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Hillary Clinton: Pure, face-melting awesome.

August 26th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Politics

I have no idea where this version of HRC was during the primary, but she just blew the fucking roof off of the Democratic Convention. While Michelle Obama stood by with a tight-lipped grimace etched on her face and Bill Clinton sat there with a look of pure, shit-eating glee on his, Hillary Clinton delivered what I can only describe as one of the greatest political speeches I’ve ever seen.

If THIS Hillary Clinton had appeared during the primaries, she would have vaporized her competition. I honestly have no idea what happened to her over the past couple of months, but the change is nothing short of staggering. She was funny, concise, energetic, human, authentic, powerful and authoritative in ways that I have a hard time imagining Obama, Biden or even Bill Clinton himself matching in the coming days.

You have to wonder how many Democrats felt pangs of buyers’ remorse while watching her absolutely dominate this convention tonight. On a night otherwise filled with awkward mumbling about McCain’s “seven houses”, Hillary Clinton stood head and shoulders above the rest of her party in a way that will be extremely tough to match.

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  • 1 bw // Aug 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Really?

    She was pretty good, but she has such an artificial, always-shouting style that I have a hard time getting past that.

    She was certainly better than we remember her from the campaign trail, but it’s probably because this speech was not focus-grouped to death and analyzed by a large committee of overpaid consultants. Plus I think she benefits from this speech not totally contradicting the tone, persona and message of a speech she gave the day before.

    I was actually struck last night (as I struggled to stay awake) by how many wildly successful politicians are such unbelievably terrible public speakers. It really makes speeches that I would probably objectively assess as mediocre or just good look masterful by comparison. You would think that that would be a pretty important skill to have in that line of work.

  • 2 funtax // Aug 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I agree that she generally comes across as shrill and sing-songy, but last night she came across as genuine and authoritative in my view. She hit all of her marks with conviction and believability, but did so without sacrificing her own legitimacy as a force within the party.

    As far as I was concerned, Michelle Obama’s face told the tale. It’s less-than-secret that she hates Hillary and she was barely capabale of cracking a smile, even when Clinton complimented her directly. As Clinton’s speech progressed, Michelle’s grimace grew more and more severe - not because Hillary was grandstanding or undercutting party unity, but rather because it was clear that Clinton was delivering a hell of a speech that I honestly can’t imagine anyone except the most cynical or blindly loyal Obamaniac taking issue with.

    Last night was supposed to put Clinton out to pasture, but I think it likely did the opposite. An Obama campaign without her visible participation will be a mistake.

  • 3 bw // Aug 27, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Yeah, she will be useful to Obama, and I hope he sends her (but not Bill) out a lot this fall. And like I said, I have no problems with the speech, it was pretty good, but I didn’t see it as some sort of titanic speech in the annals of oratory, as the hype/overreaction machine seems to be portraying it (yesterday: Hillary is evil and vindictive! Hillary wants to destroy Obama! It’s all over! today: Hillary is the greatest president we never had! She’s so selfless! Obama will pale in comparison to her! It’s all over!). Of course, it will be remembered for the reception she got and the circumstances of the speech.

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