Obama's agenda has been broad, but he has not been consumed with the crisis of his time. That crisis is blue collar joblessness. It's always been about jobs. Yet the Democratic leadership seems to have only recently noticed.
The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.
Small details, exact costs, specifics, particulars -- all are fatal to a convention speech. Just ask Bill Clinton as he walked off the podium after delivering his keynote address at the 1988 Democratic Convention.
Clinton doesn't help Obama with his electoral map in November. He needs someone who has both pull in the states he wants to win and who can help repair rifts with rural white voters. Two names immediately come to mind.
This weekend, as Clinton defended her gas tax proposal against what she described as the "elite opinion" of professional economists, I, like so many others, had to ask the obvious question: Since when does a Clinton get off as such a populist?