Rich Galen

The notion that the Obama campaign feels so impotent that Obama had to call on Bill Clinton to prop him up is, at a minimum, embarrassing and, at a maximum, a declaration of surrender.

Clinton held forth for about 50 minutes. Way past the 11 PM deadline but Clinton knew the networks weren't going to cut away from him.

It wasn't that Clinton spoke for so long. Not counting Fidel Castro, Clinton is the man most likely to overstay his welcome on any stage on the planet Earth.

It was that Barack Obama, President of the United States, had to hide behind the curtain and wait for Clinton to finish so he - Obama - could have his picture taken with him - Clinton.

I tweeted during Clinton's speech

Clinton is so good that Obama is shrinking right before our eyes. And he's not even in the hall yet.

Clinton was upstage facing the audience and the cameras. Obama was downstage. Hidden.

Now you know where the phrase "He was upstaged" comes from.

Clinton is great at this stuff. He is the best at giving that kind of speech of anyone I have ever heard in my, now, very long career.

By the time you read this on Friday morning the August unemployment number will have been announced. I don't know whether it will go up or down, but I do know it will be above 8 percent.

The Obama campaign knows it is in trouble. It has outspent the campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney by something like $100 million and they are tied nationally, and essentially tied in the 12 battleground states.

Even Bill Clinton may not be able to bail Obama out.

This entire administration has been an unforced error.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at