Bill Clinton Leads the Charge
Bill Clinton biographer David Maraniss wrote this morning that Clinton, in his speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, "framed the case for Sen. Barack Obama and against the Republicans in a way that no one at this convention had done before."
Most of our Readers who posted comments on Maraniss's analysis of the Clinton speech seemed to agree this morning. They loved Clinton's speech and noted, as did Maraniss, that there was none of that anti-Obama bile that was part of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign earlier. A few who commented expressed anger Sen. Clinton did not get the nomination, a few posted in favor of presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain.
Maraniss's reportorial work on Bill Clinton during his first campaign for president was extraordinarily predictive of both strengths and weaknesses Clinton demonstrated during his presidency. Maraniss followed that with the Pulitzer Prize winning biography, First in His Class.The writer's conclusion about last night was that Clinton "always finds a path to redemption when he is down, and in many ways he proved that again with this speech. And he might also have accomplished something larger and less self-centered -- by doing all he could to bring Obama up at the same time."
We'll start with Chicago1, who said, "Bill Clinton did for Obama what Obama has not been able to do for himself. Millions of Democratic votes are now his to win or lose. This is not an analysis, but a lackluster summary of the best speech anyone will hear this year or for many a year."
atman1 made a great point, saying, "When we are able to put the common good ahead of the demands of our contracted and insatiable egos, our true nature, our essence radiates and brings light and hope to all. Thank you Bill, thank you Hillary."
But Scruffy1970, who posted the first comment, wrote, "I don't believe any of it. Bullllll."
Scruffy was in the minority. mnjam said, "Great speech by a great Democrat and an even greater statesman. Never in doubt: the Democratic Party is a cause, not a personality cult."
However, librairie was not happy, and said that Obama "...will never get my vote...Give us a candidate we KNOW we can believe in.......Where are you Jesse Jackson when we need you?!!!!!!!!!!!1 Write In Hillary! 2008"
To which SoldiersMom replied, "Where were YOU, librairie,
when Jesse Jackson needed YOU?"
sydney5 wrote, "...Too bad, the Dems have, once again, nominated the wrong person; Joe Biden does not help; his speech, this evening, was ridiculous. Hillary had my vote. Not the new Democatic party."
lemekdivine said, "...Hillary ran a great race but she lost too little to late. now Obama is the nominee period. Please understand that. This is so much bigger that WOMEN'S RIGHTS. It's... about saving this country before it too late and one more term in office with someone that is like Bush will do it..."
And qwerqwer1 wrote, "...Do you really think that Senator Clinton wants you to vote McCain in for 4 more years of this downward spiral we have been in for 7 so she can run again in 2012 and if so, how could you support someone who would want that for this country?..."
smorrow added, "I hope those Hillary supporters will let go of their bitterness just as Hillary was gracious and person enough to do not for themseleves or Hillary but for the good of their country..."
csfoster2000 suggested that "...after yesterday and tonight I do not believe the Republicans will be so anxious to use Senator Clinton or President Clinton to attack Senator Obama..."
However, judithod said, "What Bill Clinton failed to mention is that Obama has NO experience in governing, in leading people... Obama may be an intelligent, good-looking guy who can read a teleprompter well, but his credentials to govern this nation are nonexistent... What are the Democrats thinking (or perhaps smoking)?"
wedaconnectionmoderator wrote, "Senator Obama may become President of the United States; but it is crystal clear that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton... are the reigning queen and king of dignity and the Democratic Party."
limpscomb said, "...Last night, I watched Bill once again give a speech which showed a grace that Clinton haters would choke to death before admitting. This country should not have to undergo another 4 years with Bush's proxy McCain in the oval office."
But alance said that "As an inexperienced first term Democratic President, Bill Clinton did nothing about February 26, 1993. That is the day the World Trade Center was attacked the first time by Osama Bin Laden... Bill Clinton had 100 opportunities to take out this menace and he treated the WTC bombing like a NYC crime instead of an international attack... Both Bill and Barack suffer from hubris and FPDD - Foreign Policy Deficit Disorder..."
CHICO13 gloated that "Clinton's speech was the dagger in the neo-cons heart. Even Karl Rove was babbling incoherently afterwords..."
We'll close with forgetthis, who raised this question: "McCain's supporters are voting against Barack Obama. Obama's supporters are voting against McCain. Is anybody voting FOR their candidate?"
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