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A Fine Speech That Didn’t Close the Deal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 7th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

A Fine Speech That Didn’t Close the Deal
Joe Klein, Time
The President gave a fine speech Thursday night. His vision of the country is much closer to the place where I live"“and I daresay where most Americans live"“than Mitt Romney's. It is an America that includes truck drivers and teachers and auto workers as well as Romney's beloved entrepreneurs. Obama laid out the case against Romney's constricted vision in a very effective way: "If you have a cold, they say take two tax cuts and roll back some regulations and see us in the morning."He was, of course, defter, funnier, more…

Bob Woodward’s Devastating Account of Obama
Conn Carroll, Examiner
The book recounts Obama's troubled relationship with Congress, from his inauguration through last summer's failed debt-limit negotiations, with Woodward concluding, "It is a fact that President Obama was handed a miserable, faltering economy and faced a recalcitrant Republican opposition. But presidents work their will "” or should work their will "” on important matters of national business. ."‰."‰. Obama has not."

Cleaning Up the Economy
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was a remarkable combination of pretty serious wonkishness — has there ever been a convention speech with that much policy detail? — and memorable zingers. Perhaps the best of those zingers was his sarcastic summary of the Republican case for denying President Obama re-election: “We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough. So fire him and put us back in.”