Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden acknowledges the crowd before speaking at the DNC. (Photo credit: AP)
The Delaware senator has accepted the nomination, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells the convention in Denver.
Obviously, Bill Clinton is a nightmare to us Republicans and he just gave a great speech at the Democratic National Convention.
He laid out certainly the fall campaign, but I have to say that just because he said he was a good commander-in-chief does not make it so.
Clinton also tried to compare criticisms of Obama's inexperience to what he faced in 1992. But at the time people were criticizing him when he was running, he had been a governor for 12 years. He had a very strong resume and was a nationally known Democrat.
I think the bottom line is he gave great lines, but that does not give Obama the Commander-in-chief credibility.
He has to prove it himself
DENVER (CNN) - John McCain has decided on his running mate and will officially reveal his pick Friday in Ohio, multiple sources tell CNN.
A knowledgeable Republican source says there was a big meeting of McCain's advisors today that helped settle the matter.
As John Kerry fulminates over supposed attacks by Republicans on Democrats' patriotism, I might remind readers that it was Bill Clinton who seemed to call into Obama's love of country when he said on the campaign trail in Charlotte, North Carolina:
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”
Bill Clinton acknowledges the crowd before speaking at the DNC. (Photo credit: AP)
Sure, Clinton was eloquent, but he also made an important political point that may serve as a guide to his fellow Democrats.
Watch: Bill Clinton's entire speech
John McCain is running as a maverick, someone who has defied the orthodoxy of this party. But look at this passage from Clinton's speech:
"As a Senator, he has shown his independence on several issues. But on the two great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American Dream and how to restore America's leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years, a philosophy we never had a real chance to see in action until 2001."
In other words, it's one thing to be a maverick on issues like campaign finance and immigration, but on the issues that matter to most people, McCain is a classic Bush Republican. I don't know if voters will accept this argument, but Clinton, as usual, made a clever and possible case.
DENVER (CNN) - John Kerry gave the speech Democrats wish he had given at his own convention four years ago. It was very tough: "how dare they..." suggest who is a patriot and who isn't. The surprise guest: Barack Obama's uncle, a World War II hero.
Bill Clinton delivered the best, most effective and most important speech since he left the White House. Not only did he offer up a rousing embrace of the Obama-Biden team, not only did he validate the qualifications and readiness of the Democratic ticket, but he was the first one at this convention to paint a bright, clear picture of the crucial choices voters face this November.
Next week, we will hear a strong - and perhaps equally compelling - rebuttal from the Republicans. Everyone will want to weigh the arguments carefully.
But for the moment, the Democrats have the public stage, and Bill Clinton has just become a crucial force on behalf of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Finally, let me recognize that I am only a single person speaking. The people who count the most are really you, the voters. Would welcome your thoughts.
DENVER (CNN) - They played Bill Clinton's signature 1992 song as he walked into the convention center in 2008. The refrain: "Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow."
The other part of that refrain sticks out tonight: "Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone."
Bill Clinton, not known for his self control, is still not over it.
It's been reported that he still resents the suggestion from Obama supporters that he played the race card during the rough and tumble Democratic primary. Perhaps that explains why, last week, he applauded John McCain's energy plan. Yesterday, Bill Clinton seemed to imply that voters could be forgiven for voting for a candidate they only agreed with fifty percent of the time, if they believed he was the candidate who could get things done. Could he have meant John McCain?
And now there are reports that Clinton, Bill that is, plans on skipping Obama's historic speech tomorrow at Invesco Field.
Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech tonight. That's not in question. It's what he's grumbling to his inner circle and coyly suggesting in unscripted remarks that's causing headaches - not to mention what can only be considered a Clinton-sized snub tomorrow night.
But is it all Clinton's fault? Barack Obama has not been exactly gracious about his predecessor's political accomplishments. Indeed, he told the Rena Gazette-Journal:
"I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not."
In one line, Obama managed to diminish Clinton's genuine political accomplishments and compare him to perhaps the most hated figure in the Democratic Party - behind George W. Bush.