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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bill Clinton Is The Great Explainer

No one explains things better than Bill Clinton.

He managed to talk about... well... everything... and make it interesting.

Yeah, he was too prolix, he went on a bit too long, he gets off script... but is there another figure who can take a complicated idea or series of issues and make it understandable on a visceral level?

What a teacher he would have been if he hadn't wasted himself on politics.

Steve Schmidt: "I wish we had a figure like Clinton on our side."   I think that covers it.

As someone tweeted, "Clinton just gave Obama a $500,000,000 donation".

Chuck Todd just noted that Clinton - whom the GOP impeached for a blowjob - is now the GOP's favorite Democrat.  And that Clinton - of all people - spoke about the nobility of public service on both sides of the aisle.  Amazing.

And the GOP kept saying that Clinton was going to stab Obama in the back.  More political incompetence from the GOP.

Two great posts from Josh Marshall:

Folks with a hard copy of the speech tell me it bears little resemblance to what Clinton’s actually saying.

 Hard for me even to fathom how much Clinton is relishing this. Like a caged animal let back out for a brief run in the wild.

Ed Schultz points out that Clinton did the very best job in explaining what exactly is in the health care bill.  
Too bad they couldn't use it a few years ago.

“This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably re-elected Barack Obama.” – Top Republican strategist and CNN yacker Alex Castellanos just after Clinton’s speech.

Melissa Harris-Perry on the Tweetz: “Ok is it weird that President Clinton started the speech in his 60s but is apparently 40 at the end?”

Yeah, that was weird...

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