Bill Clinton: Bad MoFo.

If you haven’t seen his ridiculously good (and effective) speech, here it is with accompanying transcript courtesy of the New York Times.

Oh, and by the way? The clip starts after a minute-long cheer from the crowd. Then Bill took the podium, said “Thank You,” trying to get the crowd to let him talk. After close to two minutes, he tried to start his speech, but the crowd would not be silenced. They wouldn’t let him start for another minute and a half. There is when the previously linked video starts. For a non-transcript, full version (including crazy crowds) courtesy of C-SPAN click here.

The man covered so much ground. It really takes a crazy gifted speaker to talk about all those topics with such clarity. Not to mention to turn it into a cohesive speech.

He made the case for why Obama is qualified, why he has shown the right judgment over and over. He made the case of the destruction these past eight years have caused. How the administration has rewarded American’s hard work with amounts to spitting on their faces.

There were so many great passages,  this one I think is a beatifully devastating attack on the GOP’s Policies.

{…] But on the two great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American Dream and how to restore America’s leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years. And it is, to be fair, to all the Americans who aren’t as hard-core democrats as we, it’s a philosophy we never had a real chance to see in action until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and Congress. Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades were actually implemented.

They took us from record surpluses to an exploding national debt; from over 22 million new jobs down to 5 million; from an increase in working family incomes of $7,500 to a decline of more than $2,000; from almost 8 million Americans moving out of poverty to more than 5 and a half million falling into poverty – and millions more losing their health insurance.

Now, in spite of all the evidence, their candidate is promising more of the same: More tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that will swell the deficit, increase inequality, and weaken the economy. More band-aids for health care that will enrich insurance companies, impoverish families and increase the number of uninsured. More going it alone in the world, instead of building the shared responsibilities and shared opportunities necessary to advance our security and restore our influence.

They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them four more. Let’s send them a message that will echo from the Rockies all across America: Thanks, but no thanks. In this case, the third time is not the charm.

It manages to hit on a few crucial points.

  1. Republican (in this case domestic) policies are extreme.
  2. In these past eight years, they had free reign to enact their ideas into policy. There are no excuses.
  3. It’s been an unmitigated disaster. Of truly epic proportions.
  4. They think this is great, and are telling you it is a great idea to keep them in charge.
  5. They are incapable of learning from their mistakes and the effects of their terribly misguided policy.
  6. Americans know better.


The rest of the speech is great, but I thought this part was particularly excellent in it’s succint and iluminating asswhoopery. Sonovabitch would still be president if there weren’t term limits*.

*I am not advocating we do away with two term limits. Simply making an observation.

EDIT- Screw it, one more awesome quote. Because it was that good.

People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example, than by the example of our power.


One Response

  1. That last quote honest-to-god brought tears to my eyes. Maybe I’m just getting weepy in my old age, but god damn.

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