FINAL UPDATE: 11:41: It makes you wonder why the GOP didn’t have its own ex-prez, George W. Bush, deliver a stemwinder of his own in Tampa
… or maybe not.
UPDATE 11:24: Obama is gonna call his speechwriters back in after this one;: “Folks, we gotta step this up a notch or two, because we just got schooled.”
UPDATE 11:20: OK, my original headline, “Bill Clinton, awaiting his moment in the spotlight,” should now read “Bill Clinton, extending his moment in the spotlight.”
UPDATE 11:00: Clinton is going all in — full-throated — on Obama’s behalf. I had my doubts that he would do that.
UPDATE 10:50: The GOP message from Tampa: “We left him a total mess. He didn’t clean it up fast enough, so put us back in.”
UPDATE 10:40: President Clinton is not exactly pulling a Chris Christie. So far, this speech is not about him, despite some concern about that from Democrats. He is going all in for Obama.
UPDATE 10:34 “Yesterday’s gone” carries a bit of a different message these days for President Bill, does it not?
UPDATE 10:25: For most Americans, this is their introduction to Elizabeth Warren. It is a powerful, blunt and straightforward introduction.
“Their fight is my fight, and it is Barack Obama’s fight too. People feel that the system is rigged against them, and they’re right. The system is rigged.”
You can argue with her on policy. I think she’s right, but it’s a valid debate. But it is interesting to see such passion and commitment, not just intellectual argument, coming from the liberals again.
UPDATE 10:05: Sandra Fluke, made famous by Rush Limbaugh’s verbal assault on her character, makes a strong presentation.
“She seems like a natural politician,” the woman of the house observes.
Which she does. An effective performance.
Here’s an open thread on the 2012 Democratic Convention, to be updated live when former President Bill Clinton speaks to once again put Barack Obama’s name into nomination.
In the meantime, in honor of Sister Simone Campbell, who just finished a rousing speech:
– Jay Bookman