Thursday, September 6, 2012

Clinton Hits a Home Run

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:53 AM

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A very healthy looking President Bill Clinton's nomination speech to the DNC was incredibly effective inside the Time Warner Cable Arena and, by all accounts, on television as well. While running long, the speech accomplished a lot of tasks: a full-throated endorsement of President Obama's reelection, a clear analysis of the economic challenges facing the country when Obama arrived on the scene and how he has dealt with them, and a hard-edged rejection of key charges made by the Romney-Ryan ticket (on Medicare and welfare reform). It wasn't a poetic speech, but it was a speech that simultaneously fired up the party base and yet reached to the middle with its focus on "cooperation."

While there were some strong speeches peppered throughout the evening, Day Two of the DNC lacked the top-to-bottom punch of Day One. Perhaps most effective were a speech by Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization NETWORK—a rare speech by a Catholic nun to a partisan body—and that of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has become a real rock star among Democratic activists. In section of her speech that most thoroughly fired up the crowd, Warren critiqued Mitt Romney's notion that "corporations are people": "People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die, and that matters."

On the Arkansas delegation front, it's interesting that the three folks most-mentioned as Democratic gubernatorial candidates for 2014 have all been visible in Charlotte. The activities of AG Dustin McDaniel have been mentioned before, but both Bill Halter and John Burkhalter have made appearances at Arkansas events here. Halter attended the state Democratic Party's fundraiser with Clinton yesterday and Burkhalter attended an Arkansas delegation party Wednesday afternoon.

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