Bill Clinton

Clinton vs. Obama: A Rhetorical Analysis
September 07, 2012

In 2012, he who exhibits a command of facts in the accent of a country-western singer becomes the closest thing we have to a philosopher king.

Tonight Obama Campaigned in Prose
September 07, 2012

In Charlotte, Obama didn't try to inspire. He just reminded voters of their choice.

Power of the Incumbent: Why Obama’s Re-Election Would Be Truly Historic
September 06, 2012

If Obama wins in November, we will have the first run of three consecutive presidents who've won re-election since the early 1800s.

Clinton is Better Than Obama at Explaining Why Obama is Better Than Clinton
September 06, 2012

Obama's a better president than Clinton, but Clinton's better at explaining why.

Clinton, Obama, and the Triumph of Substance
September 06, 2012

As usual, Clinton talked for too long and in too much detail. It almost certainly worked.

Why Clinton is the Perfect Surrogate For Obama
September 06, 2012

An ex-president with credibility on the economy and support among white working class voters is exactly what Obama needs.

Four Things Obama Needs to Say in His Convention Speech
September 05, 2012

A Veteran Democratic Speechwriter Says These are the Themes Obama Needs to Hit at His Convention Speech:

The Big Dog as Attack Dog: What to Expect From Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech
September 05, 2012

Tonight, Bill Clinton, whom I used to work for as chief White House speechwriter, will give a major address to the Democratic convention. Startlingly, that same sentence could have been written in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Think of Springsteen at the Meadowlands. Even if you don't really like the music, you must admire the longevity. This Clinton convention speech is more important than most—certainly, it’s more riveting. It’s topsy-turvy for a former president to place in nomination a current chief executive.

Bill Clinton’s Solipsism Remains Intact
September 02, 2012

Because Ryan Lizza’s terrific piece in this week’s New Yorker is filled with such good anecdotes, you might not notice something until you are finished reading it. I certainly didn’t. Lizza reports on the long rapprochement between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as the White House sought to bring Clinton into the tent and utilize him in this year’s election campaign. Bad feelings, stemming from Obama’s lack of respect for Clinton’s two terms in office, and the nasty 2008 primary campaign, still linger.

The Things Romney Failed to Accomplish
August 31, 2012

Narrative without policy detail is just a bunch of words. Here's what the Republican candidate failed to accomplish in his big convention speech.