Clinton’s speech, and others

She could hardly have been better. Schweitzer and Warner also score. Bob Casey gets off a nifty: McCain, given his 90% pro-Bush voting record makes him “Not a maverick, but a side-kick.”
Missing element: reciting specific bad actions by John McCain.

Maybe some of the hangers-on are playing for Barack Obama to lose this election, but Hillary Clinton is playing for him to win it. That was the speech of her liftime. “Were you in it for me?”

That’s three terrific speeches I counted in one night, though Hillary’s was incomparably the most important in terms of actually winning the election.

Brian Schweitzer showed that if you’re not irony-bound you can make the red-meat convention speech a kind of performance art, and Mark Warner gave a good, strong, well-reasoned speech to attract the swing voters, independents, and Republicans, knowing that Clinton was going to come in behind him to rally the base.

Schweitzer and Warner, like Pelosi, hit hard on “science,” which I think is a great theme for Democrats. Both are techno-optimists, which I think is good politics and often good policy. But “science” also stands for a government that fits policies to reality rather than spinning reality to fit ideological preconceptions.

Brian Schweitzer:

“The petro-dictators will never own American wind and sunshine.” Yes!

Mark Warner:

Since the rules of the Bloggers’ Guild requires that I find something to complain about, I have to add that the attacks on McCain have been, not too sparse or too tame, but not specific enough. Tying him to Bush is fine; nailing him with specifics is better.

The huge lost opportunity in that regard came from Lilly Ledbetter, the woman who won a pay-discrimination case at trial only to have the Supreme Court rule for her employer on the grounds that she should have sued within six months of the first act of discrimination, even though she didn’t find out about it until years later. Picking her to speak was an inspired idea, and none the worse for her somewhat halting delivery. But although Ledbetter criticized Senate Republicans generically for blocking the bill that would have eliminated that “timeliness” restriction (for some reason she didn’t use the word “filibuster”) and pointed out that Obama favored it, she didn’t point out that John McCain specifically opposed any change in the law on the grounds that it would encourage lawsuits.

Footnote Bob Casey gave a terrible speech, or maybe it was a good speech that he mangled in the delivery, but he had great line: after contrasting McCain’s claim to be a maverick with the fact that he has voted with Bush 90% of the time, Casey said, “That’s not a maverick; that’s a side-kick.” He spoiled the line by smirking afterwards, just like McCain does when he thinks he’s gotten off a nifty, but that doesn’t keep it from being a line worth repeating, and repeating, and repeating.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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  1. Time flies by so fast. Eight years have passed. During this time Hillary support Obama. Then now, Hillary loses the President seat. Yes I do agree, when the politician speak out, sometimes it can be interpreted into many ways and people like to accept it according to their opinion.In 2008 I support Obama, but also impressed with how great Hillary was in rallying behind Obama during that time of election.Behind her formal rival, the party is united.Now 2016, i support Hillary, but in the end, Trump win the POTUS seat.So the time is not coming yet, for the first female POTUS.Who ever win, i just hope Trump look into details about military sector… and also find a good solution to provide great for veterans that affected with the PTSD.I stated this issue because i do not want my friend who is ex-army commit suicide due to lot of despression after coming back from war zone.

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