The Real Importance of Bill Clinton’s Wonderfully Long Speech

Bill Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention was very long but it was masterful — not only in laying out the case for Barack Obama and against Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but in giving the American public what they most want and need in this election season: details, facts, and logic.

Republicans have eschewed all detail, all fact, all logic. Theirs has been a campaign of ideological bromides mixed with outright bald-faced lies.

Therein lies the importance of what Bill Clinton accomplished tonight. But, just as importantly, it wasn’t a wonky talk. He packaged the facts in a way people could hear. This is the highest calling of a public educator.

The question is not how many undecided voters saw the speech (I doubt many did) but whether it galvanizes Democrats — giving them the clarity of conviction and argument they need over the next nine weeks to explain why Obama must be re-elected, and why a Romney-Ryan administration would be a disaster for this country.

I believe Clinton’s speech accomplished this perfectly. We shall see.
This post was originally published at Robert Reich.org and is reproduced here with permission.

5 Responses to "The Real Importance of Bill Clinton’s Wonderfully Long Speech"

  1. davidjmichel   September 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    obama is no clinton hell bill does not even like the guy ,the speech was for the partys benifit .bill is not a socialist or an antecolonialest bent on making the U.S. a third world country,like B.H.O !

  2. Richard B Feldman   September 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Please remove this horrible uneducated blather

  3. Mike W   September 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Please, Bill is just one of the "good old boys" for the Democrats. The memory of Bill Clinton lying to the his Cabinet and the American people are still fresh in my mind. Why in heavens name would anybody take him serious. You sir, just don't get it.

  4. David Troutman   September 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

    high level of rhetoric in these comments…