"The Clinton Magic"
In a sweeping, sprawling, drawling 48-minute stemwinder of a speech last night, the former President of the United States drove a rhetorical truck through the biggest opening that Mitt Romney and the Republicans created for Democrats last week.
~ Ross Douthat on The New York Times
"Bill Clinton, the reverse Clint Eastwood?"
~ Headline on CNN
I would recommend to my friend Paul [Begala] here, tonight when everybody leaves, lock the doors. You don't have to come back tomorrow. This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably re-elected Barack Obama. Bill Clinton saved the Democratic Party once, it was going to far left, he came in, the new democrats took it to the center. He did it again tonight.
~ CNN Republican Pundit Alex Castellanos via Crooks and Liars
I always figured that if Bill Clinton landed on Mars. He would know how to do it with them. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He would just instinctively know how to talk to people. They would be laughing in about five minutes. The Martians.
~ Chris Matthews of MSNBC in a cosmic swoon over Bill Clinton
[Clinton's Speech] was like the FDR administration, in the sense that it went on a very long time, the Democrats loved it, and when it was over you had no recollection of what life had been like without it.
It was too big to fail. It was almost too big to check. It would be like fact checking a century. At dawn tomorrow, I am going to see the factcheckers off on their long voyage into miles and miles of wild, verdant speech. I expect them to write me every month to offer an update on their progress. Perhaps they will return by 2016 with a report.
~ Alexandra Petri on Washington Post
"Clinton’s Speech: The Power of a Hug"
A subtext of the address was that, just like Bill Clinton, wavering voters need not love Obama to understand that he’s a better choice than Romney. When the two Presidents came together and hugged after the speech was (finally) over, the distance between them made their embrace all the more powerful.
~ Ryan Lizza on The New Yorker
"Bill Clinton's masterclass teaches the Republicans and the British Right a lesson"
. . . Clinton struck an important blow. He put the Republicans down, not with a withering assault but by sounding reasonable. He pretended to rise above the fray while taking apart his opponents.
~ Iain Martin on The Telegraph UK
Clinton evoked nothing more than a country lawyer earnestly trying to save his client, and willing to exhaust every argument at his disposal to do it. He seemed as if he would not rest until he had you on his side, and while he was having fun and hamming it up, there was an undisguised earnestness that forced you to actually consider what he was saying.
"Folks, whether the American people believe what I just said or not may be the whole election," Clinton said. "I just want you to know that I believe it. With all my heart, I believe it."
A few minutes after Clinton was finished, a spokesman for the Romney campaign delivered its response: ""President Clinton drew a stark contrast between himself and President Obama tonight." He did nothing of the sort, of course. But the point was, the GOP knew it wouldn't get far taking on Clinton. Instead, the Republicans could only hope he was so good at pumping up Obama that Obama might pale in comparison. In its way, that was the greatest tribute of all.
~ Molly Ball on The Atlantic
Bill Clinton should be the Secretary of Explaining Things.— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) September 6, 2012
Paul Ryan gave a speech filled with lies. Romney gave a speech without specifics. Bill Clinton gave a speech with facts. The truth hurts.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 6, 2012
Conservatives fact-check Bill Clinton's speech, say it bears no resemblance to their fantasy world #DNC2012— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 6, 2012
In one night, Bill Clinton single-handedly destroyed Romney, Ryan and the entire Republican obstructionist machine. #Forward2012— Sabine Mariano (@TweetEverstrong) September 6, 2012
Bill Clinton at #DNC2012: “We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle-down.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 6, 2012
I would like Bill Clinton to explain Quantum physics, Ulysses, and American Horror Story to me.— Burp de Puke (@pukeburp) September 6, 2012
If Bill Clinton delivered my eulogy I would wake the hell back up.— Paula Pell (@perlapell) September 6, 2012