Clinton's Cannonball Run

How Clinton and the Democrats plan to nail down another victory

Chicago may be the Windy City, but you wouldn't know it from the gentle rhetorical breezes wafting through the United Center, the arena that housed the Aug. 26-29 Democratic National Convention. In place of gusty oratory from podium-thumping pols, television viewers saw a feel-good production designed more for empathy than raw politics. Often, delegates sat transfixed before giant television screens, watching a procession of "real people" tell their stories of caring, community, and triumph over tragedy. For many, this emotional rite eased memories of Chicago '68, a convention torn by division. Instead of tear gas, Chicago '96 saw cleansing tears.

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