Thursday, August 28, 2008


Here I am, writing once again about the Democratic Convention. I cannot begin to express the adoration I have for Bill Clinton. It doesn’t make sense. One thing is sure, I am not alone.

The delegates stood on their feet and roared for over 3 minutes when Clinton walked on stage. Bill basked in their affection for a while, but after several false starts, he finally ordered them to "Sit down!"

Bill Clinton always gives the audience the most bang for the buck and since leaving office in 2000, this was his most compelling speech. With a stadium full of his biggest fans, he had them in his hands, but also sent his message to the rest of the country.

He and Hillary didn’t pull any punches during the primaries this spring. Harping on Obama’s lack of experience, but Bill suggested that on such weighty issues such as the Middle East, Russia, and the threat of global terrorism, Obama would be leaning on his well seasoned vice president, Joe Biden.

Clinton said “With Joe Biden's experience and wisdom, supporting Barack Obama's proven understanding, insight and good instincts, America will have the national security leadership we need".

Clinton continued while Jabbing a finger at thousands of cheering delegates: "I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November." Thus; continuing the plea by Hillary the night before.

The night ended with the acceptance and speech by Joe Biden himself. His family to support him, a great narrative on his beginnings and the 1 – 2 punch by Bill and Joe gave the frenzied crowd the red meat they longed for.

I will hold my judgment on how this convention helps the campaign until after the Republicans are done this time next week. Obama has his work cut out for him as he takes the title of Democratic Presidential nominee.

There are still unanswered questions regarding Obama’s experience, judgment and policy initiatives. Bill’s endorsement and Bidin’s partnership only carry so much clout. Obama has to sell the message of change himself for the next few months.

Can he do it? There’s no way to tell…but it provides enough substance to sell hours of commercial time on the cable news channels. November cant come soon enough.


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Anonymous said...

It's been an amazing show so far. The Democrats are finally getting their message out and defining their plans better. Its been a long campaign, and yet only now has either side made any clear plans. Something's wrong.