Hillary: 'No how. No way. No McCain.'

Democratic Convention
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., addresses the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

It took Hillary Clinton no time to make her peace:

“It is time to take back the country we love. And whether you voted for me or you voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose....

"No how. No way. No McCain."

She walked onto the stage for her moment in the spotlight in a blaze of color, orange. "She's no shrinking violet," my wife observed.

Then the senator from New York delivered a speech both classy and classic - summing up the challenges, reinforcing the objectives, name-checking the recently departed, referring to her supporters as "the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit."

She talked of health care, education, poverty, genocide, terrorism, global warming, and ending the war in Iraq, and then said, "I ran to stand up to those who have been invisible to our government for eight long years."

She emphasized that this race, while historic, was not about her.

Pointedly, she asked, "Were you in this campaign just for me, or were you in it for that young Marine?"

She advanced the week's theme of stitching John McCain to President Bush, saying it was appropriate that they'd be meeting next week in the Twin Cities, because these days "they're awfully hard to tell apart." That raised some noise.

And the noise only grew louder when she invoked Harriet Tubman who advised escaped slaves who were running for their lives and their freedom, "if you see the torches, keep going!"

The cameras kept finding the proud Bill Clinton, identified in a film that preceded Mrs.Clinton's speech with the rather anodyne, "Hillary's husband." This was a moment for her. And she turned it over to Obama.

The conventional hall sound system blasted bits of such anthems as "You Really Got Me Now," "American Girl" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way"  as Hillary Clinton approached the podium. To me, it sounded like "Come Together."