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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?"

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  August 28, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton , Obama , Presidential Politics  
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Posted by: adipex | September 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If Bill does for Barack what he did for Hillary, he's in trouble. No end to the BS. I've got dead trees to go deal with, so some troubles are grater than others. It beats chopping down people.

Posted by: gunguy | September 1, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Experience is history, past tense and off very little use in this ever changing world. We need dynamism, vision, innovation and an assidious work ethic in these times! Boasting about what you have done, tells us zilch about what you plan to do!

Obama has vision, tenacity and drive. The Clintons have also contributed immensely to America. But, blinkers aside, it's time for change, the kind Barack Obama espouses, which is what the world needs right now. Which incoming President, besides incumbents, ever had any experience in governing. Running America and the free world is very different to being in the senate or congress! Obama is not the black man, he is the right man!

Posted by: Ken | August 29, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

pleasingshareman, do you have these visions often? Is there an invisible dragon hanging out in your garage, also?

Please seek help before attempting to write and publicly publish another political analysis.

It's embarrassing.

Posted by: Carole2 | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

What a duplicitious, disingenuous event !!!

In the sea of US Flags at this carefully staged event, why not face reality and have 1,000's of Mexican Flags since Obama and the Dems are courting the brown peasant latino voter with a blind obcession. La Raza if they had their way would be waving 1,000's of Mexican Flags at the Dem's Love Fest !!

And the overtly obscene networks with their understated smirks and sly eyebrow raising would be, as they ad nauseum always do, shilling for obama 24/7 !!

Once in office Obama will launch a totally Liberal Leftist Agenda !!!

So it will be LOVE FEST for all especially the "You owe us" segements of society that are always begging with their hand out !!

Obama will be there ready to fill them !!

Posted by: pleasingshareman | August 28, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton continued his legacy by delivering one of the best political speeches of all time. The great thing about the Democratic Party is that we have such great orators who know how to deliver speeches that uplift and criticize without attempting to assasinate the character of the opposition.

The vile ad on TV that is a gross distortion of Bill Ayers and what he now stands for could and should be turned on its head. I was hoping that Bill Ayers, a highly respected citizen in his community for most of his adult life would be featured tonigtht at the convention. At least Bill Ayers did not become the Timothy McVey of the left. Tim McVey left the mark of a crazed right-wing fanatic. What Republicans fail to realize is that people from every walk of life and from anywhere along the political spectrum can make really bad choices, but also many of these people can change.

I have been pleased to hear some truly great speeches this week. The Republicans are guaranteed to spew their hatred and their vile at the Democtrats rather than to try to lift up their crowd to a higher moral plane. Let's see if McCain has enough control over the Republican Party to seek the moral high ground next week. If he announces his VP pick tonight or tomorrow, he shows his tendency to seek the low road. It is no coincidence that Republicans have always attempted to rain on the the Democrats' parade.

In his own right, you will hear a great speech tonight from the one to whom the torch has been passed. It will not be dropped.

Posted by: Earl C | August 28, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

No--Hillary Rodham Clinton for President or Vice President.....
Then, No Barack Hussein Obama for president.


Posted by: Blondshag | August 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"Come on people, this country NEEDS a change for the better!"

I agree, but change TO WHAT. McCain is NOT the idiot Bush. Plus you have ONLY Obama's word that the following is irrelevant:
Obama is half muslim.
He studied the koran for 2 years.
His relatives are muslim.
He is friends with the anti-American Wright.
He is friends with the terrorist Supporter Ayres.

McCain is not perfect, and maybe he has just enough rascal in him to handle the tough guys. I'd take him anyday, at least I know d--n well he has not been pals with people who knock America.

Posted by: Billw | August 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mike from Sac-I'm a 36 yr old woman and have voted since I was 18. This is the first election that I truly have a candidate with Obama. I'm actually excited about it! I don't know why everyone is so scared about him--look what we've just gone through in the last 8 yrs! He's definitely going to be better than that! Come on people, this country NEEDS a change for the better!

Posted by: shell | August 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is too much like McCain on military choices. Would NOT trust her re using force as a LAST resort.

Too, she does not have the personality and philosophy to be as forceful diplomatically as Barack.

We will have the perfect team with Baracl and Joe. I am delighted that both have a healthy ego and won't be offended when they differ.

Posted by: JJudyphill | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton’s speech last night summarized the best of the Democratic agenda. With the addition of Joe Bidden to the ticket a strong arguments were provided. On display in the most simplest terms were the reasons why GW and his administration failed the country in the last eight years and what must be accomplished to restore us whole again.

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Bill Clinton gave a masterful speech last night, effectively contrasting the successes of his administration and the failures of the GW Bush administration. He reminded us of his fiscal conservatism. social-mindedness, and multilateralism, and of GW Bush's fiscal recklessness, cronyism, and unilateralism. Job well done.

Posted by: Perry Pound | August 28, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Never thought that I would say this, but I think Bill has done the right thing. I was never a great fan of the Clintons but they did the right thing in the end, whatever their ulterior motives.

Bill was elected twice and it is a no small achievement. I guess it was only proper that his legacy was acknowledged and the baton passed on properly to his successor, Obama.

Posted by: thisworld | August 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I thought Bill Clintons' speech was the best I have heard & will ever hear. He's the best.

Posted by: rufus | August 28, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

All Bill Clinton was missing in his lovefest speech about Obama was a wavering finger.

Posted by: Harris Klozow | August 28, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I have always been a Clinton supporter. I was dissapointed last night to see Bill completely turn around and tell us that Obama is the man for the job. I like the things Obama says, but all the corrupt people he has associated with troubles me. I still cannot decide whether to vote for McCain or Obama. I have never voted for a republican - ever. My beliefs are with the democrates. I am very concerned for our environment, economy and the war. One thing that keeps me going back to McCain is the fact that he supported the surge, and the surge worked. We have won the war - nobody will admit it, but it is true. I have close connections with the military - the soldiers and marines that go into Baghdad and surrounding area. They are the ones that really know what is happening. Many of them are close friends, and have no reason to lie. They are much safer now then they were then. Obama would have lost the war, if he had his way. Now he wants to claim that everyone is coming around to his way of thinking - that is such a discusting claim to make. We will pull out soon because we won.
I still don't like the way the republicans don't put the environment on the top of the list of priorities. This is very frusterating for me! I wish we had another option!

Posted by: Laura | August 28, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

im 65 and i've been watching as the political world has evolved and the only irrefutable truth i have witnessed in my brief history was made by Spiro Agnew
"there are two facts Americans can believe
status quo politics and there is nothing so constant as change". i realise he took these facts from history but they have become my cornerstone of believable American political history.

Posted by: ken brotsche | August 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Bush/Cheney, one got no much experience,at least a texas governer, young, but a ex-drug user(did not feel so proud of it), one has experience appealing to conservatives did not do a great job according to most american. We have no doubt both of them love this country.

OB/Biden, one is a gifted speech giver but a do-nothing-er whose biggest accomplishment is running an excellent campaign, young, energitic, a serious ex-drug-user(feel proud of it); one is a Washington insider supposely to have some experience. Some of us have doubt, do not think OB love this country.

How come it seems like OB/Biden's combination is the DEM left version of Bush/Cheney, and might be even worse...

Posted by: nanny one | August 28, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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policy such as other countries have identified and Clinton/Obama/Hillery/Polisi and the congress fail to understand that a corrective time to act has long past. We do not have any choce to wait for the dream of wind and solar. Even if your leaders wake up and understand this issue-it is to late. This fact will become clearer over the next few years.

Posted by: JACK | August 28, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It’s not just inexperience that will keep Obama from becoming President, it’s the Marxist road he's wants to take this country down that keeps the ignorant uninformed praising him, and the logical informed people avoiding him.

Posted by: Superpower | August 28, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

YOu are all so excited about Clinton speaking for Obamma, what the hell did Bill do in his turn at the office, nothing, except close almost half the military bases in this country, and did nothing to protect us against a terrorist attack again. Sure Monica thought he was a great lay, but why all the reminisence , he was a loser.

Posted by: Bubba | August 28, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a supporter FOR Barack. For the first time in a long time I am not voting AGAINST somebody or holding my nose to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Barack Obama represents a lot of things to many people. What got me was the way he ran his campaign on small donations. Now the Democratic Party is also not accepting federal lobbyist and PAC monies.

This represents and shift away from a Corporate Democratic Party to a renewed Party that is more for the people and less for Corporate interests.

Obama is proving that the Democrats can take on Republicans without having to give into Corporate America's attempts to coopt their values with campaign cash.

Many don't understand what a fundamental shift this is and how it will change Washington politics. Obama will owe his campaign to the millions of small donors who ponied up and gave him $25 a month.

That is Change WE Can Believe In!!!

Go Obama/Bidem

Posted by: Mike in Sac | August 28, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Dave:
"All year long Bill and Hill said it loud and clear. Obama is NOT fit to lead. So did Biden."

Bill Clinton dumped his wife. Obama won the first 9 primaries before his 20 year relationship with the anti-American racist Wright hit the news. That leveled the playing field and it was nip-and-tuck after that. Even so, Clinton almost won. Obama then dumps her for vice President, further splitting the party. To top it off, he turns the responsibility of uniting the party over to her at Denver. He is a shallow and unprincipled person, best suited to be a dog-catcher.

Hillary should send him back to Lewinsky.

Posted by: Billw | August 28, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Quick! Someone needs to write an article summarizing all these comments.

Posted by: Philip Du Toit | August 28, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Independents own this election and most of us couldn't give a crap about Clinton's hypocritical knee-jerk partisan stance.

All year long Bill and Hill said it loud and clear. Obama is NOT fit to lead. So did Biden.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | August 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This column is a stupid concept.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Experience seems to be the last stumbling block for people to support Barack Obama. Think about this...the Bush Cheney administration had what many consider the most experience of any previous administration...Cheney, Rumfeld, Powell, Rice. What did that do for this country. If you think that EXPERIENCE was for McCain...If not vote for Obama

Posted by: cavys | August 28, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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