Convention Speeches: His and Hers

The cliché question of the day is whether Bill Clinton’s speech this evening will somehow overshadow Hillary’s uplifting call to unity last night.

But that question misunderstands the his-and-hers moment. Their speeches will follow a pattern, logical if not seamless.

She spoke about the imperative to elect a Democratic president; he will talk about what a Democratic president can do.

The latter is a topic that permits him to discuss the achievements of his eight years in office as well as the promise of an Obama administration. The idea is to lend sinew and substance to what many Clintonites worried—until Senator Clinton spoke—would be a wispy, issue-free convention.