Bill Clinton’s DNC speech as ‘explainer in chief,’ ‘it takes some brass,’ and more [AM Briefing]

“Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments — the explainer in chief. . . And off Clinton went in his classic style: the “country boy from Arkansas,” who was rambling yet focused and methodical, embroidering his text with folksy asides, getting the crowd to cheer even budget numbers and statistics. He went long, and they wanted him longer,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton takes on Paul Ryan’s Medicare lies: ‘It takes some brass.’ (ThinkProgress)

Bill Clinton’s DNC speech: Trust me, the jobs are coming: “Bill Clinton offered a brilliant and detailed defense of Barack Obama’s record on economic policy tonight. The speech was long and had almost bizarre levels of detail on job training, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare reform, and most every other major area of the federal budget,” writes Josh Barro. (Bloomberg)

“All I can say is this: If Democrats can make every undecided voter sit down and watch Bill Clinton’s speech, this thing is over,” says CAP’s Matt Miller. (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: Bill Clinton urged Americans last night to give President Barack Obama another four years to turn the tide on the country’s economic downturn. Did Clinton make a compelling case?  Or will his point of view have little impact on the presidential race? (Politico)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Four more years of the same thing? (National Review)

Romney for recovery by Condoleezza Rice, James A. Baker, George P. Shultz and Henry A. Kissinger: (Washington Times)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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