Good evening, HuffPo readers. We are at the DNC in Denver, Colorado, and right now, we've got one of tonight's key events: Bill Clinton's address at the convention delegation, which tonight includes the Greatest Of All Time, Muhammad Ali. Did you know he presided over the greatest economic expansion in the twentieth century?
Well, now he's out on stage to tell us all about it, and hopefully about maybe this dude his wife nominated this afternoon. (Incredible visual there, by the way. Hillary made me believe in the passion of parliamentary procedure. Again, I mean. I love me some cloture votes!)
Adulation is long and frenzied. American flags waving. Bill asks the crowd to sit down, but of course, it's part of the show.
"I am here first, to support Barack Obama...and second I'm here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden." Already warm.
"I love Joe Biden and America will too," so, a blurb to Joe. "I am proud of [Hillary]." Blurb for HRC.
"She told us in no uncertain terms that she intends to do all she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually, that makes eighteen million of us."
Now we get to the "here's why."
1) Economy is ass over teakettle.
3) Global warming
4) Lack of diplomacy
5) The HOUSE BUNNY actually getting good reviews.
This is the tricky part: Bill Clinton's eight years of experience "has convinced [him] that Obama is the right man for the job." Transference of experience. That's the dance folks. But I know there's many out there that want to Bush administration savaged.
"The long hard primary tested and strengthened him, and his first presidential decision, selecting a running mate, he hit it out of the park." So, alls forgiven on that Presidential Seal thingy? FISA also not so much. Guess that counts as a Senatorial decision.
Clinton says that Obama is ready to protect the United States and be President. That's the shibboleth the media's been craving.
Apparently President Obama will be assisting the Clinton Global Fund.
A long paragraph on the GOP is coming up, folks. The short version: the Republicans screwed workers, screwed families, screwed military families, broke the Army, tortured, shunned science, Katrina, cronyism. Boos rain down. "Are these the family values the Republicans are so proud of?" Clinton stokes the fire. "America can do better than that, and Barack Obama will."
Now, McCain is about to get his. Clinton does his feint at post-partisanship. "[McCain] loves this country every bit as much we do." But: "He still embraces the extreme philosophy his party for more then 25 years." And here's the critical part: "...a philosophy that we never really had a chance to see in action until 2001...Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades were implemented."
"In this case, the third time was not the charm."
Now we build the bridge to the 21st century: "Together we prevailed in a campaign in which the Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be Commander-in-Chief. Sound familiar?"
Rhetorically, Clinton does a mashup of that bridge to the 21st century and the "more perfect union." Then he hits the crowd with the Place Called Hope, and we're out.
Difficult test for Clinton, of course. The bar is basically that Clinton has got to make the case for Obama and make a full-throated endorsement. Hillary gives better "full-throated," I think. But Clinton had a lot of dots to connect. Carville, naturally says it's genius.
Seth Colter Walls quips that Beth Robinson now has the crappiest speaking slot at the convention. CNN bills her as "stay at home mom" on the screen. She's a "come to the convention mom" actually!