Matthews: Democrats put on best show in years

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Let me finish tonight with this.

“Bread and circuses.” That’s what politics has been all about from the days of the Romans. A good economy and a good show, good times and, yes, a spectacle, an irresistible event, Christians against the lions out there in the middle of the Coleseum.
The Big Arena with lots of lots of food waiting on the table back home. 

Tonight, the Democrats put on the best show they’ve had in years: Bill Clinton walks onto the stage of the Democratic National Convention and does what he does better than anyone I’ve ever seen. He will speak to the moment. He will know the mood of the room even as he enters it. He will address that mood like the aroma that comes with the morning coffee. He will “be” there and the thousands of others there will “feel” him there - just for them. 

Bill Clinton will go one-on-one with everyone watching and listening. He will resemble nothing so much as one of those old plastic Santa Claus masks that seem to follow you with their eyes, seem to be looking at you - YOU! - not anyone else. 

I said up front tonight, he goes by many names. “Elvis.” “Bubba.” “The Big Dawg.” And tonight he will be all of them. Most important of all, he will be there. 

He will be out there for Barack Obama and that will make all the difference, all the difference in the world. 

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Matthews: Democrats put on best show in years

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