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Hillary Night

In her speech, as in her campaign, she backed into it – but she said the magic word: “Unity.”

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Hillary showed up and brought the house down. It had been slated to be The Grudge Match in Mile High City, but instead, it was a dazzling lesson in the art of fine wine making. In a riveting and historic speech, possibly the best of her career, Hillary Clinton gathered the sour grapes of her campaign, pressed and extracted their acidic disappointments, sweetened them with sisterly reflection, and distilled them into a sparkling champagne that got Democrats punch-drunk with unity.

Early on, it appeared that Hillary might actually be setting up for a grudge match with a rope-a-dope form of campaigning by referring to her list of reasons for seeking the Presidency and excluding all but one mentioning of Barack Obama. While exhilarated, the effusive crowd seemed collectively to be thinking, “Hillary, girlfriend, don’t make this all about you anymore.” As if telepathic, she quickly pivoted with, “Were you in this campaign just for me?” At that moment, her “me” became an ‘us” as she began to recite the reasons that all Democrats should support Barack Obama for President. She exerted a wide open appeal for party unity by convincing her apostles that by supporting Barack Obama, they, in fact, would be making history -- alongside her. It was a display of political brilliance that was powerful as hell and anyone who was persuadable was going to be persuaded.

Her defining of John McCain as an out-of-touch Bush clone was captivating. “With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart” was one of the most memorable lines that will surely be incorporated into a new ad. The speech exhibited a sincerity that, for whatever reason, had been repressed during the campaign. Finally, the pressure of walking on a tightrope had ended and the authentic, exuberant Hillary was revealed to the country.

Bill Clinton, as well as Chelsea, watched with expressions that exhibited both pride and pain simultaneously.

On Thursday night, President Clinton and Joe Biden are expected to give John McCain and the GOP the one-two punch. The former president and potential vice-president will be the Democratic Party’s Frazier and Ali. Democrats hope they will give a final sock to the jaw of disunity by delivering body blows to the Bush policies and to the potential for a continuation of the disastrous and ruinous last seven and half years of Republican governance.

The Dems drank Hillary’s sweet champagne last night and toasted party unity. Tonight, they will witness a heavyweight throwing leather for the country’s future.

Hillary showed up and brought the house down. It had been slated to be The Grudge Match in Mile High City, but instead, it was a dazzling lesson in the art of fine wine making. In a riveting and historic speech, possibly the best of her career, Hillary Clinton gathered the sour grapes of her campaign, pressed and extracted their acidic disappointments, sweetened them with sisterly reflection, and distilled them into a sparkling champagne that got Democrats punch-drunk with unity.

Early on, it appeared that Hillary might actually be setting up for a grudge match with a rope-a-dope form of campaigning by referring to her list of reasons for seeking the Presidency and excluding all but one mentioning of Barack Obama. While exhilarated, the effusive crowd seemed collectively to be thinking, “Hillary, girlfriend, don’t make this all about you anymore.” As if telepathic, she quickly pivoted with, “Were you in this campaign just for me?” At that moment, her “me” became an ‘us” as she began to recite the reasons that all Democrats should support Barack Obama for President. She exerted a wide open appeal for party unity by convincing her apostles that by supporting Barack Obama, they, in fact, would be making history -- alongside her. It was a display of political brilliance that was powerful as hell and anyone who was persuadable was going to be persuaded.

Her defining of John McCain as an out-of-touch Bush clone was captivating. “With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart” was one of the most memorable lines that will surely be incorporated into a new ad. The speech exhibited a sincerity that, for whatever reason, had been repressed during the campaign. Finally, the pressure of walking on a tightrope had ended and the authentic, exuberant Hillary was revealed to the country.

Bill Clinton, as well as Chelsea, watched with expressions that exhibited both pride and pain simultaneously.

On Thursday night, President Clinton and Joe Biden are expected to give John McCain and the GOP the one-two punch. The former president and potential vice-president will be the Democratic Party’s Frazier and Ali. Democrats hope they will give a final sock to the jaw of disunity by delivering body blows to the Bush policies and to the potential for a continuation of the disastrous and ruinous last seven and half years of Republican governance.

The Dems drank Hillary’s sweet champagne last night and toasted party unity. Tonight, they will witness a heavyweight throwing leather for the country’s future.

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