Bill Clinton makes the case for re-electing Barack Obama
Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer included a few slips of the tongue, one might find some points in it to quibble with, and there are some important issues it didn't address. But those are minor blemishes, especially given the usual quality of political speeches nowadays. Overall, Clinton delivered an impressively clear, cogently argued, and substantively informative explanation of what the last four years have been about and what is at stake in this year's presidential election ... and, in the process, he made the case for Obama's re-election more effectively and convincingly than Obama himself has managed to do it.
Now we're just a few days away from the election. So if you haven't heard Clinton's convention speech yet, this might be a good time to listen to it carefully ... and if you've already heard it, this might be a good time for a reminder of what this election is about. See below.
Jeff Weintraub is a social & political theorist, political sociologist, and democratic socialist who has been teaching most recently at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. Currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
(Also an Affiliated Professor with the University of Haifa in Israel & an opponent of academic blacklists.)