He should have begun the speech, "My name is Bill and I am a scandaholic."
Bill reminded people not of the salad days of the 1990s but of sleaze. He reminded us of parents who had to explain fellatio to their child, way before they wanted. He reminded us of the way he publicly humiliated her. He reminds us that his presidency was like Seinfeld -- a show about nothing.
He also underscored how Hillary did not make it on her own. She got the job by marrying him. That was the plan all along. There was no glass ceiling for her. Between the White House and Little Rock, she spent more than two decades living the pampered life of a first lady. The one job she held at the Rose Law firm came because her husband was attorney general at the time.
She has accomplished nothing on her own. She is the antithesis of Melania Trump, who made it as a model long before she met him. She made him wait about seven years before marrying.
Bill Clinton's testimonial to his wife also reminded people of his 1988 DNC performance, in which he went on and on and ended the speech nowhere. His speech last night was panned on the right and the left because it focused not on issues but on her and him.
From Rachel Maddow:
I think the beginning of the speech was a controversial way to start, honestly, talking about the girl, a girl, leading with this long story about him being attracted to an unnamed girl and thinking about whether he was starting something he couldn’t finish, building her whole political story, for the whole first half of the speech around her marriage to him. I think, unless there were worries that this is going to be too feminist a convention, that was not a feminist way to start. But the end of the speech was really good. I’ve got to say, the top of the speech I found shocking and rude.From Jonah Goldberg:
Yeah, I get it. Bill needed to “humanize” his wife as all the instant-analysts say. But that seemed to be his whole goal here. And that was a wasted opportunity. The simple fact is that everyone expects husbands to speak well of their wives — even Bill Clinton. That was a box he could have checked in 10 minutes of his speech. Instead, he took the 9,072 minutes of his speech (by my rough estimate) reading Hillary Clinton’s C.V. The biggest problem is that the more he talked the weirder it was that he didn’t address the elephant(s) in the room. This is not a great marriage by any normal person’s definition, unless you measure them almost solely on the metric of political success.Yes, there is the abnormality of their marriage. Let us think of the lucky two they did not marry. Bill and Hilary wanted to change the world when they married. They did. And the world is the worse for it.
This speech showed why America should not give them another chance.
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