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The republicans weren't the only ones shook up by a hurricane at their national convention. Isaac disrupted the RNC, causing a cancellation of one night, keeping demonstrators at bay, and scaring people for a day or so.
At the DNC, Hurricane BILL struck Wednesday night, and he also shook up the republicans, blowing the roof off their policy positions, ripping the limbs from their foliage, dismantling whatever momentum they had established a week ago. He pumelled MITT ROMNEY, slugged away at PAUL RYAN, and didn't stop there, saving a few direct hits for the GOP congress. If this were a fight, it would be over. If this were Russia, he'd still be president. If anyone in the room had a weak bladder, then there were a lot of wet seats.
BILL CLINTON, in classic form, spoke for more than 45 minutes. He varied from his prepared remarks, sometimes to great effect, at one point saying about RYAN, "You have to give him this, he's got a lot of brass for criticizing the president for something he did," in reference to the very same $716 billion in Medicare cuts.
The speech was loaded with specifics, as if it had been researched for months. There was a jobs scorecard, highlighting the democrats better job performance over the last 52 years. He chided the republican congress for depriving the country of at least a million jobs with their relentless obstructionism over the last 4 years. He lauded President OBAMA for creating 4.5 million jobs in that same time period.
He encapsulated the ridiculous attacks republicans have been leveling at The Affordable Health Care Act highlighting the benefits, in the most cogent and effective way.
He went through, point by point, every republican attack on the president, and blew them all away. And he did so, without showing anger or vitriol. He was smiling, and laughing, and having the time of his life. He even found time to laud Presidents BUSH for their work in global disaster relief with him, using it as a club to attack the republicans for their hate of OBAMA. It was virtuoso.
Democrats had been waiting for the OBAMA administration to make this case, in just this way, and Hurricane BILL obliged. FEMA was on full alert, for surely there must have been widespread destruction on the republican side.
At the finish of the legendary performance, from perhaps the best politician in our lifetimes, President OBAMA surprised the packed arena by joining CLINTON on stage for a warm embrace and a joint wave to the rapturous house. CLINTON looked to the President as if to say "How did I do?". OBAMA gave a thankful nod, as if to say "At last someone said it." MICHELLE OBAMA was shown standing in applause many times during the torrent.
The speech completely overshadowed a "coming of age" performance by Massachusetts senate candidate ELIZABETH WARREN, who has grown immensely in her campaign against Senator BROWN, from school marm to a polished, effective political force. But for CLINTON, her delivery just before his, was a tour de force attack on ROMNEY and the republicans that should catapult her forward in her tight race for the seat once held by Senator EDWARD KENNEDY.
KENNEDY is haunting this convention, making an appearance Monday night in an amazing video montage including clips from his whitewashing of ROMNEY in a challenge to his senate seat. In one hilarious moment Senator KENNEDY is shown saying "I'm pro-choice, my opponent is multiple choice." In another, the late, great senator quipped, "MITT ROMNEY has been back and forth on the issues so much, if we give him a couple more days I think he'll vote for me for senate."
The hall roared with laughter. It was just one small moment, in a convention that has been the most energized, the most exciting, and the most eventful that many can remember.
|INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER 2011 CHICAGO IL.|
|DINAH SHORE WEEKEND PALM SPRINGS 2011|
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