The Good Clinton with the Bad Clinton

27 Aug

Michael Crowley spots what’s missing from Hillary’s speech.

As commenters are noting, and a McCain statement issued shortly after Hillary finished, she did not take the preparedness question head on. Apart from that, though, she did about what I (ahem) predicted she would: Make a strong case against McCain–and not heap so much praise upon Obama as to seem transparently insincere. As Ben Smith puts it: “Clinton did little to sell Obama’s personal characteristics, his qualities or ability as commander in chief. She mentioned Obama 12 times, McCain 12 times.”

And here’s the upside to her failure to declare Obama “ready on day one”: It sets up Bill for a chance to do it tomorrow. Stay tuned…

And, it’s possible to strike the sentences mentioning Obama, and have a Clinton acceptance speech.

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