Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday night was very long but it was masterful -- not only in laying out the case for Barack Obama and against Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but in giving the American public what they most want and need in this election season: details, facts, and logic.
I desperately want Obama to win. But the one thing his speech last night lacked was the one thing that was the most important for him to offer -- a plan for how to get the economy out of the doldrums.
In accepting his party's nomination for president, Obama said the "basic bargain" that once rewarded hard work and gave everyone a fair shot had come undone. He's right. And the U.S. economy won't return to normal until that basic bargain is remade.
Romney, Ryan, and the GOP don't seem to know how to satisfy their middle-aged white male base without at the same time turning off everyone who's not white, male, straight, or middle-aged. Unfortunately for Romney and Ryan, the people they're turning off are the majority.
ÉLECTIONS AMÉRICAINES - Les Républicains sont en train de rater le test vital de l'éligibilité. Au lieu de rassembler la plus large base d'électeurs, ils ne se reposent que sur une partie des Américains -des hommes blancs d'âge moyen- et s'aliènent tous les autres.
Some of us thought Romney was without core or principle, an empty suit that would say anything to be elected. But, evidently, the real Mitt is a man whose core principle is clearly on display this week, and articulated with deep conviction: social Darwinism -- survival of the richest.
For the last several days I've been deluged with calls from my inside-the-beltway friends telling me "Romney's dead." Hold it. Rumors of Romney's demise are premature.
So much wealth and power have accumulated at the top of America that our economy and our democracy are seriously threatened. Romney not only represents this problem. He is the living embodiment of it.
Mitt Romney's failing isn't that he's a bad candidate. To the contrary, he's giving this GOP exactly what it wants in a candidate. And that's exactly the problem for Romney.
What we're seeing in Ohio isn't a new Mitt Romney. It's a newly-packaged Mitt Romney. The real Mitt Romney is the one we saw on the videotape last week. And no amount of re-taping can disguise the package's true contents.
If the payroll survey is significantly more than 96,000 -- the number of new jobs created in August -- President Obama can credibly claim the job situation is improving. If significantly fewer than 96,000, Mitt Romney has the more credible claim that the economy isn't improving.