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Hillary's Last Bash

At noon on Tuesday, two young men walked onto the podium at the Democratic National Convention carrying four women's suit jackets -- red, orange, light blue and teal -- and holding each one up to the lights to see which would look best in the hall.

It was Hillary Clinton's night, and nothing was being left to chance.

Would she go with the orange or red, colors that attract attention? Or the blue or green, which have calming properties?

Nine hours later, Clinton emerged on the podium -- in vibrant orange.

The thousands of delegates and spectators in the hall -- even the Obama supporters -- raised white Hillary signs. The loudspeakers played her old campaign theme, "Yes, she can change the world." And Clinton earned adoring cheers, cries of "we love you" and more than a few tears as she recalled her campaign and her "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits." A video preceding her speech identified Bill Clinton only as "Hillary's Husband."

The nomination may belong to Barack Obama, but Hillary Clinton owned the convention hall Tuesday night.

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | August 27, 2008; 12:00 AM ET
 
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