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President Clinton’s speech last night was amazing and really, there’s not much more I can say than that. If you missed it or want to see it again, I’ve posted the video below.

One thing that annoys the hell out of me is the way our punditry has to do its “procedural voyeurism” crap, pull Oz’s curtain aside and talk about why Clinton gave the speech: to preserve Hillary’s 2016 ambitions, to preserve his own legacy, to protect “the brand,” blah blah. God, that is so condescending to American viewers! It’s like saying, “Hey you rubes, here’s what’s really going on, you were just too stupid to get it.” A big chunk of the post-speech chatter on cable news was like this. I wish there had been more focus on what Clinton actually said.

Sigh.

What’s really funny is seeing the full meltdown last night’s speech caused in the right-wing propaganda machine. Charles Krauthammer called it a “giant swing and miss,” and “sprawling, undisciplined and truly self-indulgent.” Bwak. Reason’s Nick Gillespie got very shrill with his “Screw Clinton” headline. American Thinker gave it a “meh,” “Nice Try,” they carped. I believe this is what we call the “shitting bricks” portion of the conservative discourse.

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>President Clinton’s Jackson Day Speech

>It was an awesome evening, so glad I went, black eye and all!

Vibinc has video of the entire speech posted. Head over there and watch it, you will be glad you did.

I was struck once again by what an inspiring speaker Clinton is, how good he is at making his point without being mean or alienating people. Clinton said he understood why people were showing up at town hall meetings scared and angry, he didn’t attack them or call them stupid (and yes I’ve done that a-plenty).

I thought of Sarah Palin and her mean-spirited, snide RNC speech, where she sarcastically said being mayor of Wasilla was “a little like being a community organizer except I had actual responsibilities.” I thought of Pat Peale and her purple-heart Band-Aids distributed by long-time Republican Party activist Morton Blackwell.

The Republicans can be arrogant, even vicious, when the cameras are turned on. Clinton didn’t do that. Perhaps that’s why so many Americans liked him, and why he still gets under the skin of so many Republicans.

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