Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bill Clinton's Epic Convention Speech

Last night at the Democratic Convention President Bill Clinton delivered a 49 minute tour de force that was instantly iconic and will be talked about for many years to come.  To believers, it was the political equivalent of a Bruce Springsteen concert: A marathon performance you don't want to end. 

Were undecided voters watching last night?  Who knows, but Bill's star power had to bring in some independent voters out of curiosity, if nothing else.


What we do know is that the entire U.S. political press corps was watching last night, and Bill's speech will make a difference in their coverage.  Complicated issues lend themselves well to lying and no one understands this better than the GOP.  If the response to the lie is complicated, the liar wins simply be forcing the other side to explain why it's a lie.  Paul Ryan  is a perfect example of this kind of lying.  He's been making up "facts" his entire political career.  He probably even believes most of them, and he's certainly gotten away with years of lies because of the ideological cocoon in which he has lived and thrived.  But now, he's on the national stage in a way he's never been before, and that is bringing scrutiny that he has never had to face.  With Bills' explanations, the press understands  Romney's deceptions with a clarity they did not have before and they are going to be tougher on the Romney campaign because of it.   The Romney campaign might even  drop some of the lines of attack. 

This will also lead to tougher coverage of the Obama campaign if for no other reason that to appear balanced.  We've already seen this in a comical AP story this morning that struggles to the point of absurdity to find fault with Bill's speech.

For those who missed it, here is Bill Clinton's address, in it's entirety, to the Democratic National Convention on September 5, 2012.


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