Bill Clinton delivered a 48 minute speech last night, longer than any other prime time speakers we've seen at either party's convention this year. But it was only half the time he spent speaking at the 1996 convention.
Former president Bill Clinton is speaking at the Democratic National Convention tonight, and is sure to spark a lot of commentary about the contrast between the economic boom times of the Clinton administration and the stop and start recovery of the past four years. But what actually was Clinton's economic record?
The general pattern in Patrick's speech is that he overreached in trying to indict Romney's record but generally told the truth when bragging about his own. What's going on here, basically, is that Massachusetts is an extraordinarily well-run state.
Republican and Democratic party conventions are no longer quite as important as they used to be--they're now little more than four-day scripted commercials. And yet, says historian Julian Zelizer, they still matter quite a bit, and can often change the course of political history in unexpected ways.
Romney didn't lie last night. Every one of his claims was true as he phrased it. But a viewer could be forgiven for thinking that poverty and inflation have been at unprecedented highs under Obama. They haven't.