Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Bill Clinton to Speak Wednesday During Convention

The Bill Clinton drama has blown up in the Democrats’ faces. It has been the talk of the town, now getting extensive coverage on the nightly news telecasts. Obama, sensing that things were on the brink of getting out of hand, has moved to (partially) resolve the situation:

NBC News has learned that the Obama campaign, in an effort to quiet talk of the Obama-Clinton drama, has offered Bill Clinton a speaking role on Wednesday night at the Democratic convention — before the vice presidential running mate speaks.

Sources say that Clinton in fact will speak.

I doubt this will do much to tamp down the animus between the camps, or the media chatter about it. Frankly, it’s hardly shocking that media took this bait that Clinton served up on a silver platter. Clinton is not even trying to conceal his rage, and notwithstanding Obama’s admirable attempts to smooth things over, as the old saying goes: “It takes two.” It should be very interesting to see how Clinton responds to this gesture. Will he be more generous in his praise than his disastrous statements to ABC? He now has a prime speaking slot during the convention. Will he continue his passive aggressive behavior? If he does, we’ll know that he has no intention of helping Obama win this fall. As such, he should be relegated to the dust bins of history as a solid president who let his personal feelings and lack of self-control tarnish what could have been an excellent legacy.

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  1. i completely agree with your assessment.

    bill may use this opportunity to kill obama.

    or in his words, slime him.

    Comment by mag64 | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. If Bill doesn’t give the speech of his lifetime completely praising Obama (especially knowing everyone will be parsing his every word), his legacy will be ruined and he knows it. He may be emotional, but he’s not irrational.

    Comment by dansac | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yeah, even before I read Dan’s comment I was thinking the same thing. It could actually redound to Obama’s benefit — everyone spends all day wondering what he’s going to say, and he goes out and gives a barnburner. Remember, he did it in ’04, and he clearly didn’t think much of Kerry.

    Comment by GDH | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. I guess I’m just a cynic at heart. 😉

    I expect he’ll do just fine. But part of me worries…

    Comment by turneresq | August 8, 2008 | Reply

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