I suspect the most effective part was near the beginning when he said no president could have turned around in four years the economy that President Obama inherited. He’s a great political litigator and although the speech went on way too long and was misleading on key questions, I like the instinct to make a wonky case for the president on substance (or at least to make a wonky rebuttal to the case against Obama on substance). I wish someone had given this sort of speech at the Republican convention, although shorter and more disciplined. As Clinton kept going, the speech took on the aspect of one of his kitchen-sink State of the Union speeches. I’m not sure how much it will help Obama and feel pretty certain that the second night of the convention was weaker than the first.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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