Dog day evening
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Dog day evening
So I had this really weird dream last night that it was 1997. Bill Clinton's speech last night was funny, folksy -- and at least 10 minutes way too long. Springsteen concerts can go for four hours. Political speeches? No so much. I think he did make the compelling case that on the economy, Obama's policies -- the ones that somehow weren't filibustered or roadblocked -- kept a recession from becoming a depression and won't pull us back to a dystopian future like those favored by Mitt Romney.
I thought the boldest passage was this one, even though it didn't get as much attention:
Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats.
He noted some instances of bi-partisan cooperation, and praised President George W. Bush for his AIDS programs in Africa, which was applauded by delegates. Then he added:
When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes. Unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn't see it that way. They think government is the enemy, and compromise is weakness.
That's a fundamental truth of today's politics. Those who try to analyze the current landscape and ignore it are doing us all a disservice.