Thursday, September 6, 2012

Up In Charlotte, Day 2

Bill Clinton’s still got it.

Okay, I confess: I did watch him live, and it was worth it.

The former president delivered a point-by-point rebuttal of the arguments made during the Republican National Convention last week, warning against Republicans taking back the White House and declaring, “We can’t let it happen.”

He offered an equally detailed affirmative case for the re-election of Mr. Obama, saying there was no question the country was in a better position than it was four years ago.

“We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down,” Mr. Clinton said, repeatedly bringing the crowd at the Democratic convention to its feet. He added, “I love our country so much and I know we’re coming back.

Mr. Clinton drew sharp lines between the choices facing voters in November. He made the case in a deeply personal way, sometimes articulating the argument for Mr. Obama more forcefully than the president has done throughout his race with Mitt Romney.

“We believe ‘we’re all in this together’ is a better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own,’ ” Mr. Clinton said.

There’s been a lot of Beltway talk — and a good article in The New Yorker by Ryan Lizza — about how President Obama and Mr. Clinton haven’t gotten along, but if last night is any indication, they put any personal animus aside and hugged it out for the party and the nation.

There are voters who wouldn’t go near Barack Obama but still love Bill Clinton. This hug’s for you.

Here’s the rest of the day in 100 seconds via TPM: