Masterful Bill Gets Convention on Track

Dem highlights also include best speech of Hillary's career
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 4:36 AM CDT
Former President Bill Clinton responds to the crowd as he speaks during the Democratic National Convention yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton has made the case for Barack Obama better than anybody else at the Democratic Convention, Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal. "Crazy, red-faced Rageholic" Bill was absent and in his place was a masterful statesman, who delivered a "great tee-up" up for Obama's acceptance speech tonight, where the choice of an outdoor venue could prove risky, Noonan notes.

Noonan's highlights of the convention so far:

  • Hillary Clinton making the best speech of her career;
  • Ted Kennedy's speech—a "masterpiece of generosity;"
  • Ted Strickland of Ohio's riff on the old 1988 joke that George H. W. Bush was "born on third and thought he hit a triple." Strickland quipped that George Jr. "was born on third and then stole second."