BASILE - Daily Caller-Obama v. Clinton Tension at DNC

On Wednesday evening, Bill Clinton will deliver a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention. The former president loves the limelight and ordinarily would relish every minute of what will surely be a hero’s return to the party he almost single-handedly saved from collapse 20 years ago. What will make the speech awkward is his task: to prop up a failing president who represents the opposite of what Clinton represents, in both style and substance.

After taking office, Clinton raised taxes on the middle class, failed to reform healthcare and went on to suffer the worst midterm defeat of any modern president up to that point. But by 1996, the “Comeback Kid” had bounced back. He’d successfully triangulated, opting to not only work with a Republican Congress, but shamelessly take credit for the success of their agenda.

Clinton became the champion of smaller government, welfare reform and balanced budgets. His 1996 speech was a litany of success stories, legislative victories and good news for Americans. He struck an inclusive tone, discussing “opportunity for all” and the need to “build a bridge to the 21st century.” It was as if 1993 and 1994 had never happened. Clinton was reinvented and re-elected.

Obama, by contrast, goes into his convention with an obstinacy that has become the hallmark of his presidency....READ THE REST

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