Nugent musical interlude at the RNC next week

— Elliot Williams (@elliotcwilliams) August 18, 2020

Like honestly I like Bruce too but he must hold the record for the artist whose songs have been played at more Democratic National Conventions than any other.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Definitely approve of The Rising on this video from the #DNC – great song that sets a defiantly optimistic patriotic tone. Also, there’s never a bad time from Bruce.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) August 18, 2020

Appreciated centering the #DemConvention on the stories of real people in real places. This has to be our focus for the next 77 days.(Also, shout out to Farmer Rick who was all class wishing condolences to Trump's family–and then telling us why he's voting against him)

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 18, 2020

There's power in telling people's real stories at @DemConvention in large part because it's so transparent that Trump doesn't give a damn about them. He only cares about himself. A major choice in this election is whether we want a POTUS who actually cares about the people again.

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 18, 2020

Gotta be honest this convention is real weird.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 18, 2020

Trump has a passionate base, but it's narrow. @JoeBiden has the chance to build something we don't often see: a PASSIONATE broad-based coalition. Will he be able to pull it off?? #DNC2020 #BidenHarris2020 #2020Elections pic.twitter.com/77pTBrJWku

— Van Jones (@VanJones68) August 18, 2020

Democrats speaking with PA small businessman & family farmer, constituencies where Democrats struggle & Republicans do well. #DemocraticNationalConvention

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 18, 2020

I love these conversations with REAL people and what they are facing in these challenging times!! #DemocraticConvention #DNC2020 #JoeBidenKamalaHarris2020

— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) August 18, 2020

Yes, @EvaLongoria is full of smart. A perfect tone in a host to kick off this #DNC2020.

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) August 18, 2020

There was more diversity in the opening montage of the #DemConvention than there will be in entire four days of the GOP convention

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 18, 2020

Kinda loving the fact that #DemConvention opens with a strong Latina. I'm settling in for a good night.

— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) August 18, 2020

I think the main goal of the DNC speakers tonight and all nights shouldn't be to out-left each other, but to simply hammer hard why Donald Trump must go. That is all. #DemConvention

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 18, 2020

Running against President Trump is running for something. With this particular president, the two go hand-in-hand.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) August 18, 2020

Feeling sentimental. I've been to every Dem convention since 2000. And before that: 1984 in San Francisco. Because I was young, that was the most fun; 2008 was next. I hope 2024 will be in Milwaukee — the city deserves it.

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) August 18, 2020

Challenge for Dems this week is not only to make case against @realDonaldTrump, which is pretty well understood.The most important task is to give people a richer understanding of Biden, and how he would to lead the country out of the overlapping crises we currently face.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 18, 2020

Four Republicans will speak at the Democratic convention tonight @cnn They'll remind the country, particularly Republicans, Trump hijacked the party and the party no longer represents them. It's permission to vote for Joe Biden.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

Joe Biden already had his hands full fighting off the Trump Campaign’s claims that he’ll be controlled by radical left-wing activists. Today’s convention speakers gave us a good look at just how impossible that task will be.

— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) August 18, 2020

Tonight is one of those nights I am so happy I paid my cable bill. @MichelleObama is simply terrific. I cannot wait for her speech. #DNCConvention https://t.co/GBKJIWaUHO

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 18, 2020

The virtual nature of the convention is a challenge for the Democrats, but it is a much bigger challenge for @realDonaldTrump and Republican. The lack of a packed auditorium is a constant reminder of Covid-19 and the mismanagement by the Trump Administration.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 18, 2020

I’ve been going to political conventions for decades. I am nostalgic for an in-person Convention. The pomp and circumstance, the excitement, catching-up with friends…and foes. But got to admit. This set-up doesn’t suck. pic.twitter.com/t63ZxZEvZx

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 18, 2020

I talk to Dems who are running in parts of the country that are inhospitable to Dems and wow do they seem overlooked by the national party.

— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) August 18, 2020

Tonight the Ds will either inspire or bore — maybe a bit of both. A lot of pure unadultated yakking. Never easy. But by week’s end they need to have demonstrated they have a compelling messenger and message.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) August 18, 2020

Trump just said: “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged – remember that. “Either he wins or he’ll tell his followers they’ve been robbed. Extremely dangerous. Only way to avoid an even worse national nightmare is a Biden landslide

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) August 18, 2020

It’s Big Tent night at the @DemConvention. What a contrast with the GOP which has become a far-right Trump Cult.Hard to have a more ideologically diverse lineup—from Bernie Sanders to Doug Jones, John Kasich to Michelle Obama. We don’t always agree but boy are we united to win. pic.twitter.com/8o3olhLYxD

— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 17, 2020

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