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Live from DNC: The Big Dawg Delivers

Bill Clinton's speech last night reminded us why Democrats love him and Republicans hate him.

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Taylor Marsh

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August 28, 2008 - 9:43 am
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I wonder how many Clinton haters needed smelling salts, besides Andrew Sullivan, after William Jefferson Clinton got through with his speech last night. It’s certain the right-wing smear merchants that have tried so hard for so long to keep him down didn’t know what to do. Because when he showed up on the Pepsi Center stage, what he delivered what had to come as quite a shock.

“I am honored to be here tonight to support Barack Obama. And to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden, though as you’ll soon see, he doesn’t need any help from me. I love Joe Biden, and America will too.” — William Jefferson Clinton

Compliments of the traditional media and the Clinton haters sucking up the rumors for weeks, all we’ve been hearing about is that Bill Clinton was told what to say, how long he could talk about it, and that it had been difficult for the Clintons and the Obamas to make it happen. The fantasy feud between the two Democratic camps that now exist within the Democratic Party has been topic one on page one across this country for weeks. Following up after Hillary’s tour de force, last night whatever was left went poof!

Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she’ll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually that makes 18 million of us — because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November. — William Jefferson Clinton

That is, when people weren’t conjuring up stories about mythical political packs of people who, as far as I’ve been able to see, don’t exist in any numbers whatsoever. In fact, I’ve not seen any numbers of the unhinged fringe anywhere. My husband, who came with me to Denver via a road trip we took here, counted exactly 8 of the unhinged fringe variety yesterday meandering in what was supposed to be their idea of a demonstration outside the convention center where Hillary released her delegates. Eight. Pathetic stragglers looking for their purpose that was nowhere to be found.

Political drama puts eyes on the page, viewers watching your station, people gossiping about something that teases trouble. First, Hillary’s speech was a worry. People said she wasn’t ready. Could she give it and support Obama? What would happen if she didn’t? Then came Bill. What would he say? Because we all know he didn’t think Obama was ready, while Bill wasn’t ready to pass the presidential torch. Blah-blah-blah. It evaporated with the first words of the Big Dawg’s last night, which was backed up by an unequivocal case for the presidency of Barack Obama.

Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world. Ready to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States. — William Jefferson Clinton

The man knows how to bring it and last night he did and didn’t stop until he walked off the stage.

It’s the reason when he first appeared the crowd went nuts and he couldn’t shut them up.

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