-William Jefferson Clinton, 5 September 2012
Bill Clinton is the reason I am no longer a Democrat. It is my opinion that the guy moved the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt too far toward the center/right. But I am forced to humbly concede: Politically it doesn't get much better than Clinton. As my brother Jeff posted on my Facebook page this fine September morn, "Bubbah delivers". Indeed he does. The Dems are damned lucky that he and they are on the same team. Pity the poor GOP. They ain't got no Bubbah. There's never been a politician like him. There will never be another. Politically he is the old maestro. I can't help but admire and, yes, even love the man - grudgingly, I assure you.
If Obama wins this thing in November historians will pinpoint Clinton's address last night to the Democratic National Convention as the reason. He knocked it out of the park and into the next town. His performance was all-the-more impressive (and noble) because, by all accounts, the two men loathe on another.
Around twenty years ago I read a biography that dealt with the relationship between Robert F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, The title says it all: "Mutual Contempt". They absolutely despised each other. And yet they both left an indelible mark on the time in which they lived. Can you imagine the sixties without Bobby and LBJ? I can't wait to read the book about Barack and Bill. That ought to be a real page-turner. The former president made an interesting point last night:
“President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. Listen to me now, no president – not me or any of my predecessors – no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years."
Think about this, folks: When FDR was elected eighty years ago, he was not able to undo the mess he inherited from the Republicans in one term. He wasn't even able to do it in two terms. It took him nearly a decade! Unlike Roosevelt, Barack Obama will not be allowed the luxury of four terms. It will probably take two - possibly three - different presidents to clean up this mess.
When President Obama took office we were losing well over a half million jobs per month. He reversed that nasty trend. We're now at thirty straight months of job growth. It's been a slow process but at least we're heading in the right direction. Have I been jumping with joy with regard to this administration? Hardly. As a progressive Barack Obama disappoints in a few categories to be sure. But in all fairness, given the obstruction and sabotage (I call it treason) that has been placed in his path by the halfwits who control "the party of Abraham Lincoln" (Thank goodness for quotation marks) it's a miracle he has been able to accomplish anything at all!
Do you recall the last time we had a right wing extremist in the White House? Remember how sweetly that worked out? Maybe I'm being presumptuous but I've got a feeling that we really don't want to go down this road again.
The president formally accepts the nomination this evening. Will he be able to top the speeches made by Bubbah and Michelle? That's a tough order. One thing is certain, it's going to be First Class political theater.
Massachusetts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren is getting mixed reviews for her address to the convention last evening. As far as I'm concerned she was brilliant....Okay, maybe not "brilliant" - but she did fine. I've got my fingers crossed and my hands folded for her. We need her in the senate like nobody's business.
Here is a YouTube link to Bill Clinton's address last night to the Democratic National Convention:
It is one of the greatest convention speeches since Teddy Kennedy's classic "The Dream Will Never Die" in 1980.
by Marshal Frady
George Wallace was, beyond any doubt, a complicated man. When we think of him our minds conjure up the image of a defiant Alabama governor at the school house door, attempting to deny an education to Vivian Malone and James Hood for no other reason than the color of their skin. Wallace was, like Bill Clinton, a political genius. He might have done great good during his time on earth. To his credit, toward the end of his life he sought forgiveness from the people he tried to oppress. This biography has been out of print for quite some time but I imagine you can find it on ebay if you look hard enough. It's well-worth the search. A great read!
BREAKING NEWS. 9/7/12:
The jobs report for August was just released. Unemployment has gone down from 8.3 to 8.1 percent. Good news for the prez - sort of. At least the number didn't go up, right?