Thursday, September 6, 2012

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.6

Watching the final night of the DNC I keep thinking back to last night's speech by former President Bill Clinton. If there is such a thing as a rock star in politics this is the man. One of the most popular politicians in the world he was able to quote the Republican god Ronald Reagan at the Democratic Convention and have it seem totally natural. At the RNC the the Repubes mentioned Reagan endlessly without ever having it seem as natural as when Clinton did. Maybe the fact that he would be way too moderate for today's GOP had something to do with that.

I managed to fall asleep and miss the end of Clinton's speech, and was called a dork because of it, but I saw more than enough. In a speech which was almost half ad lib Clinton made this election not a personality contest but a choice between two worlds. "We believe ‘we’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own.’" With that line Clinton said more about what is at stake in this election than any speech that had come before him in either convention.

I talked to a few Republicans today, honestly I do know some, and they told me that listening to Clinton's speech scared them. They say that sometimes the truth hurts, I suppose the truth scares when it is delivered by somebody with Bill Clinton's oratory skills.

Joe Biden currently firing up the DNC for President Obama. Best line of the vintage Biden speech; "A future where we promote the private sector, not the privileged sector."

Sadly no f-bombs.

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