Big Bill

Damn I had forgotten what a damn good speaker Bill Clinton is.  I just figured I’d watch 5 minutes before I worked on the DVR queue– as a rule, political speeches do pretty much nothing for me– but here I am 45 minutes later and wow, that was awesome.  Obama may be better as a pure orator, but when it comes to being a pure politician, wow, it’s hard to beat Bill Clinton.

Substance-wise, I really loved they way he so directly took on the pervasive Republican lies about Medicare and welfare.   I liked that he was almost going for an innoculation approach by explaining clearly how Republicans are lying and just suggesting that you really cannot believe anyof their attacks against Obama.  Basically, working really hard to push the theme of Republicans as untrustworthy liars.  Given the Romney campaign of late– we don’t need no stinkin’ fact checkers– this theme has a real chance of sticking.  And, we saw the damage that did to Al Gore (a theme I’ll revisit in the morning’s post).   Plenty of great arguments from Clinton worth mentioning, but the direct and thorough rebuttal of the lies really stuck out for me.

Now, does all this make Obama more likely to be elected.  Probably not.  But, then again,  if it does help to shape the media narrative, yes.  That was about as strong an argument as you could make for Obama’s re-election.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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