Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Happiness at Clinton HQ

Clinton appearing soon?

Happiness at Clinton HQ

9:30 p.m.
 
Strains of the "Rocky" theme.  Is Clinton about to come out? 
 
9:29 p.m.
CNN political reporter Candy Crowley just longs for her own bed, she just told me during a break at CNN's camera position on the balcony.
She and the crew will be working till 1 am, so there's no chance that she'll follow Clinton to her next stop, Indiana. Crowley says she'll pick up again later. And for the record, Crowley did not vote in the primary. She's registered in Maryland as an independent.
 
9:16 p.m.
 
The 55-to-45 ratio is good enough for this crowd, as cheers begin whenever CNN shows it.
 
9:12 p.m.
 
I scan the crowd from the balcony and see lawyer and fun-raiser Alan Kessler and nightclub/restaurateur Larry Cohen. Clinton is in the building, presumably with Gov. Rendell, who has an office here, and Mayor Nutter. Clinton overnighted at the Hyatt Regency on Penn's Landing, which is closer to I-95. She's expected to make a getaway for Washington in the wee hours.
 
9:09 p.m.
 
A raucous cheer of "Madame President" as the networks go live.
 
8:55 p.m.
 
CNN projects Pa for Clinton and the signs fly.
 
8:52 p.m.
 
The Bellevue ballroom, site of weddings ad proms, throbs and bakes in the heat of dozens of TV lights and beneath two ornate chandeliers. The room is divided into a series of pens in front of a stage. About a hundred supporters sit in stands behind the stage, festooned with a "Hillaryclinton.com" banner. About 200 others are jammed into a pen in front of the stage. Behind the pen, and along half of the balcony, are representatives of hundreds of media organizations from around the world. As they wait to do their stand-ups, the TV reporters chatter with their co-workers, and primp for the next camera shot. Still photogs edit photos.
The atmosphere has a happy buzz. Occasionally, a Hillary chant -- backed by a song like "I'll Take You There" -- will spring the crowd and the journalists to life.
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