2016 Elections

How Obama Learned to Speak Republican

His speech at the Democratic convention included one very shrewd tactic: reminding Republicans that Trump does not represent their ideals.

He offers Republicans a face-saving way to vote for Clinton.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republicans who look at the matter objectively must be watching the prime-time lineup at the Democratic National Convention with no small amount of envy. Whatever you think of the content of their speeches, the Obamas, Cory Booker, and Bill Clinton each have better delivery than anyone who spoke at the Republican convention last week -- in part because so many of the Republican Party’s top talents found pressing reasons to be elsewhere.

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