In his interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Romney praised the Wednesday night speech by the Democratic ex-president, which ridiculed Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on issues ranging from fiscal policy to Medicare.
"He did stand out in contrast with the other speakers; I think he really did elevate the Democrat convention in a lot of ways," Romney said. "And, frankly, the contrast may not have been as attractive as Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who'd go before him and who'd go after."
Clinton's speech was regarded as one of the highlights of the Democratic convention; he formally nominated President Obama for a second term, and his folksy speech built up the current president while simultaneously taking Romney to task. But as Romney suggested, Clinton's speech drew as much interest as Obama's among political observers, and Romney seemed to suggest the former president even overshadowed the current one.
Think about that for a second. Rmoney just got showed up at his own coming-out party by an empty chair, gets barely a dead-cat bounce in the polls from it, and after a substantially more successful and well-received Democratic convention, the best he can do is try some passive-aggressive comparison between Cinton and Obama? It's a piss-poor, half-assed attempt to try to paint Obama as some hardcore lefty, and came off as such.
Especially considering the Republicans' own most recent White House occupants were nowhere to be found, it speaks volumes that the current ticket is left scrambling, preferring to find ways to tie themselves to Bill Clinton, somehow, some way, than to even bother mentioning He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, lest eight sordid years of monkeyfuckery be revisited.
Fun observations from the interview and panel discussion:
- The "Juntos Con Romney" strategically hovering over Mittford's shoulder reminds me of the old "Juntos Pedemos" signs from the Jorge Arbusto years. Good times.
- Good thing they got Sportin' Life Bill Bennett to explain values and shit. What's the over/under on him trying to pick the pulled pork out of his teeth with Julian Castro?
- Apparently Chuck Todd is cutting his own hair these days.