By Michael Barone, September 5, 2012 | 11:42 pm
The night belonged, clearly, to Bill Clinton. In the preceding hour we saw instant celebrity Sandra Fluke, a droning Costco exec and an Elizabeth Warren who to my surprise got weakening applause as she went on. Clinton spoke for nearly an hour, as he used to in State of the Union addresses, ad libbed and added new riffs to his text. He was plainly enjoying every minute.
What to make of Clinton’s speech. My reaction, as he went on, is that he was doing a repair job–and that he was trying to repair what the Obama strategists or Clinton himself think are Barack Obama’s weaknesses.
So he started off describing Obama as a compromiser, one who cooperates rather than reflexively opposing. Most of the rest of the convention proceedings and Team Obsma’s negative campaigning tend to undercut this claim. Obama’s unfavorable ratings have been going up. Both Clinton and Michelle Obama tried to get his favorables up. On this I think Michelle Obama had more success.