Let me finish tonight with some numbers.
Bill Clinton now has a 53 percent approval from political independents in the U.S. A 16 percent disapproval.
16 percent disapproval from Independents - this for a Democrat at a time the party is under hard assault.
There are reasons for this: Clinton is out of the line of fire, for one.
He's a reminder if a better economic time, for an important other.
Let me finish tonight with what President Clinton started with this morning. Actually let me be tougher than him. Let me put it on the line, straight from the shoulder.
First of all, get on the same page as the voter.
That was the big chunk of advice President Clinton gave his Democratic successor today, start feeling some that pain the people are feeling.
Voters are getting killed out there. People who've worked for decades have been laid off.
Let me finish with the fact that today, September 22, is the anniversary - now just one year shy of a half-century - of Congress approving the US Peace Corps.
Ask anyone who's volunteered and they'll tell you it was the opportunity of their life - the moment they broke out of their world - into a larger one, when they came face to face - on the other side of the globe - with a very different human experience.
Let me finish tonight with a thought about the challenge facing the Republican Party. That challenge is Sarah Palin. There is no doubt in the world that she leads a powerful political movement in this country or that she carries tremendous clout in terms of picking Republican candidates. When she speaks, she carries weight. If she endorses, it's like a shot of adrenaline in a campaign.But what about Sarah Palin herself. What about her as a candidate for the national office - either president or vice president - or in a major cabinet post like secretary of state or defense? There's the rub. read more
Let me finish tonight with perhaps the most important political event happening right now.
I'm referring to the peace talks in the Mideast. If we get peace over there, if we settle the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, if we get a two-state solution that protects Israel's security and gives national respect to the Palestinians, it could have historic benefits for our own country.
Let me finish tonight with a question. Just where do you think this explosion of voter anger we saw last night in Delaware - and have seen growing in voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Alaska, and in just about every poll across the country - is going to take us?
Let me finish tonight with the question of open service in the U.S. military.
I think "don't ask, don't tell" was probably destined to be an intermediate solution in the debate between those who supported and those who opposed open service. The premise was that a gay person would agree to a strange compact on joining the military services. A gay person would be allowed to serve as other Americans but only if he or she didn't say they were gay, if they didn't declare their sexual orientation in some other direct way.
Let me finish tonight with something good that came of this book-burning craziness and the now-related issue of the New York Islamic center.
This Saturday, I stood facing Philadelphia's Independence Hall as a group of Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders prayed from their religious texts in a spirit of inter-religious tolerance.
Let me finish tonight with a salute to the new Obama political strategy...
For two years, the President avoided attacks on the Republicans. He had promised to stay above the pettier forms of partisan politics and he stuck to it.
Let me finish tonight with some things the president said today in Cleveland.
It was a partisan speech, as a president can be expected to give in a tough election season. But deep in his message today was the heartbeat of the campaign that won him the White House.
"Although we are proud to be Democrats, we are prouder to be Americans.”
Let me finish tonight with the need for an Obama shake-up.
I said on Friday that President Obama needs to bring in Hillary Clinton as defense chief to give his defense department a clear Democratic lead, bolster his Middle East Peace deal - which could make this administration - and also strengthen, let's admit it, the Obama-Clinton coalition, which is the very heart of this administration.
Let me finish tonight with a plan to strengthen America's ability to solve its problems. It's tough and it's watertight.
President Obama has many strengths as this country's head of state. He is clear-minded, gifted in intellect, artful in presenting issues and his vision of leadership.
However, these past two years have been a shakedown cruise. We have seen the weaknesses in the ship of state. It's come time for the shake-up.
Let me finish tonight with the dire political future facing the Democrats two months from now.
Here it is straight from the shoulder. No bedside manner. Strictly Hardball.
It looks like the Republicans are going to win control of the U.S. government next January. If they win the House of Representatives, that's enough. They'll control tax policy, spending policy, overall fiscal policy, trade policy, and they'll control the power of subpoena. They can push tax cuts up to the hilt, and launch endless investigations of the administration.
Let me finish tonight with the politics of this November.
If the Republicans want to roll up the score, they're on the right path. Energized by the tea party grassroots, driven by a nasty economy and by a ferocious propaganda campaign that paints the Democrat in the White House as a terrorist sympathizer, they can just keep doing what they're doing: shouting anger about unemployment, government spending and national debt all the while praising the Lord.
Just sell how bad things are and the joys of deliverance, first by them, later by faith to heaven.
The people who had their hearts set on this war didn't really care what arguments would get us into it. They just wanted in.
They tried connecting it to 9/11. Again and again, they tried that, failing each time.
They tried connecting it to the anthrax that was mailed to Tom Brokaw and Tom Daschle.
They tried connecting it the African country of Niger where they said Saddam had tried to buy uranium. The president told that to us in a State of the Union, he and vice president Cheney deliberately overruling evidence to the contrary.