There was something for everyone on Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. For Democrats, there was the ever popular and infinitely watchable Bill Clinton. For Republicans, there was a loud and angry floor demonstration that drew attention to the fact that the anti-God wing of the Democratic party is in charge and that many rank-and-file Democrats want nothing more than to insult Israel, or worse.
Clinton was good. Frankly, I'm not part of the swooning class of commentators who think his speech was the best ever or that anything about it was particularly memorable. The most important thing Clinton did for the Democrats was save Wednesday from being, at best, flat, or, at worst, from being known as the day Democrats slammed the door on any suburban churchgoers who might vote for President Obama and on many friends of Israel.
The debacle of the Democrats being caught saying what they really think about God in public life and what they really think of Israel will last longer and be more relevant to voters’ decisions about Obama vs. Mitt Romney than anything the former president had to say.
The central message coming from this convention, including Clinton's speech, is a plea for more time. Yet there is no fresh offer of solutions or even an acknowledgment of what problems the president sees as his priorities for a second term. At least in Tampa the debt clock was front and center as a very real reminder of the growing fiscal and economic cancer we face. When the Democrats can't blast Romney and they have to talk about the future, the president and his team are stuck on tired platitudes about "fairness" and "investments."
The Democrats' idea bank is exhausted. They want to get out of Charlotte and resume their wild, negative attacks on Romney/Ryan. It is their only chance.