"Actually doing the work is hard," Bill Clinton said. "You know, it's hard, and some people think it's boring."
That was the key thesis of his long, rambling, strangely compelling speech about his wife Tuesday night. All day, leaks suggested that Clinton was going to give a very personal speech about Hillary Clinton, rather than a wonky, policy-oriented one. And it wasn't a crazy idea. That, after all, is what the nominee's spouse normally does. And Bill is Hillary's spouse.
But I didn't believe he would do it. And of course he didn't do it.
It was the most policy-packed speech so far of either convention, ranging from early childhood education to the role of climate change in American foreign policy and everything in between.
But it was also a deeply personal speech. Because for Bill and Hillary Clinton, policy is deeply personal. David Brooks thinks Hillary should talk more about her hobbies to seem more human. Bill's mission was to make you believe that working to help solve policy problems is her hobby — and a very human one at that.
For Hillary, politics is a vocation. The genius of Bill's speech was to make it seem like a compelling one.