Tonight at the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton is expected to try to make the economic case that we need to give President Obama four more years for his economic plan to work. Leaving aside the fact that beyond a "soak the rich" mentality (which simple math shows will hardly put a dent in the national debt, now over $16 TRILLION), I'm not really sure what Obama's plan is.
The mantra we've been hearing at the DNC is that it took more than four years to get into this mess, Obama needs more time to get us out. One of the more obvious problems I see is that the situation is getting worse, not better, by many yardsticks, the national debt and unemployment being a few. But let's harken back to the standards Obama set for himself at the start:
“I will be held accountable,” Obama said. “I’ve got four years and … A year
from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some
progress, but there’s still going to be some pain out there … If I don’t have
this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
That was then, this is now.
Clint Eastwood's speech at the RNC was wandering at best, but he had one point dead on: If the guy you hired to do the job isn't doing it, you get someone else.
I'm sure I'm not the only person to wonder how many people will remember Obama's position on his own prospects for a second term some years ago.
I also wonder, though, if the Democrats choice of Bill Clinton to try to remind people of the 'good old days' under Democratic leadership may badly backfire, given the economic juxtaposition between the Clinton and Obama years. It would be one thing if Obama was not running as a sitting president with almost four years under his belt.
UPDATED 9/6/12 7:00 am: Well, former President Clinton went on for almost 50 minutes last night. I presume they gave him 20 or 30. But with Bill, it's always about him. Clinton piled on Romney last night and made a lot of claims, both about his days as president, and what's happened under the current president. How much of that was true? Well, in some respects, not a whole lot.