I’m happy to report that Bill Clinton has stopped talking. Actually, last night’s speech nominating Barack Obama for a second term, was not his longest, even though it seemed to go on forever. In 48-minutes, the man fellow democrat Bob Kerrey described as “an unusually good liar,” put those skills on prominent display. As you know, Bill Clinton is the first, and only elected, president to be impeached. Last night’s performance was another first, first time a former president nominated a sitting president, or perhaps I should say, nominated an empty chair. Sen. Kerrey was right, and Clinton’s still got it. He’s a real silver-tongued devil.
As I watched alone, because the Husband like most Americans was watching the football game, I had a few thoughts:
The former Prevaricator-in-Chief punctuated many of his lines by jabbing and wagging his bony finger, and saying “I want you to listen to me.” Every time he did that, I couldn’t help but recall his infamous and unfortunate “I never had sex with that woman” statement. Was I alone?
The assembled Kool-Aid drinkers were waiving signs that read “Middle Class First”. In today’s Wa-Po, democrat suckup/biographer David Maranniss refers to Bubba as a “hoarse whisperer to the middle class.” The irony of all these invocations of protecting and helping the “middle class,” which we will certainly hear the Dear Reader screeching about tonight, is that under Barack Obama’s vision of a “remade” America, there will be NO middle class. Rather, we will have Cook County, Illinois writ large: that is, a pyramid, with the political royalty like Barack, Michelle, Valerie and their peeps living LARGE at the top, as they have been for the last 3 1/2 years, jetting all over the planet to luxurious resorts on our dime, wearing outfits that cost more than most people make in a month, hosting celebrity soireès, their mascot and patronage groups in the middle, exchanging their votes for the goodies doled out to them, and the rest of us, the serfs at the bottom, whose job is to submit and pay.
Wouldn’t you have loved to be a fly on the wall when Obama had to grovel to get Bill to help him close the deal? Our Sham WOW (Walks on Water) is like that Senator Geary in “Godfather II” after he was caught in the brothel with the dead hooker in his bed, crawling to the guy he used to treat with such disdain. How the might have fallen (along with Obama’s approval numbers).
Clinton, criticizing Paul Ryan, said “When Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings as quote ‘biggest coldest power play,’ I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Because that 716 billion dollars is exactly, to the dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his own budget. It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.” I agree, sort of like the way every single Obama supporter robotically recites “they want to return to the policies that caused our economic crisis in the first place,” when in fact it was B. Hussein and his fellow “community organizers” who played the race card to intimidate lenders into giving mortgages to people who had no business getting them because they couldn’t afford to pay them back.
Naturally, the pundits were effusive in their praise for Clinton’s speech, but the rest of us need to ask one key question. In a second term, would Barack Obama govern more like Bill Clinton, or one of the other speakers from last night, phony Cherokee, Elizabeth “You Didn’t Build That” Warren? Last night, she told us that the “system is rigged,” and if she had been referring to the affirmative action system that allowed mediocre, C players like her, Barack Obama, and her Royal Wideness, Michelle Antoinette, to attend elite colleges and get six-figure jobs, I would agree. She wasn’t. She was referring to the free enterprise system, where people succeed based on merit and hard work, a system that liberals like her and Barack despise. I was struck by what Bill Clinton didn’t say. He didn’t rip business. He didn’t rip Bain Capital. He didn’t rip Mitt Romney, the man with the “stellar” business record directly.
Using Bill’s brilliant political skills and masterful prevaricating ability could be a double-edge sword. As Michael Gerson points out in this piece, Barack Obama is a hard-wired left-wing ideologue. Bill Clinton is not, and their governing styles and actions reflect that fact. Will the contrast be so obvious tonight that many will realize that, contrary to what the Obama campaign wants us to believe, Mitt Romney is not running against Bill Clinton?