Bill Clinton Headlines Democrat Convention
August 1, 2012 Leave a comment
Bill Clinton has been asked by President Obama to speak at the Democrat Convention and to nominate the President for re-election. Obama must be desperate to rely on Clinton to nominate him for re-election, much less take up a major primetime slot on the Convention. It’s hardly a secret that Bill wanted Hillary to run against Obama in the Democrat Primary. For the last year Bill has spent more time jabbing Obama and half back tracking then outright supporting the President. That he is being selected for such an important primetime slot is at best curious and at worst a sign of desperation.
It’s likely an act of desperation by Obama. He needs the sort of Democrats and independents that voted for Clinton twice and votes for Hillary in 2008. The Democrats are hemorrhaging among these voters who are largely white working class men. A recent Rasmussen poll showed that Romney was up 20 points with white voters. Obama cannot win re-election if Romney is winning white voters 60-40. Thus he’s going to his arch frienemy Bill Clinton for a major Convention speech. It’s a major risk for Obama but one he must believe he has to take.
Clinton won’t throw Obama under the bus at the convention of course. He’ll give a fine rah rah speech outlining why the Democrats are better than the Republicans. If Clinton does anything he’ll give such a fine speech that it overshadows Obama’s. Bill is more than capable of doing that so don’t be surprised when it happens and make no mistake it will be intentional on Bill’s part. Even if Clinton’s speech doesn’t overshadow Obama’s, look for him to take subtle jabs at Obama every so often for the next few months. Clinton doesn’t want Obama to win, he wants Hillary to face Romney in 2016 rather than have Hillary face the daunting task of winning a third Obama term.
If Clinton wasn’t interesting enough for the Democrat Convention, his warm act takes the cake. Indian squaw Elizabeth Warren has been tapped to warm the crowd up for Clinton. This is the same Elizabeth Warren who beat Obama to the “you didn’t build that” punch. In recent months she’s claimed to be the intellectual architect of Occupy Wall Street, she’s claimed she’ll be the savior of capitalism and Wall Street only to back peddle when everyone burst out laughing. This is the same woman who spent a quarter of a century lying about her racial and ethnic background in order to move up in the academic world.
It ought to be quite a night when Bubba and the Indian squaw take the stage for Obama. How desperate must Obama be to invite someone he knows will stab him in the back and a woman who is a known liar about her racial and ethnic heritage? At least we know what Clinton brings to the table for Obama but what does the Indian squaw bring? Is there really a Democrat constituency made up of people who lie about their race and ethnicity in order to move up in the racially charged liberal academic world that Obama needs to shore up? If not, there seems no reason why Warren would appeal to any independent white voters. After all, 25% of Obama voters in Massachusetts are poised to vote for Scott Brown in Warren’s Senate race.
Obama is nervous about his re-election chances, which means Romney really does have a shot. Just a few months ago, Romney was very much a long shot and Obama had little to worry about. With poor economic news and Obamacare back in the spotlight, Obama has a lot to worry about. So much so that he has to rely on Clinton to drum up support for him. There must be nothing worse for Obama than to be forced to rely on Bubba, who he must know will steal his thunder, at the Democrat Convention. Scary enough, Obama has likely talked himself into the idea that he’s one upped Clinton. The truth though is that Clinton is going to out shine Obama at the Convention and then he’s going to attack him during the campaign.
UPDATE: Elizabeth Warren ought to be great to listen to before Clinton. She recently declared she wants the US to be like China and spend 9% of our GDP on internal improvements. This would require $1 trillion in additional Federal spending each year and it would require us to ignore the fact that China wastes a fortune building ghost cities and other structures that never even used.