Perhaps I shouldn’t write about HIllary’s speech last night to the Democratic National Convention as I had other obligations.Â From what I’ve read in the blogopshere, most seem to regard it as a good speech which did what she needed to do, both to help her party’s nominee and to lay the groundwork for her expected 2012 bid for the White House.
description of Barack Obama. What kind of man is he? One who supports the same positions she does. Has she looked deep into his heart and found something worthy? No evidence here that she had. Would he be a good commander-in-chief? Not a word on that, as the McCain campaign quickly and gleefully noted.
With this speech, she can now “tell Obamaites that she made the case for Obama and brought the convention cheering to its feet. She can say that she told her supporters in the most explicit language possible to work hard for his election.”
But, I doubt it will do much to win over some of the most diehard Obama supporters, many of whom hate her.Â Indeed, as I’ve learned in researching my posts earlier this year on the Democratic contest (and reading our comments section), even talking to Democratic friends and family members (at least two of whom voted for Obama not soÂ much because they liked him, but because they wanted to defeat her), the former First Lady has many enemies within her own party.
There’s something else. While people praised her delivery, the speech lacked the poetry and the passion of her recent rival’s addresses. Indeed, shat struck me in watching the few clips of the speech I did see was how wooden were her gestures and how flat her voice. Â Unlike her husband, she doesn’t have a great range of intonation.Â If she wants to do better in ’12, she’ll have to work on that in the next four years.
In reading the speechÂ I was struck with how, well, how Clintonian it was.Â Barone called itÂ “carefully tailored” while Rich Lowry imagined “Bill and Hillary, when the speech was being drafted, putting the stuff about Obama on a scale, and calibrating it word for word, syllable by syllable, until they had reached the perfect bare minimum about Obama.”
UPDATE: Â Calling Hillary’s speech, “the best of her career,” Peggy Nooan writes that toward “Obama she was exactly as gracious as she is capable of being.” Â As with anything by this gifted columnist, just read the whole thing.