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Predictions Of The Night

1. Hillary Clinton will give a warm, gracious, effective speech
urging her supporters to get behind Obama, and expertly contrasting the
GOP approach to the economy with Obama's suggested approach. It will be
the best speech of the convention, with the possible exception of
Obama's on Thursday night.

2. The media will go completely crazy
for Hillary's speech. James Carville and Paul Begala and Chuck Schumer
will be on television talking about how great Hillary Clinton is, and
how she really, truly wants the Democratic party to unite. 
Remember that debate she had with Obama a few months back, where after
a particularly nasty stretch of her campaign, she closed the evening
with a warm tribute to her opponent and the entire process? And
remember how after her strange and not-so-generous June 3 speech, in
which she conceded nothing and further riled up her supporters, she
dropped out three days later and gave Obama a nice endorsement? Well,
after a period where her husband has been acting up, and some Obama
supporters feel she has been too tepid in supporting their candidate the Democratic nominee, expect Clinton to respond powerfully. 

For
some reason I am reminded of that Winston Churchill quote about
Americans: To paraphrase, they always do the right thing after
exhausting all other options. Readers can make up their own minds about
the degree of calculation involved in the Clinton case; however,
Churchill's dig was not about American cynicism.

--Isaac Chotiner 

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